On Thursday, Jan. 21, Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) begins its sixth year of monthly webinars, kicking 2016 off with Dr. John Lawrence, Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University (ISU) and Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and ISU Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) Agriculture and Natural Resources program area. The webinar will be live on a special date and time: Thursday, January 21 at 2:10 p.m.
The webinar will feature ILF program manager Dr. Jacqueline Comito and Dr. Lawrence discussing conservation and ISUEO and what the future may hold. They will also discuss the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the challenges of meeting those goals of reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loss from Iowa. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Lawrence during the webinar, by typing their questions through the chat function of the Adobe Connect software.
Regularly, the ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month, and in 2016, the live broadcasts will be at 1 p.m. The webinars are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access. To connect to the webinar, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 1 p.m.on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the “guest” option.
ILF has hosted a monthly webinar since January 2011. All the past webinars are archived and can be watched anytime on the ILF website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/. There are 60 webinars to date available for viewing on a wide range of topics including soil erosion, cover crops, buffers, bioreactors, and farmer perspectives. The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, 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 are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.