Iowa Learning Farms July webinar looks at buffer strips and windbreaks

July 10, 2014

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar will be on Wednesday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.
This month’s presenter is Jesse Randall with Iowa State University (ISU) Forestry Extension. He will talk about planning for buffer strips as well as windbreaks to aid in soil erosion reduction, water retention and quality.
The ILF June webinar featured Dan Jaynes, who discussed saturated buffers along waterways and how they function. This month Randall will talk about planting these buffer strips, what kind of vegetation should be planted and other factors to consider. He will also talk about planting windbreaks for farmstead protection.
Jesse Randall is an associate professor in the ISU Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department and also with ISU Forestry Extension. He holds a Ph.D. in forestry from Michigan State University. His research includes studies in forest invasive plants, oak savannah restoration, sugar maple tree sap sweetness, and Christmas tree production.
To connect to the webinar, go to: at 11:30 a.m.on the morning of the webinar and log on using the “guest” option.
ILF has hosted a monthly webinar since January 2011. The ILF website has links for archived webinars from all previous sessions:  There are 40 webinars available to view on a variety of topics including soil erosion, cover crops and farmer perspectives. These can be viewed at any time. 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: