Iowa Learning Farms April webinar focuses on installing perennial prairie strips on farmland

April 3, 2015

The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for April will be on Wednesday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Timothy Youngquist, agriculture specialist in the Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Agronomy.
 
The presentation will focus on ISU research that shows by strategically converting 10 percent of a crop field into perennial prairie can greatly reduce soil erosion as well as phosphorous and nitrogen loss. Initial research conducted in central Iowa and the adoption of prairie strips on private farms will be discussed. The benefits of prairie and design considerations for siting prairie strips within farm fields will be covered.  
 
Timothy Youngquist grew up on a century farm near Kiron, in northwest Iowa, which has been continuously farmed by his family since 1871. He has assisted his father with all aspects of their corn and soybean operation.  As part of his family’s conservation efforts, he has been overseeing a project on their land creating buffer strips using native prairie in fields and riparian zones.  Youngquist’s role with the ISU Agronomy Department is to help farmers throughout the Midwest design and implement in-field buffer strips using native perennial prairie species.  
 
The ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access. To log in, 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.Webinar participants will be able to converse with Youngquist by typing their questions through the chat function. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.
 
Since January 2011, ILF has hosted a webinar every month. There are over 45 webinars to view 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.
 
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