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AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual prairie strips field day on Thursday, July 9 at 1pm CDT.  Join us as we explore the multitude of benefits prairie strips can offer with Tim Youngquist,...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 1 at noon about the effect of a cereal rye cover crop on corn yield. Alison Robertson, Professor and Extension Field Crops Pathologist at Iowa State University, will share results from one of her research projects...
Ames, Iowa, June 19, 2020 – Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), a conservation-focused education and outreach program for Iowa farmers and landowners based at Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, is collaborating with Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) to provide an online Cover Crop Boot Camp...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at noon about the potential targeted wetland restorations have to reduce agricultural nutrient loads. Over the past 15 years, over 90 wetlands have been restored through the Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual cover crop field day on Thursday, June 25 at 1pm CDT with video footage from the field and live interaction with farmers and...
Beauty of Conservation Photo Contest
Iowa Learning Farms announces its Beauty of Conservation Photo Contest, scheduled to run from June 22 to July 6. The contest is open to amateur photographers, including youth and 18+ entry groups, with a variety of fun prizes awarded in each group. “The beauty of conservation is...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 17 at noon about the “Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual”.    The “Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual” brought together many experts with the sole purpose of developing best management practices...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual soil health field day on Thursday, June 18 at 1pm CDT.  Join us as we dig into soil health with Dr. Marshall McDaniel, assistant professor in soil-plant...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 10 at noon about research on how to optimize nutrient reducing prairie strips.   Targeted restoration of native perennial vegetation (e.g. prairie strips) shows great promise as a nutrient reduction practice. To...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Conservation Learning Group, and Prairie Rivers of Iowa, is hosting a free virtual saturated buffer field day on Thursday, June 11 at 1pm CDT.  Join us as we explore the first-ever saturated buffer that was...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at noon about the results of a long-term catchment-scale monitoring project in the Black Hawk Lake watershed. The long-term monitoring project collected flow and water quality data from paired catchments, one of...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 27 at noon about urban conservation and stormwater management practices that homeowners can use.   The addition of impervious surfaces to the landscape in urban areas increases water runoff volume and rate, which can...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual wetland field day on Thursday, May 28th at 1pm CDT.  From fens to oxbows to prairie potholes, each wetland has a role to play. Within a row crop system,...
AMES, Iowa—May is American Wetlands Month and Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at noon about the importance of wetlands in Iowa. Wetlands are important for all life in Iowa, due to the many ecosystem services they provide, such as water quality improvement,...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 13 at noon about the benefits of reducing mowed land area across rural Iowa. Reducing the size of mowed areas in rural Iowa has many layered benefits for landowners and land. Adam Janke, Assistant Professor and...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day on Thursday, May 14th at 1pm CDT. The event will include video footage from a local riparian forest area and live interaction with Billy Beck,...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at noon about multi-cropping, and the soil health, environmental, and economic benefits of this practice. Multi-cropping has many associated benefits. It adds opportunities for producers to increase diversity to crop...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 29 at noon about the work that is being done in Iowa to reduce losses of agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus, as well as the progress that has been made.   What are the drivers of nutrient loss and water quality...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 22 at noon about the importance of including trees in Iowa’s water quality conversation. Billy Beck, Assistant Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist at Iowa State University, will discuss the benefits that trees...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day on Friday, April 24th at 1pm CST. The event will include video footage from the field and live interaction with Marshall County farmer Wade...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is launching a new virtual free cover crop field day on Thursday, April 16th at 1pm CST that will include video footage from the field. The event will allow for live interaction...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 15 at noon about opportunities to convert marginal farmland to native perennial vegetation, and the associated benefits. This presentation will explore the promise and opportunities for taking unprofitable areas out...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 8 at noon. Due to the necessary postponement of our spring field days, this webinar will provide information on how to succeed with cover crops and no-till for spring 2020. Liz Ripley, Conservation & Cover Crop...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 1 at noon. This webinar will explore the relationship between stream channel incision and the depth to groundwater in riparian corridors. Riparian buffers have the capacity to remove nitrogen from shallow groundwater...
AMES, Iowa – Conservation Learning Group, a think tank based at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and dedicated to addressing conservation and environmental challenges, has published the Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual to aid farmers in selecting conservation measures...

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