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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,...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day at the Rick Juchems’ farm near Plainfield, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will focus on cover crops for soil health as part of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The event is...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day at the Fred Abels’ farm near Holland, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 12-3 p.m. The event will focus on cover crops for soil health as part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The event is free...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 12-3 p.m. in Stanton. The event will focus on cover crops for livestock use and soil health as part of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The event is free and the public...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day at the Don Elsbernd farm near Postville, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The event will focus on cover crops for soil health and erosion reduction as part of the Iowa Nutrient...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops field day at the Iowa Artists Theatre Company in Amana, on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will focus on cover crops for soil health as part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop field day at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) Buena Vista County office in Storm Lake, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 1. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the program will...
Due to the federal government shut down, there will be no October webinar. Our scheduled presenter, Mark Tomer, is an employee at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environement, therefore is unable to present.   The next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 11:30 a.m.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Southeastern Community College, West Burlington. The field day will focus on cover crops for erosion control and soil health.   Cover crops are becoming more common on Iowa...
The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 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...
Ames, Iowa—The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar, will be on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m., and features the new statewide youth campaign “Water Rocks!” Campaign director Jacqueline Comito and science director Ann Staudt will showcase Water Rocks! and its components.   The webinar is...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Mark Jacobs farm in Wapello County, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The field day will focus on cover crop management. The agenda of the field day includes: host farmer Mark Jacobs will share his experience growing cover crops...
Ames, Iowa—A field day will be held near Gilmore City at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. The field day will focus on agricultural practices that can reduce nutrients leaving the field for better water quality. The field day is free and open...

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