AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 15 at noon about opportunities to convert marginal farmland to native perennial vegetation, and the associated benefits.
This presentation will explore the promise and opportunities for taking unprofitable areas out of production and converting them to native perennial vegetation. Adam Janke, an Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Iowa State University (ISU), will explore where these areas are found in crop fields, what to do with them once they’re found, and how water and wildlife can benefit from this conservation practice. Janke studies wildlife habitat relationships in working landscapes, with a specific focus on how wildlife use water quality conservation practices.
A large team of ISU educators have been working on this interdisciplinary project to describe the benefits of redefining the field edge. There are promising outcomes for farmers when profit loss areas are taken out of production and instead situated to grow soil and wildlife and provide clean surface waters. “I hope that participants will see the opportunity for redefining the field edge on their own farms, or farms they have influence over, and take the practice there and try it out,” said Janke when asked what he hoped webinar attendees would take away from his presentation.
To participate in the live webinar, shortly before 12:00 pm on April 15:
Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172
Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172
Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 364 284 172
The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.
Hilary Pierce Jacqueline Comito
Extension Outreach Specialist ILF Program Director