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AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Marshall County Farm Bureau, will host a cover crop and conservation leases workshop for women landowners on Thursday, June 7 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown. Women and men are encouraged to attend this free event...
AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about how cover crops can be incorporated into a farm lease arrangement on Wednesday, May 16 at 12:00 p.m. Cover crops are an important tool to help reduce soil erosion and nutrient losses while also improving soil health. On rented land,...
I want to return to the family farm but don't know how to start that crucial conversation... Where should I be investing my money and time as I begin farming? How can I care for the land and water for the future while still making a living today? How do I standout to potential landlords and...
AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about the latest research, installation standards and best management practices for saturated buffers on Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m. Saturated buffers are the newest edge-of-field practice for removing nitrate from tile-drained fields....
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host an emerging farmer workshop on Tuesday, April 24th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the NW Commons Dining Hall at Dordt College. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal. The workshop is designed for emerging farmers to provide timely and scientific...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Bremer County ISU Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop, soil health and bioreactor field day on Thursday, March 29 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Brian and Brenda Meyer’s farm, rural Readlyn. The event is free and open to the whole family and includes a...
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AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about how to better engage non-operator landowners in natural resources conservation on Wednesday, March 21 at 12:00 p.m. Tune in to this webinar to learn more about tools that are available to provide your land with a conservation check-up....
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Union County Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a cover crop, soil health and conservation leases field day for women landowners on Wednesday, March 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at James and...
Ames, IOWA - According to the Iowa Learning Farms 2017 Field Day Evaluation Report, Iowa cover crop acres grew last year by approximately 22% to 760,000 total acres. While the positive growth with shrinking profit margins is notable, the rate of growth is ten percent less than the growth measured...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host an emerging farmer soil health and grazing workshop on Thursday, March 15th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch in Creston. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal. The workshop is designed for emerging farmers to provide timely and...
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Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about how producers can reduce yield impact and disease risks when using cover crops on Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. Despite the many documented benefits of cover crops, some farmers are hesitant to add cover crops to their operations due to...
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...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Franklin County Extension and Outreach, will host an emerging farmer no-tillage workshop on Tuesday, February 20th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hampton. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal. The workshop is...
Ames, Iowa—Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield, and actually increased soybean yields in eight site-years and corn yield in two-sites years, according to a nine-year study conducted by the Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) and Practical Farmers...
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Ames, Iowa – Whiterock Conservancy is a non-profit land trust of 5,500 acres located near Coon Rapids along the Middle Raccoon River. The Conservancy demonstrates a variety of sustainable agricultural practices that build soil health. Rob Davis, Conservation Lands Manager with Whiterock Conservancy...
Ames, Iowa – Even with excellent nutrient management, nitrate losses from corn and soybean fields can occur because these cash crops only grow and take up nitrate and water for five months of the year. Cover crops like winter rye can be an effective strategy for reducing nitrate losses to...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with East Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, December 13th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Oakland. The event is free and...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Elk Run Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, December 6th. The 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. field day will be held in the Wapiti Room at the Swan Lake Conservation Education Center near Carroll. The event is...
Ames, Iowa – As substantial investments in drainage systems continue to be made across the U.S.- Midwest, the use of edge-of-field practices like woodchip bioreactors can help treat tile-drained water and help meet our water quality goals. Dr. Laura Christianson, Professional Engineer and Assistant...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a cover crop, strip-tillage and water quality field day on Thursday, November 30th. The 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. field day will be held at the Roland...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Walnut Creek Watershed, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, November 28th. The 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. field day will be held at the Montgomery County Historical Center in Red Oak...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Upper Iowa Watershed Management Authority, Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, November 21st from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Winneshiek County...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a cover crop field day on Thursday, November 16th. The 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. field day will be hosted by Ben and Andy Johnson, rural Floyd. The event...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will host a cover crop field day on Wednesday, November 15th. The 4:00-6:00 p.m. field day will be held at Lucas Bayer’s farm, rural Guernsey. The event is free and open to the public and includes a...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Middle Cedar Watershed Project, will host a cover crop and soil conservation field day on Wednesday, November 8th. The 12:00-2:00 p.m. field day will be held at Jim Lindaman’s farm, rural Aplington. The event is free and open to the public and includes...

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