A trio of theater professionals use the prairie as a stage for a meditation on a global environment in flux.

Poet Molly Beth Griffin and illustrator Claudia McGehee came together to celebrate the Sand Hill crane's migration.
by Molly Beth Griffin and Claudia McGehee

An Iowa animal rights activist talks about how her grassroots fight against puppy mills began, and how it's grown.
by Mary LaHay

Can Midwestern farmers stop the steady loss of their most precious possession--their topsoil? This writer says yes, they can.
by Frederick L. Kirschenmann
Personal essay

Climate change isn't just a challenge for science; for this writer it poses a challenge to soul and spirit, too.
by Cornelia F. Mutel

A public utility takes on big Ag in the fight for clean water.
by William G. Stowe
Book Review

A college biology professor gives us her review of Cornelia Mutel's new book, A Sugar Creek Chronicle.
by Eizabeth J. Queathem

Pollinators are under threat. An Ohio-based biologist describes a project in which ordinary citizens helped save them.
by Amanda Gray

Dr. Laura Jackson believes the fate of the threatened Monarch Butterfly is tied inextricably to the fate of agriculture on the prairie.
by Laura J. Jackson

Artist Thomas Agran took an unexpected landscape for his subject: the convulsed earth of a construction site that had once been a farm.

The FarmHouse at Hickory Highlands in Fairfield, Iowa looks as if it sprang out of the earth it sits on. That's because it did.
by John Freeberg

In this issue, audio producers Sonia Chulaki and Marie Kolarik talk with writer and environmentalist Cornelia Mutel.
by Audio producers Sonia Chulaki, Noah Herbin and Marie Kolarik

Veterinarian Art Dunham's concern for his patients made him a world-renowned expert on the effects of Roundup herbicide on our environment.
by Jon Andelson, Mary Rose Bernal and Mark Baechtel

With his interview of Des Moines Waterworks CEO, our audio producer debuts our new podcast feature.
by Noah Herbin

Women are coming into farming in increasing numbers. As they do, they're changing the way we think about agriculture.
by Sophie Neems

Spending her life as a farmer hasn't kept Chris Gaunt from fighting for social justice, as our interviewer found.
by Tapiwa Zvidzwa

The prairie is a long way from the front lines in the fight with ISIS. Our interviewee brings the refugee experience home.
by Miriam Tibbetts

What do rural Iowa and small-town Norway have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. An Iowa Fulbright Scholar explains.
by John Lawrence Hanson

Is farmwork also social activism? It was for our correspondent, during an internship at Mustard Seed Community Farm.
by Tristan Aschittino
Short story

In the face of so much gun violence, how can a lover of guns respond? Read this short-story for an answer.
by Sandy Moffett

This photographer's images explore the tension between people and the land they inhabit.

The nationwide celebration of our waterways comes to the prairie.