Wetland, saturated buffer and bioreactor field day set for September 13th near Melbourne

August 23, 2018

The Iowa Chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA), in partnership with the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA), Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Pork, will host an edge of field practice field day on Thursday, September 13th from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the LICA Farm, near Melbourne. The event is free and open to the whole family, and includes a complimentary meal.

Edge of field practices like wetlands, saturated buffers and bioreactors are key to reducing nitrate loss from agricultural land in Iowa. Through a natural biological process microorganisms living in the systems use the incoming nitrate for respiration and reduce the nitrate levels from incoming tile drainage. Together with in-field practices like cover crops and no-till, these practices will help reach the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals.

The field day will begin with a welcome from Jim Jordahl with the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance who will discuss strategies for scaling up edge of field conservation drainage practices. Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney will share updates from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and discuss the importance of edge of field practices in meeting Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals. The program will continue with remarks from Aaron Lyle with LICA highlighting the different practices demonstrated at the farm. Following the meal sponsored by Iowa Pork, Iowa Corn, and IAWA, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Conservation Station On The Edge and tour the various practices installed at the LICA Farm.

The field day will held at the LICA Farm located at 1741 290th St, Melbourne. The field day is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. To RSVP please contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or ilf@iastate.edu.  

For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.

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, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319).

The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) is increasing the pace and scale of farmer-led efforts to improve water quality. Founded in 2014 by Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association, IAWA is building public-private partnerships focused on implementing water quality Learn more at www.iowaagwateralliance.com.



Liz Juchems

Conservation Outreach Specialist




Zita Quade

Communications Manager

Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance