Agricultural issues
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
Paintings

This painter found inspiration for her triptych in one of the Midwest's most common sights: a cornfield.
Essay

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

Twenty-five years from now, will fertile agricultrural landscapes look the way they look today?
Essay

Our correspondent reports on the efforts of prairie ranchers like her to bring bison back to their pastures.
by Kayla Koether
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
Digital Art

It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
by Cecilia Bergman
Podcast

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

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

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

An Alaska-based artist turned her eye on the prairie during an artist's residency. The result: two paintings, featured in this issue.
Essay

Urban gardens need pollinators, but where do the bees come from amid all that concrete? Enter Jana Kinsman.
by Sara Arena