Iowa farming for Earthjustice

I spent some time over the summer photographing farms in Southwest Iowa for Earthjustice. It's always fascinating to learn first hand about the environmental issues Earthjustice is tackling. I knew sustainable farming practices were an issue in Iowa, but it's something else to stand in a field and hear life-long farmers discuss the problems, the solutions and the long term health of our agricultural practices. Please learn more about the issue and the people in the photos by reading the story here. 

Chris Teachout, a fifth-generation farmer outside of Shenandoah. Teachout uses cover crops between corn and soy plantings to protect and regenerate the soil.

Chris Teachout, a fifth-generation farmer outside of Shenandoah. Teachout uses cover crops between corn and soy plantings to protect and regenerate the soil.

Seth Watkins works on his farm near Clarinda.

Seth Watkins works on his farm near Clarinda.

Watkins' farm outside of Clarinda

Watkins' farm outside of Clarinda

 Peter Lehner examines the topsoil on Seth Watkins' farm near Clarinda in southwest Iowa. Photographed on July 26, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
Earthjustice attorney Peter Lehner

Earthjustice attorney Peter Lehner

 Farmland in southwest Iowa, photographed on July 27, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Cattle grazing on restored prairie on Seth Watkins' farm near Clarinda in southwest Iowa, photographed on July 27, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Seth Watkins on his farm near Clarinda in southwest Iowa, photographed on July 26, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.

Pics from Europe

Pics from Europe

These pictures are just over a year old, but I haven't really shared them and thought now might be as good a time as any. My wife, Christina, and I spent a few weeks in Europe -mostly Italy with a short stop in Lisbon and a tiny day trip to Switzerland- for our "babymoon" last year. I didn't spend a huge amount of time taking pictures; my goal was to remember the trip not create The Definitive Pictures of Europe, but I like what I got.I didn't dig into them immediately, then our little fella came along and now a year later... here they are! 

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Ozark Empire Fair

I haven't photographed a county fair in four years, since I worked at my last newspaper. I always enjoy the earnestness of the fair, with the FFA and 4-Hers, and the way it turns into something different as the sun sets. When 417 Magazine asked me to shoot the Ozark Empire Fair, I shook off the rust and tapped into my previous experience while trying to give it a fresh look - at least for me. 

 The Sizzler entertains fairgoers at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Lucas Bouldin, of Brighton, Mo., helps harness Titan, an English shire, before a youth cart competition at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 The Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Danny Terrell, of Springfield, sings "Thunder Rolls" at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 The Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Fairgoers ride the carousel at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Katha Jackson works a funnel cake stand at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.

Trailiner

Trailiner, a refrigerated trucking company based in Springfield, Mo., is a multi-generation business. I photographed the founder and CEO, H.E. “Spook” Whitener, and his granddaughter, Amber Edmondson, the company's president, for Biz 417. 

 Trailiner CEO H.E. “Spook” Whitener and his granddaughter Amber Edmondson, president of the company, at their facility in Springfield, Mo on May 18, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Amber Edmondson, president of Trailiner, at the company's facility in Springfield, Mo. on May 18, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.