AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, August 12 at noon about the new Sustainable Advanced Bioeconomy Research (SABR) farm at Iowa State University (ISU).
Ecosystem service markets promise farmers new money, but how do we quantify services farmers might sell? Emily Heaton, Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, will explain how greenhouse gas and water changes are being measured at field-scale in perennial and annual crops at the SABR farm. The knowledge gained from this research is used to inform government agency recommendations and private valuation of ecosystem services.
“Iowa is uniquely positioned to make money from providing ecosystem services and our research is revealing how to “grow” and measure ecosystem service products,” said Heaton, whose work investigates land and crop management strategies that return value to people and the land through perennial crops, especially perennial grasses. There is money to be made from providing ecosystem services and the research done by ISU at SABR is underpinning Midwest market development.
To participate in the live webinar, shortly before 12:00 pm CDT on August 12:
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