Economics
Essay

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

Professor John Ikerd's love for rural communities has led him to ask some difficult questions.
by John Ikerd
Essay

This rancher used his diary to envision a brighter future on the land for his children.
by Pete Ferrell
Interview

Linda Omaña, a member of our editorial staff, sat down with the photographer when he was on Grinnell College’s campus.
by Linda Omaña
Essay

Ag giant Prestage came to Mason City, promising to transform its economy. The author, a City Councilman, describes what happened next.
by John P. Lee
Feature

Janet Schlapkohl dramatized the farm crisis of the 80s in her one-woman show.
Podcast

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

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
Music

An Iowa writer, musician and dramatist captures the plight of many small prairie towns in this song.