Pasture walk field day planned for August 3 near Bedford

July 13, 2017

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Taylor County Soil and Water Conservation District, will hold a two stop pasture walk field day on Thursday, August 3rd. The 5:00-8:00 p.m. field day is hosted by Kurt Rowan and Paul Ackley, rural Bedford.  The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

Pasture health and management play a large role in maintaining livestock health and nutrition.  These topics and more will be covered during the tour by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialists Joe Sellers and Chris Clark. The pasture walk will begin in a well-established pasture owned by Kurt Rowan.  Kurt will discuss his pasture and herd management to maintain a health pasture system.  The second stop on the tour will feature a newly established pasture enrolled in the Taylor County Water Quality Initiative Project and owned by Paul Ackley. Following dinner at the second site, Paul and Erin Ogle, Project Coordinator, will discuss and answer questions about establishing a good pasture.

The field day will begin at Kurt Rowan’s Farm: 1776 322nd St, Bedford, IA 50833. At 6pm dinner will be served at Paul Ackley’s Farm: 3018 Maryland Ave, Bedford, IA 50833. From Bedford, head south on IA-148/S Madison Street for about 6.3 miles. Turn right to go west on 322nd Street. The destination will be on the south side of the road.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email

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Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), and Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa.