Iowa Learning Farms February webinar explores watershed-scale conservation

February 6, 2014

The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. Mark Tomer, research soil scientist at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), will be the guest presenter.
The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series is held on the third Wednesday of each month.
Tomer will talk about a watershed scale planning framework that is based on a set of computerized mapping tools to help improve water quality. The mapping tools identify where different types of conservation practices can be used in watersheds to improve water quality. The output can help conservation planners and landowners develop a set of planning alternatives, with each map showing how a selected suite of conservation practices can be distributed to address key pollutant pathways in both surface and subsurface-drained landscapes.
Dr. Mark Tomer is a research soil scientist with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE) of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Ames, Iowa.  Tomer’s research is focused on developing watershed-based tools for planning the placement of conservation practices, and understanding how geographic analyses and water quality data can provide guidance for improving conservation effectiveness in watersheds.
To connect to the webinar, go to: at 11:30 a.m.on the morning of the webinar and log using the guest option.A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate. The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from all previous sessions:  The webinar archive is also available in a podcast through iTunes.
Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between 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); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.