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Please note that the opinions of the presenters are not necessarily the views of Iowa Learning Farms.
With the webinar series, ILF is providing a resource for exchange of ideas and information.

2020 ILF Webinar Archives


November 4: Adam Schnieders
Nutrient Reduction Progress at Iowa Wastewater Treatment Facilities
November 11: Abbey Wick
Finding the Right Fit for Soil Health Practices
November 18: John McMaine
Don't Run off!—Managing Stormwater in the Urban Landscape


October 7: Chris Hay
Choosing an Edge-of-Field Practice: Decision Trees Can Help
October 14: Jacqueline Comito and Jamie Benning
The Halo Effect: Do Short-Term Watershed Project Successes Lead to Long-Term Continued Successes?
October 21: Prashant Jha
Sustainable Weed Management Solutions for Iowa Corn and Soybean
October 28: Sarah Carlson
Cover Crops for Better Corn and Soybeans


September 2: Matt Helmers
Long-Term Impacts of 4R Nitrogen Management Practices and Cover Crops on Nitrate-N Loss
September 9: Billy Beck
Lessons From the Derecho: Addressing Storm Damage and Working Towards Resilient Forest and Tree Resources
Resources PDF
September 16: Steven Bradbury
Enhancing Monarch Butterfly Conservation in Iowa
September 23:Witold (Witek) Krajewski
Iowa Flood Center Floodplain Mapping Programs

September 30: Justin Glisan
Iowa’s Wild Weather Year: From Drought to Derecho



August 5: Karen Wilke
Scaling up Oxbow Wetland Restorations for Multiple Benefits
August 12: Emily Heaton
SABR: ISU’s New Sustainable Advanced Bioeconomy Research Farm
August 19: Morgan Davis and Emily Waring
Tradeoffs Between Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Nitrate Loss, and Soil Health in No-Till and Cover Crop Systems
August 26: Erika Lundy
Evaluating Annual Forages for Beef Cattle: ISU Forage Research Test Plots


July 1: Alison Robertson
Optimizing Yields of Corn Planted After a Cereal Rye Cover Crop
July 8: Cover Crop Bootcamp with Matt Carstens and Lee Briese
The Business of Cover Crops
July 15: Cover Crop Bootcamp with Bert Strayer, James Holz, Dean Sponheim, and Nate LeVan
Setup and Logistics for Cover Crop Success
Presenter Slides
July 22: Cover Crop Bootcamp with Dave Schwartz, Eileen Kladivko, and Meaghan Anderson
Conservation Agronomy of Cover Crops: Start to Finish
Presenter Slides
July 29: Tim Youngquist
Multiple On-Farm Improvements Provided by Prairie Strips


June 3: Michelle Soupir
A Paired Watershed Study of the Impact of Stacked BMPs on Water Quality
June 10: Justin Meissen
Making Nutrient Reducing Prairie Strips More Predictably Successful, Multi-Functional, and Cost Effective
June 17: Mark Licht
A Resource for Successful Adoption of Conservation Practices
June 24: William Crumpton
Environmental Performance of Wetlands Receiving Non-Point Source Nutrient Loads: Benefits and Limitations of Targeted Wetland Restorations


May 6: Ross Evelsizer
Multi-Cropping as a Profitable Soil Health Solution
May 13: Adam Janke
Exploring the Economic, Ecological, and Aesthetic Case for Retiring (Or at Least Down-Sizing) the Mower on Farms and City Lots
May 20: Kay Stefanik
Wetland Ecosystem Services: How Wetlands Can Benefit Iowans
May 27: Paul Miller
The Importance of Urban Conservation and Useful Stormwater Management Practices for Homeowners


April 1: Hilary Pierce
The Effect of Stream Channel Incision on Groundwater Depth in Riparian Corridors
April 8: Liz Ripley & Mark Licht
Succeeding with Cover Crops & No-Till: A Guide for Spring 2020
April 15: Adam Janke
Finding Mutual Opportunities for Soil, Water, and Wildlife by Redefining the Field Edge
April 22: Billy Beck
Trees, Forests, and Forestry: Benefits to Water Quality and On-Farm Income in Iowa
April 29: Laurie Nowatzke
Iowa's Water Quality Challenge: Efforts and Progress in Reducing Agricultural Nitrogen and Phosphorus Loss
Links Mentioned During Presentation


March 18: Matt Russell
Embracing the call to abundance, the value of environmental service on Iowa farms
March 25: Mark Rasmussen
Carbonate research and the potential for carbon storage in Iowa soils


February 5:  Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
A Water Quality Chat 


January 15: Kay Stefanik
Update from the Iowa Nutrient Research Center

2019 ILF Webinar Archives

January 16: Mike Naig
A Conservation Chat with Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
July 17: Laurie Nowatzke
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy measurement project: Tracking progress towards Iowa’s water quality goals
February 20: Amy Kaleita
Farmed Prairie Potholes – Consequences & Management Options
August 21: Jacqueline Comito
15 Years of Iowa Learning Farms
March 20: Mark Rasmussen
Are Cattle Really Wrecking the Planet?

