Iowa Learning Farms March webinar focuses on manure and water quality

March 9, 2015

The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for March will be on Wednesday, March 18, at 1:00 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Dan Andersen, assistant professor and Extension specialist with Iowa State University (ISU), in the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
 
Andersen will present on topics related to animal manure, including why animal manure and human waste are managed differently, the value in utilizing manure in a crop production system, and tips and thoughts on how to get the most value from manure resources and protect water quality.
 
Andersen has been with ISU since 2012 and has worked with beef, swine, and dairy clients on their manure management needs. He has also researched manure handling and treatment systems. Andersen has an extensive background in manure utilization, and his love for animal agriculture and the environment stems from growing up on a small dairy farm in central Wisconsin.
 
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 participate, 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 Andersen by typing their questions through the chat function. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time. All past webinars are archived on the ILF website: 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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