A Vision for Change: Farmers’ Perspectives for Diversifying Iowa’s Landscape Virtual Field Day Set for February 24 | Building a Culture of Conservation

A Vision for Change: Farmers’ Perspectives for Diversifying Iowa’s Landscape Virtual Field Day Set for February 24

February 7, 2022

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Consortium for Cultivating Human And Naturally reGenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE) Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, will present a virtual field day on Thursday, February 24 at 1 p.m. CST. Join us for a live conversation with Iowa farmers Matt Russell, Wade Dooley, Rob Stout, Seth Watkins and Bryan Sievers.

Native perennials can generate profit as material for livestock feed and bedding, as well as anaerobic digestion. Targeted plantings on marginal land can also increase overall farm profitability, while providing numerous benefits for wildlife and pollinators, as well as improving soil and water quality and capturing carbon. This virtual field day will highlight the cooperation between the farmer partners and the C-CHANGE research group to explore the potential for perennial vegetation and future diversification of the agricultural landscape in Iowa.

“As farmers, we need to rethink how we do agriculture – it’s what we have always done as farmers,” notes Marion County Farmer, Matt Russel. “We’re in a place where in the next 10-15 years, we will need to change from relying on fossil fuels to force nature to do what we need it to do to grow crops, but instead partnering with nature to do what we need to do. Working with nature and diversifying the landscape has a lot of potential to help achieve that goal.”

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms virtual field days are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Virtual Field Day Access Instructions:
To participate in the live virtual field day, shortly before 1:00 pm CST on February 24, click this URL: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduihpj8iE9ZHcjpsenc2DWQILG41wg0D
Or visit www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events for the registration link.

Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: 1.312.626.6799     
Meeting ID: 914 1198 4892

The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website so that it can be watched at any time. The archive will be available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/virtual-field-day-archive.

Participants will be eligible for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU). Information about how to apply to receive the credit will be provided at the end of the live field day.

Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and this project is supported by USDA NIFA award 2020-68012-31824. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.