On Air with IER: Episode 97

This week: A Purdue University project will test how the Midwest can update its agricultural system for the 21st century, and the U.S. EPA lays out its strategy for tackling PFAS chemicals.
November 1, 2021


Welcome to Episode 97 of the (new and improved) IER Podcast!


Rethinking Midwestern Agriculture

By Enrique Saenz

For decades, corn and soybeans have been the backbone of Midwestern agriculture, but a shifting economic situation and the effects of climate change may soon require farmers and policymakers to rethink the region’s investment in its two top crops.

A $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help Indiana researchers explore alternatives that may be more suitable for the Midwest of the future.

Read the full story here.


News In Brief

A roundup of recent climate and environmental related headlines from around the world.

Ancient DNA points to origins of modern domestic horses
Read the story here.

The nutritional value of giant kelp decreases as sea temperatures increase
Read the story here.


EPA Releases ‘Roadmap’ for PFAS Regulations During Biden Administration

By Enrique Saenz

The Biden administration released a roadmap for setting the national strategy for addressing a family of man-made “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, but both critics and the administration itself said the plan is “not enough” to fully address the chemicals’ threat.

Read the full story here.