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Caught in the middle: In a traditional field, farmers strive for sustainability

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Farmers are under pressure. Incomes are downExpenses are up. Plus, consumers are increasingly picky about their food and want it grown in environmentally friendly ways.  

That's where Field Work comes in. It's a new podcast from APM, and it explores how the world of agriculture is changing.

Hosts Zach Johnson and Mitchell Hora will sit down with farmers, agriculture companies and others to have frank conversations about the world of farming. The first two episodes of the podcast will be available May 1.  

Johnson is a fifth-generation family farmer from Minnesota who grows 2,500 acres of corn and soybeans with his dad. He also has a formidable online presence through his MN Millennial Farmer YouTube channel, which touts more than 200,000 subscribers.

Hora is a farmer and young entrepreneur from Washington, Iowa. His family has farmed in the area for over 100 years and makes conservation a strong focus.  When Mitchell is not working with his father on their row crop farm, he runs a consulting company, Continuum Ag, and hosts a podcast focused on soil health.

MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with Johnson and Hora about their new podcast and the future of sustainable agriculture.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.