December Webinar: Back to By-products: Promises and opportunities for layering benefits of water-resource conservation to restore farmland wildlife in the Corn Belt

November 25, 2019

AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, December 18 at 12:00 p.m. about opportunities for the restoration of farmland wildlife in Iowa.

Farmland wildlife, including many grassland breeding birds, butterflies, mammals, and other species were once considered by-products of diversified agricultural production practices in Iowa that included hay, pasture, small grains, and other crops. Today, fewer wildlife thrive in row cropped landscapes, but coupling wildlife habitat conservation with efforts to improve water and soil health offers promise for restoring farmland wildlife to rural Iowa. Adam Janke, Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, will explore these synergies and discuss the promise of using natural features and processes improve water quality and wildlife habitat on the same acres.

Janke’s research seeks to understand how wildlife, especially birds, use agricultural landscapes to help farmers, landowners, and policy makers find opportunity areas for wildlife conservation in working landscapes. He hopes that participants will learn to recognize opportunity areas for coupling wildlife habitat conservation with soil and water conservation practices that are good for farms, farmers, and downstream or down-flyway neighbors. Janke states, “Coupling water quality conservation practices with wildlife conservation practices is a promising effort to achieve multifunctional rural landscapes that are good for people, water, wildlife, and land.”

A Certified Crop Adviser board approved continuing education unit (1 CEU: Crop Management) is available for those who are able to watch the live webinar. Information for submitting your CCA/CPAg/CPSS/CPSC number to earn the credit will be provided at the end of the presentation.

To watch, go to and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12:00 p.m. on December 18, to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by 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 include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.


Hilary Pierce                                       Jacqueline Comito

Extension Outreach Specialist            ILF Program Director                  

515-294-8912                                       515-296-0081