Emerging Farmer Workshop to be held March 6th at Iowa State University | Building a Culture of Conservation

Emerging Farmer Workshop to be held March 6th at Iowa State University

February 7, 2018

AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host an emerging farmer workshop on Tuesday, March 6th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Elings Hall at Iowa State University. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal.

The workshop is designed for emerging farmers to provide timely and scientific information about no-tillage, soil conservation and water quality as they develop sustainable business plans. To kick off the workshop, facilitators will pose five-seven questions for groups of participants to focus on. Identifying what participants already know about the topics helps facilitators avoid presenting information that is already familiar, and thus helps educators better address the group’s needs.  For the remainder, Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy, Jamie Benning, ISU Extension and Outreach water quality program manager and Matt Helmers, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, will review the common answers to each question, identify misconceptions, answer questions, and provide further information on the topics. They will be prepared to discuss impacts of no-till on crop yields and soil health, as well as herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment of cover crops, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection, and more.

Emerging farmers include anyone who has recently started farming, or who would like to farm or have a voice in the management of their family’s farm. We encourage anyone new to farming or interested in farming to attend.

The workshop will be held in 1306 Elings Hall, Iowa State University, Ames. The workshop is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Please RSVP to Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or ilf@iastate.edu.   

For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.

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, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319).