September 18: Emily Heaton
Integrating perennials into underperforming parts of fields could improve the farm economy, water quality, and bioenergy feedstock production

April 17: Jerry Hatfield
Why Improving the Soil Will Pay Dividends
October 16: Randall Cass, Extension Entomologist
ISU Bee Research and Best Management Practices
May 15: Emily Waring
Cover Crop Impact on Crop Yield and Water Quality: Single Species vs Mixtures

November 18: Dr. Benjamin Turner
A Systems Approach to Soil and Water Conservation

November 20: Erika Lundy, Extension Beef Specialist, and Rebecca Vittetoe, Extension Field Agronomist
ISU Research Focuses on Integrating Cover Crops for Grazing into Row Crop Enterprises

June 19: Chris Hay
Drainage Water Recycling: An Emerging Conservation Drainage Practice
December 18: Adam Janke
Back to By-products: Promises and opportunities for layering benefits of water-resource conservation to restore farmland wildlife in the Corn Belt


2018 ILF Webinar Archives

January 17: Rob Davis 
Pasture Conservation: Grazing for Soil, Livestock and Wildlife
July 18: Chuan Tang
Economic Benefits of Nitrogen Reductions in Iowa
February 21: Alison Robertson
Who Knew? Cover Crops, Corn, and Water Molds
August 15: Marshall McDaniel
Decomposition of Tea as a Low-Cost, Scientifically-Robust Soil Health Indicator
Presentation Slides PDF
March 21: Agren, Inc.
Non-Operator Landowners: A Crucial Piece to Natural Resources Conservation
September 19: Kevin Kuhn
Benefits of Conservation Planning to Farmers, Landowners and Society
April 18: Dan Jaynes
Update on Saturated Buffers
October 17: Steven Hall
Wet spots as hot spots: Understanding and managing nitrogen losses from hydric soil landscapes
May 16: Charles Brown
Cover Crops As Part of the Farm Lease Arrangement
November 14: Matt Helmers
Conservation Learning Labs: Evaluating Nutrient Reduction Practice Implementation at the Delivery Scale
June 20: Sara Berges
Leaving a Conservation Legacy: How to Include Conservation in a Farm Lease and Document Your Conservation Goals
December 12: Mark Licht
#NoTillb4Beans and #CoverYourBeans: Highlighting field performance improvements and nutrient reduction strategy gains


2017 ILF Webinar Archives

September 20: Matt Helmers
Edge-of-Field Practices: What is Needed and What Will It Take?
November 15: Laura Christianson
Denitrifying Woodchip Bioreactors: Past, Present and Future 
October 18: Joe Sellers
Management-Intensive Grazing and Grasslands 
December 13: Tom Kaspar
Lessons Learned from Using Cover Crops to Reduce Losses of Nitrate for 15 Years


2016 ILF Webinar Archives

January 21: John Lawrence
A Conversation with Iowa State University Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
July 20: Jacqueline Comito and Ann Staudt 
Building a Culture of Conservation 
February 17: Kevin Meyer
An Economists Approach to Managing Pollution
August 17: Lisa Schulte-Moore
Getting Into Soil and Water with PEWI
March 16: Liz Juchems 
The Economic Value of Cover Crops
September 21: Mike Castellano
How Can We Increase Nitrogen Retention and Soil Health?
April 20: Tanya Meyer-Dideriksen and Wren Almitra 
Women, Land, and Legacy Program
October 19: Matt Helmers
Drainage and Water Quality: Common Questions and Misconceptions 
May 18: Steven Bradbury
Monarch Conservation and Agricultural Productivity
November 16: Ann Staudt
Earthworms and Cover Crops: Unlocking the Secrets in Soil 
June 15: Angie Carter 
Creating Community in Your Watershed


