Corn plants sprout with large dark storm clouds overhead

Digging Deep: Iowa Agriculture

Jordan Scheibel washes radishes in a bucket

Season 1 Episode 7

On this episode of All Things Grinnell, we take a look at how Jordan Scheibel '10 became enthralled with local agriculture and decided to plant his roots here in Grinnell after graduating. Scheibel now runs Middle Way Farm, an organic farm on the outskirts of Grinnell. His time at Grinnell as a student helped shape his interests in local food, as he worked in the Grinnell College Garden garden and helped found the Community Garden at Miller Park in Grinnell. In our conversation, Scheibel explains the value of local food production and consumption as life-sustaining activities.

We also talk with Jack Mutti, emeritus professor of economics, about the impact of tariffs and trade disputes on the economy, with a particular emphasis on Iowa agriculture. Escalating trade disputes have hit hard for many farmers, as foreign countries have targeted agriculture and livestock exports with recent tariffs. During our conversation, Mutti utilizes evidence from studies conducted by Iowa State University about the impact of trade disputes on Iowa farmers.


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