Bioreactor and Saturated Buffer Workshop to be held January 25 near Marion | Building a Culture of Conservation

Bioreactor and Saturated Buffer Workshop to be held January 25 near Marion

January 5, 2022

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Heartland Cooperative, Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition and Indian Creek Soil Health Partnership Project is hosting a farmer and landowner workshop on Tuesday, January 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Jordans Grove Farms LLC near Marion to discuss bioreactor and saturated buffer edge-of-field practices. The free event is open to farmers and landowners and includes a complimentary meal.


Saturated buffers and bioreactors have been prioritized by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as they are some of the most cost-effective methods to improve water quality. These practices can be located within existing filter strips and are designed to work with the drainage system of the field. There are now numerous programs with financial and technical assistance available to encourage farmers and landowners to install these critical practices.


Join us to learn more about how these practices work through the demonstration of the Conservation On The Edge trailer. Ruth McCabe, conservation agronomist with Heartland Cooperative, and Keegan Kult, executive director for Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition, will provide information and technical assistance to help decide if a bioreactor or saturated buffer can work on your farmland. Emery Davis, soil health coordinator for the Indian Creek Soil Health Partnership Project, will be on hand to provide an update on the project and discuss funding opportunities available to assist with the installation process.


The workshop will be at 2818 Jordans Grove Rd, Marion, IA 52302. From Marion, head east on US-151/Old Dubuque Rd for 2.5 miles. Turn left to head north on Jordans Grove Rd for 1.4 miles. The heated shop will be located on the west side of the road.


The workshop is free and open to farmers and landowners. Space is limited, so reservations are required to ensure adequate space and food. For reasonable accommodations and to RSVP please contact Liz Ripley at 515-294-5429 or ilf@iastate.edu.  Each attendee will receive a Heartland baseball hat and will be entered in a drawing that evening for several door prizes including an insulated cooler, insulated mug, and ISU Prairie Strips honey.


Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.


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.