2015 ILF Webinar Archives

January 27: Bill Northey
A Conversation with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
July 22: Mahdi Al-Kaisi
Healthy Soil for a Sustainable Agriculture System
February 18: Joe Sellers
Cover Crops and Grazing
August 19: Tom Kaspar
Reaching the full potential of cover crops in Iowa
March 18: Dan Andersen
Manure: An old fertilizer in a precision age
September16: Richard Cooke and Chad Ingels
April 15: Tim Youngquist
Spreading prairie strips to Iowa farms
(We are sorry that the visuals on this webinar are of low quality.)
October 21: Rosalyn Lehman and Nate Hoogeveen
Restoring Iowa's Rivers
May 20: Rebecca Ohrtman and Jamie Benning
Source Water Protection Program 
November 18: Brian Gelder
Daily Erosion Project Version 2
June 17: Sarah Carlson
Cover crops for Iowa from farmers
December 16: Jacklyn Gautsch
Iowa DNR's Wetland Monitoring Program


2014 ILF Webinar Archives

January 15: Jacqueline Comito
"A Culture of Conservation" 10 Years of Iowa Learning Farms
July 16: Jesse Randall
Riparian Buffers and Windbreaks
February 19: Mark Tomer
A Framework to Facilitate Conservation Planning in Watersheds using Precision GIS Technologies
August 20: Ajay Nair
Cover Crops and Vegetable Production
March 19: Clare Lindahl
Promoting Conservation
September 17: Tom Isenhart
Streambank Erosion
April 16: Rick Cruse
Soil Erosion in Iowa - How Much is Really Happening?
October 15: Bob Hartzler
Weed Management With Cover Crops
May 21: Chris Anderson
Change in Rainfall Volatility
November 19: Mary Harris
Pollinators and STRIPs
June 18: Dan Jaynes
Saturated Buffers for Nitrate Removal
December 17: Ingrid Anderson
University of Iowa's Biomass Fuel Project


2013 ILF Webinar Archives

January: Jacqueline Comito and Jon Wolseth
The State's Role in Water Quality: Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners
and the Agricultural Status Quo
July: Michael Castellano
Soil Organic Matter Balances in Iowa Cropping Systems
February: Mark Rasmussen
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
August: Jim Gillespie and Shawn Richmond
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
March: Dan Barker
New Technologies for In-Season Nitrogen Management
September 18: Jaqueline Comito & Ann Staudt
Water Rocks!
April: Andy Larson
Grantsmanship in Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
September 23: Vince Sitzmann and Clare Lindahl
Soil and Water Conservation District policy and banking changes
May: Tony Toigo and Patti Cale-Finnegan
Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Projects
November 20: Jerry Hatfield
Soil Conservation: The Foundation for Efficient Agriculture
June: Lois Wright Morton
Linking and Integrating Water Quality Planning for Action
December 18: Bill Crumpton
Wetlands as Nutrient Sinks in Agricultural Landscapes


2012 ILF Webinar Archives

January: Jacqueline Comito
Steward and Businessman: Farmer Identity in Age of Environmental Uncertainty
(please excuse the sound quality at the beginning of the session)
July: Nathan Anderson
Visioning Long-Term Sustainability: A Farmer's Perspective
February: Chad Hart
Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA
August: Bill Northey
Interview with Iowa Agriculture Secretary at Iowa State Fair
March: David Laird
Biochar's Contribution to Sustainable Bioenergy Production
September: Matt Liebman
Keys to Agricultural Sustainability and Resilience: A Scientist's Perspective
April: Leigh Adcock
Women Caring for the Land
October: J. Arbuckle
Farmer Perspectives on Climate Change and Agriculture
May: Matt Helmers
STRIPs at Neal Smith
November: Amy Kaleita
Advances in Precision Agriculture
June: Ken Moore
Sustainable Cropping Systems for Harvesting Corn Stover for Biomass
December: Keegan Kult
Iowa Soybean Association Bioreactor Results


2011 ILF Webinar Archives

January: Jacqueline Comito
A Culture of Conservation
July: Emily Heaton
Giant Miscanthus and Other Perennial Energy Crops
February: Christopher Anderson
Will the rain ever stop?
August: Rick Cruse
Losing Ground
March: Jeremy Singer
Managing Cover Crops
September: Ed Cox
Sustainable Farm Leases
April: Matt Helmers
Nitrogen Management and Water Quality
October: Mark Hanna
Farm Energy Efficiency
May: Laura Christianson
Bioreactors: Benefits and Challenges
November: Wayne Petersen
Urban Conservation
June: Michelle Soupir
Fate and Transport of Pathogens From Agricultural Landscapes
December: Ryan Harr
Patch-burn Grazing