Ames, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Oct. 6 at noon will feature Reid Christianson, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Christianson’s research focuses on how land management in agricultural, urban and native settings impacts water quality.
In the webinar, “Ticking the Box on Conservation Adoption,” Christianson will discuss the adoption trends of no-till and how it is impacting water quality. He will also address the questions of “how will we know when no-till is an integral part of farming culture?”, and “at what point of adoption can we claim success?”.
“As a culture, we want to get to the point where agricultural land management practices, like no-till, are simply what you do, not a special topic that needs to be considered and chosen for each farm or field,” said Christianson. “Understanding how to recognize that we have reached the point of cultural adoption is crucial to knowing when we reach this turning point. In addition, it is important to keep in mind that success is not 100% adoption, as that is not a realistic or even reasonable goal; we just need to know when we have surpassed a point of adoption that will embed the practices in farmer’s everyday planning processes.”
Participants in Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.
Webinar Access Instructions
To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT Oct. 6:
Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172
Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172
Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 364 284 172
The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at: https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the credit will be provided at the end of the live webinar.
About Iowa Learning Farms:
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by 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 include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program and GROWMARK, Inc.