Building a Culture of Conservation

Field Days & News

May 23, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place June 1 at noon CDT will feature Iowa State University Ph.D. candidate, Lindsey Hartfiel. Hartfiel is recognized for her work with engineered systems for water quality, with a particular focus on denitrification bioreactors for nitrate reduction. Her research goals focus on engineering of conservation systems to maximize positive impacts, identify new benefits, and reduce the risk of unintended byproducts or outcomes.

May 17, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place May 25 at noon CDT will feature Iowa State University environmental research scientists Dr. Chumki Banik and Dr. Santanu Bakshi. Banik and Bakshi collaborate on research regarding the management and utilization of manure as organic fertilizer in ways that can improve soil health while limiting nutrient loss to waterways. Their work includes assessment of the impacts of biochar-manure mixtures on the physical and chemical structure of agricultural soils. In addition, their current research focuses on the use of zeolite, a highly absorbent mineral, and biochar in concentrating and recovering nutrients from swine manure for efficient recycling to cropland while reducing nutrient leakage and improving air quality within the swine production system.

May 10, 2022

Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day Wednesday, June 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Brent Johnson’s Farm near Manson. The free event is open to farmers and landowners and includes a complimentary meal.

May 9, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place May 18 at noon CDT will feature Emily Zimmerman, assistant professor, department of natural resource ecology and management & global resource systems, department of horticulture, Iowa State University. Zimmerman’s research focuses on the innovative application of geospatial data and tools to identify opportunities to improve agricultural conservation practice outcomes to enhance environmental benefits as well as estimating related economic outcomes. Through her work with models such as the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), a non-prescriptive analysis and planning tool in use throughout the U.S. Corn Belt, she enables stakeholders to assess practice implications in their decision-making processes.

May 2, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place May 11 at noon CDT will feature William Crumpton, university professor at Iowa State University. Dr. Crumpton’s research focuses on wetland processes and functions, including the dynamics of energy flow and nutrient transformation in wetlands, the fate and effects of agricultural contaminants in wetlands, and the role of restored and constructed wetlands in watershed hydrology, greenhouse gas emissions and water quality.


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Wednesdays at 12pm CT
5/18: Emily Zimmerman, Iowa State University
5/25: Santanu Bakshi and Chumki Banik, Iowa State University
6/1: Lindsey Hartfiel, Iowa State University
6/8: Peter Kyveryga, Iowa Soybean Association
6/15: Matt Ruark and Abigail Auguarten, University of Wisconsin-Madison
6/22: Chad J. Penn, USDA-ARS
6/29: Vince Sitzmann, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
7/6: Jane Frankenberger, Purdue University

Upcoming Field Days

May 24, 2022 | Conservation On Tap
Backpocket Brewing
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA 52241
RSVP: 515-294-5429 or
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May 25, 2022 | Conservation On Tap
Kinship Brewing Company
255 NW Sunrise Dr
Waukee, IA 50263
RSVP: 515-294-5429 or
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June 1, 2022 | Redefining the Field Edge Field Day
Brent Johnson Farm
1811 Ralston Ave
Manson, IA 50563
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