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Iowa Learning Farms will host a strip-tillage and cover crop field day on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the Dean Stromer farm near Klemme from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Topics include the use of strip-tillage and cover crops as conservation farming techniques. Learn how strip-tillage and cover crops benefit soil...
The Conservation Station and the Farm Bureau are teaming up at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7-17, to promote that “Conservation Counts.”   The Conservation Station will be at Farm Bureau Park, located between the Administration Building and the Varied Industries Building, during the fair. Iowa...
Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day near Leon from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. The field day will focus on pasture improvement and includes a pasture walk at Triple C Farms.   Todd Coffelt along with his brothers, Chris and Paul, co-own Triple C Farms. They raise cattle on the family...
This month’s Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar will be on Wednesday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with...
Iowa Learning Farms and the STRIPs research group will host a prairie strips installation field day at the farm of Gary Guthrie near Nevada from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Featured topics include the process and cost of implementing prairie strips in cash crop fields and the benefits...
Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA), will host a “Nutrient Reduction Strategies” field day at the LICA farm near Melbourne from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. Featured topics include the demonstration of various conservation practices that help...
Iowa Learning Farms will host a “Benefits of Strip-Tillage” field day at the farm of Tom Wagner near Primghar from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on June 23. The event is free-of-charge and open to the public, and a meal catered by Red’s Café will be served.    Tom Wagner and his brother Jim have been using strip-...
Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and the Cedar River Watershed Coalition will host a field day at the farm of Dick and Diana Sloan in Rowley on Thursday, June 19, from 12:30-3:00 p.m.  Topics covered will include winter cereal rye for grain production; cover crops with and after rye...
Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Roverud Family Partnership Farm, Elkader, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19. The field day will will focus on using prairie strips integrated with row crops for reductions in nutrient and sediment runoff. The event is free-of-charge, open to...
Iowa Learning Farms will host a “Strip-till and Cover Crops for Nutrient Management” field day on Tuesday, June 17 at the farm of Mark Thompson near Badger, Iowa from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Topics that will be discussed include the use of strip-tillage and cover crops as conservation farming techniques,...
This month’s Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar will be on Wednesday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with...
Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Union Grove Lake Watershed Group and the Tama Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a “Cover Crops for Forage and Grazing” field day on Thursday, June 5, at the farm of Randy Seinknecht in Gladbrook, Iowa from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will...
This month’s Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar, will be on Wednesday, May 21at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series is on the third Wednesday of each month.   Christopher Anderson, assistant director of the Climate Science Program at Iowa...
Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation seems to have little effect on yield, according to a five-year study conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Ten Iowa farmers have devoted part of their acres to conduct the study.   Between 2009 and 2013, the farmers...
The Water Rocks! team came home with 15 awards at the 23rd Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) award ceremony, held on March 29 in Burlington, Iowa.   Water Rocks! is a statewide youth education campaign to bring awareness about water and why it rocks. The Water Rocks! team has produced...
The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) April webinar, to be held Wednesday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m., will feature Rick Cruse, Iowa State University (ISU) agronomy professor. He will discuss soil erosion that is ignored or unreported by most agencies, and even the Iowa Daily Erosion Project.   The webinar is...
The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. Clare Lindahl, executive director of Conservation Districts of Iowa, will be the guest presenter. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series is held on the...
Iowa Learning Farms, as part of the Iowa Cover Crops Working Group, will host four cover crop workshops across Iowa in March and April.   Cover crops are growing in popularity in Iowa. When cover crops are added to a corn-soybean rotation, they can help reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering...
The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. Mark Tomer, research soil scientist at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), will be the guest presenter.   The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through...
The use of cover crops on Iowa farm fields is growing. Cover crops offer many benefits including slowing erosion, helping with nutrient management, and building organic matter in the soil.   To help farmers understand how cover crops work and the best management practices for including them in...
It began in 2004 with a small group of concerned people from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa State University (ISU) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). They created a project that would address increasing adoption of conservation farming practices...
Ames, Iowa—The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar, will be on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. This month kicks off the fourth year of ILF webinars as well as the 10th year of the Iowa Learning Farms program. Jacqueline Comito, this month’s presenter, is the ILF program manager. Not...
Cover crops are planted in the fall and stay on fields over the winter, covering the ground with foliage and holding soil in place with their roots. These assets help to slow soil erosion and reduce nitrate leaching thereby improving water quality. They also improve soil health and productivity and...
The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar, will be on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m., and will feature Bill Crumpton, Iowa State University professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, whose research focuses on wetlands.   The webinar is part of a free series,...
The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m. Jerry Hatfield, laboratory director of the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), will be the guest presenter.   The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF,...

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