Iowa Learning Farms November webinar buzzing about pollinators

November 6, 2014

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar will be on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11:30 a.m. The presenter for November is Mary Harris, a faculty member at Iowa State University (ISU) in the departments of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Entomology.
 
Harris will present information on pollinators that have found habitat in perennial prairie plants within row crop fields. She has been part of the research team with the STRIPS project: Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips, located at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie City. The research results showed that the prairie plants supported a community of pollinators including 70 species of bees.
 
Harris’s research includes providing pollinator habitat in intensively farmed landscapes and the impacts on honey bees foraging on resources contaminated with neonicotinoid: pesticides that are similar to nicotine.
 
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. To connect to the webinar, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ 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: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.  There are over 45 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: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.
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