Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are hosting a farmer and landowner workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Jordans Grove Farms near Marion, to discuss bioreactors and saturated buffer edge-of-field practices. The free event is open to farmers and landowners and includes a complimentary meal. The Jan.
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally Regenerative Enterprises, also known as C-CHANGE, will host a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon regarding the opportunities and challenges of incorporating perennial vegetation on farms. Farmers and landowners are welcome to attend the free event, which includes a complimentary meal.
Iowa is in desperate need of a windbreak renaissance. Windbreaks and shelterbelts act as critical farm infrastructure – providing energy savings, livestock growth gains, timber and non-timber forest products, wildlife habitat, odor and dust control, aesthetics, and privacy. However, Iowa’s aging windbreaks are simply not functioning as they should be, due to general decline, storm damage, and insect and disease issues.
The 2021 Stephens State Forest fall forestry field day has been moved to April 21, 2022 (rain date of April 28, 2022), and will entail a hands-on woodland prescribed fire workshop. This event will provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to preform/organize prescribed fire on smaller parcels of forest. Emphasis will be placed on prescribed fire for oak regeneration.