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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...
Ames, Iowa—The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar will be on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m. and features Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship staff members Jim Gillespie and Shawn Richmond. They will be presenting information about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The...
 Ames, Iowa—A field day will be held on Aug. 30, hosted by the Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, rural Boone, from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch following the program. The event will focus on cover crops and corn production. The field day is free and the public is...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a field day on Tuesday, Aug. 6, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The field day will focus on using cover crops to build soil health and reduce erosion. The field day will be held at the Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative, 22458...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a “Visit to the Farm” at Abbe Hills Farm near Mt. Vernon on Sunday, August 4, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The event will focus on urban conservation, sustainable vegetable production, and practicing conservation on farmland...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a soil health day in Albert City on Tuesday, July 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event will focus on soil health, primarily no-till and strip-till as well as using cover crops. The Soil Health Day will be held in the...
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Arlyn Kauffman farm near Weldon, Iowa, on Thursday, August 1, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The field day will focus on cover crop management and conservation farming practices for southwestern Iowa soils. A farm tour will be held and David Otte...
Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day near Leon, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. The field day will include a pasture walk at Triple C Farms and will focus on pasture improvement. At the field day, Jane Hanson, Dow Agri Services Representative, and Roth Mullen, Leon MFA manager,...

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