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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 cause...
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...
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, flood...
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 Extension...
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...
In these challenging times when field days and in-person gatherings are postponed, and we all adjust to the new reality of social distancing, Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) will host weekly webinars each Wednesday at noon. These new weekly webinars will supplement the regular monthly webinar series...
POSTPONED INDEFINITELY  With the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolving, so is Iowa State University’s response. To comply with the University’s decisions, ILF will be canceling all events until May 9. This includes the following: March 17, Cover Crop Field Day March 18, Cover Crop and...
Ames, Iowa, March 9, 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, released its 2019 Evaluation Report detailing the impact of multiple education and outreach...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Poweshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, March 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Roger Van Donselaar’s Farm. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a...
Ames, Iowa, March 3, 2019 – Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), a hands-on education and outreach program for Iowa landowners and agricultural producers based at Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, and Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), a statewide organization working to equip farmers to...
AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, March 18th at 12:00 p.m. with Matt Russell, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light. “The question isn’t: ‘Do you believe in climate change?’ The question is: ‘Do you believe in Iowa farmers?’” said Russell,...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms and USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service will host a cover crop and soil health field day on Wednesday, March 18 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Campbell Farm near Ground Mound. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal. ...
AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, March 17 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Agri-Tech Aviation’s airplane hangar near...
AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, February 5th at 12:00 p.m. with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. The webinar will feature Dr. Jacqueline Comito, Iowa Learning Farms Program Director, and Secretary Naig discussing conservation, water quality and...
AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00 p.m. about the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. Matt Helmers, Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, will discuss the Center and some of the impacts from research projects funded by the Center, as...
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-...

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