Building a Culture of Conservation

Field Days & News

October 19, 2021

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Oct. 27 at noon CDT will feature Beth Baker, assistant extension professor, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mississippi State University. Baker conducts research and outreach in areas of water quality, nutrient transport, and other ecosystem services to advance conservation adoption and protect soil and water resources.

October 18, 2021

Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center will host a cover crop field day on Thursday, November from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Borlaug Learning Center near Nashua. The event is free, open to the whole family, and includes a complimentary meal.

October 15, 2021

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Boone River Watershed is hosting a field day on Wednesday, November 10th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. near Lu Verne to highlight the restoration of oxbows on Iowa’s landscape to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. The event is free, open to the whole family, and includes a complimentary meal.

October 11, 2021

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Oct. 20 at noon CDT will feature Dr. Sara McMillan, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University. McMillan’s research focuses on the impacts of agriculture and urbanization on how nutrients flow through living systems and their physical environments. She also studies the impact on ecosystem function in transitional areas between the land and water such as wetlands, floodplains and small streams.

October 5, 2021

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Oct. 13 at noon will feature Jake Hansen, water resources bureau chief, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Hansen will discuss IDALS programs and projects in the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, including in-field management practices, edge-of-filed practices, and wetland construction and restoration efforts.


Upcoming Field Days

October 21: Increased Water Quality Enhancement Wetlands and Oxbows = Improved Water Quality and More Wildlife
Join us as we explore a few different wetlands and oxbows in the state! We will examine funding programs and hear about the water quality benefits measured through the latest science-based techniques. In addition, we will look at how these water quality enhancement wetlands and oxbows can be used as part of risk management and nutrient reductions plans, as well as providing needed wildlife habitat in key locations. This highly interactive virtual field day will be a discussion between landowners, scientists, and wildlife specialists and virtual field day participants.
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November 10: Restoring Oxbows for Improved Water Quality And Wildlife Habitat
1905 110th Street
Lu Verne, IA 50560
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November 11: Cover Crop Field Day
Borlaug Learning Center
3327 290th St
Nashua, IA 50658
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November 16: Interseeding Cover Crops Field Day
ISU Northern Research Farm
310 S Main St
Kanawha, IA 50447

November 17: Cover Crop and Saturated Buffer Field Day
Mike Paustian's Farm
6520 215th St.
Walcott, IA 52773

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Upcoming Webinars
(Wednesdays at NOON):

10/13: Jake Hansen, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Wetland Initiatives
10/20: Sara McMillan, Purdue University
10/27: Beth Baker, Mississippi State University; Expanding Engagement in Watershed Conservation & Planning
11/3: Steven Hall, Iowa State University
11/10: Bill Hunt, North Carolina State University
11/17: Sotirios Archontoulis, Iowa State University
11/24: Jacqueline Comito, Iowa Learning Farms
12/1: Laura Witzling, Iowa State University
12/8: Kay Stefanik and Adam Janke, Iowa State University


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