In his compositions, Iowa State University photography professor Steven Herrnstadt mines place for haunted and haunting resonances.
This painter found inspiration for her triptych in one of the Midwest's most common sights: a cornfield.
Linda Omaña, a member of our editorial staff, sat down with the photographer when he was on Grinnell College’s campus.
The artist's recent images were influenced by the gradual transformation of the prairie by settlements and agriculture.
Quilts aren't just for beds. Our correspondent shows us how they're warming up the rural landscape, too.
When things change, do they always change for the better? See what you think after reading this memoir of a one-room Missouri schoolhouse.
A young writer fresh out of college; a Nebraska horse farm; a wild-west show reunion. A memoir by Dan Weeks.
Dr. Laura Jackson believes the fate of the threatened Monarch Butterfly is tied inextricably to the fate of agriculture on the prairie.
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.
Last summer, native Californian Mary Rose Bernal "farm-sat," and found country life hard, sweaty, itchy and surprisingly...happy.
The work of this Connecticut-based photographer has frequently found its way onto our pages. Take a look at his work to see why.
Veterinarian Art Dunham's concern for his patients made him a world-renowned expert on the effects of Roundup herbicide on our environment.
Think moonshine is a thing of the past? Not so much. Watch a batch cook in this video taken on an Iowa farm.
It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
With his interview of Des Moines Waterworks CEO, our audio producer debuts our new podcast feature.
The Pines' music is as rooted in their prairie home as a field of coneflowers. Read our reviewer's thoughts, then give a listen.
Women are coming into farming in increasing numbers. As they do, they're changing the way we think about agriculture.
An Alaska-based artist turned her eye on the prairie during an artist's residency. The result: two paintings, featured in this issue.
This photographer's images explore the tension between people and the land they inhabit.
Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander lives in a converted country schoolhouse. She decided a schoolhouse needs a bell, and a belltower.
Mary Swander's Amish neighbor, Joe, places her new belltower over the entryway of her Amish schoolhouse/home.
Where can you find the essential Iowa? Not in a single place, as this writer found, on the road with his father and a van full of friends.
With the bell and belltower in place, Mary Swander can summon the neighbor children for pie...
Anthropologist Don Janzen examines his own background in his essay about his father's homesteading childhood in early 20th century Kansas.
When this Minnesota writer's family farm became a regional park, she kept her family memories.
Keith Kozloff discovered a trove of his old black-and-white negatives from the 1970s in an old shoe box. Take a look at this selection.
Audio producers Noah Herbin and Eva Gemrich interview University of Iowa Prof David Osterberg about CAFOs.
This Twin-cities photographer looked south for the images in this Closeup, to the small Iowa town of Belmond.
This first-time contributor's photo makes use of a familiar Midwestern setting: the shorn cornfield.