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Farmer of the Future live talkshow in Iowa City

Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe greets guests before a live talkshow at the Javahouse in Iowa City, Iowa, in May 2012. (Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media)
Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe greets guests before a live talkshow at the Javahouse in Iowa City, Iowa, in May 2012. (Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media)

As part of our Farmer of the Future series, we teamed up with Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa and KCUR’s Central Standard to produce a live talk show examining the farmer of the future and the struggle many young farmers have in breaking in to the industry.

Held at the Java House in Iowa City, the show was hosted by Charity Nebbe of Iowa Public Radio.

Guests included Tyler Franzenburg, who farms about 80 acres with his dad but doesn’t consider himself a farmer – yet. That title, he said, comes with owning land and deriving most of your income from it.

“I don’t really think of myself, truly, as a farmer because it’s really a small part of what I do,” Franzenburg told Talk of Iowa’s Charity Nebbe.

Franzenburg said he’s always wanted to be a true farmer, but he can’t afford it yet. Instead, he has three or four other off-farm jobs that help keep him afloat. He’s hopeful though, that one day he’ll be able to make farming work.

“Since I was very little I don’t think I wanted to do anything else,” Franzenburg said.

Click here to listen to the show, or check out the live chat below: