Events Archive

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Join other row crop and livestock farmers for the Cover Crop Boot Camp, Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is in-person at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa. Attendees will hear how farmers are working with cover crops to reduce nitrogen and herbicide inputs, growing their own cover crop seed and incorporating their cover crops with livestock. Attendees will advance their understanding of how cover crops can work for them. This event is FREE, but registration is required to ensure enough space at the venue and food for lunch.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Iowa State University's Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha.

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

ISU Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Iowa DNR is offering a ladies' night out event in Elgin where women will have the opportunity to meet and get to know other female woodland enthusiasts in their area. The event will feature local female speakers who will talk about the roles they have played in conservation and managing woodlands in northeast Iowa. Speakers include Jenna Pollock, Director of Clayton County Conservation, and four local female woodland owners. Women will get to enjoy a meal together and share conversations about each other's experiences.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

ISU Extension and Outreach, in partnership with Amana Forestry, the Iowa DNR, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering a women's walk in the woods event at the Amana Nature Trail. During this event, women will have the opportunity to meet and get to know other female woodland enthusiasts in their area. Several female professional foresters will lead a tour of the woodlands at the Amana Nature Trail where participants will learn about tree identification and forest health.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/files/events/files/loess_hills_fffd_2021_flyer.pdfThe Loess Hills State Forest fall forestry field day will occur on Tuesday, October 26th, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., near Pisgah, Iowa. This is a free event with no pre-registration required. The event will focus on oak management, which includes a "crash course" and expert panel discussion on herbicide selection and application techniques associated with oak management.

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG) will be presenting a virtual field day on the benefits of increased water quality enhancement wetlands and oxbows in the Midwest on Thursday, October 21 at 1 p.m. CT.

Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

The Iowa Woodland Owners Association will host an Urban Wood Utilization workshop on 10/9/21, near the town of Earlham, IA. Participants will tour Bear Creek Hardwoods, and learn all aspects of urban (and non-urban) wood utilization and processing, the basics of wood science and identification of top Iowa wood species, how to sell standing timber, and an optional tour of a nearby home that exhibits incredible woodworking infrastructure. Experts from Iowa DNR, ISU Extension, and private industry will be on-hand for networking and Q&A.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Yellow River State Forest fall forestry field day will occur on Thursday, 10/7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will focus on the establishment, management, and value of early successional forests (i.e., young forests) - a critical habitat that is losing prevalence on the landscape. Mini-sessions will focus on timber market, wildlife disease (e.g., CWD), and programmatic updates (e.g., EQIP).

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 9:00am to 3:05pm

The 43rd annual Shimek State Forest fall forestry field day will occur in-person on 10/5/21, in Lee County, IA. The morning sessions will allow partipants to experience first-hand the sites viewed during the 2020 Shimek State Forest virtual field day, which include a range of even-aged oak management treatments (e.g., shelterwood harvest). During afternoon sessions, participants will learn how forest management impacts birds, insect and disease threats to Iowa's forests, and identification and value of Iowa's forest understory species.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Iowa Learning Farms and the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed Management Authority will host a wetland field day on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at a wetland owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources near Coggon. The event is free, open to the whole family, and includes a complimentary meal.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

At this field day, we will recognize Dennis and Rhonda Westergard with the Tree Farmer of the Year award. There will also be a tour of the farm where participants will learn about tornado damage and tree planting, pond management, buckthorn invasive species control, and more. Pre-registration is required by September 22nd. Download the event flyer for further directions on how to pre-register and for more detailed information about this event.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This virtual field day will be offered by Iowa Learning Farms. For information on how to register for this virtual field day, download the event flyer at this link.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

A cover crop field day will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at Roger Van Donselaar’s farm near Grinnell. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal.

Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits, including reduced soil erosion, weed suppression potential, reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, and increased soil organic matter. Cover crops and no-tillage work together to help increase water infiltration and reduce erosion during heavy rain events. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar will feature Catherine DeLong, water quality program manager with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. DeLong works statewide to bring people together to share resources, ideas, and perspectives about water quality, and to help Iowans understand the role they can play in the future of Iowa’s water resources.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Aug. 25 at noon will feature Mark Licht, assistant professor in agronomy and extension cropping systems specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Licht’s research focuses on corn and soybean cropping systems and management that includes integration of cover crops, no-till and strip-till practices. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This Free Event will focus on agroforesty (chestnut plantation with rotational sheep grazing), and the management and ecosystem goods and services benefits of open woodlands. No registration required. See contact information in flyer for questions. valverde_agroforesty_final_july_2021.pdf

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place July 14 at noon will feature Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist at Iowa State University. Beck’s research focuses on the impacts that trees, forests, and forestry have on water quality and hydrology within agriculturally-dominated Midwestern watersheds.

Saturday, June 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Come to Reiman Gardens for Pollinator Fest and join us as we celebrate National Pollinator Week. Visit a variety of fun and educational displays, including live pollinators and plants, and interactive pollinator-themed activities. This event will happen rain or shine.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day discussing lessons

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 12:00pm

Results from a 2019 survey about Iowans’ lake-based recreation will be shared during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon on Wednesday, June 16. 

The 2019 Iowa Lakes Valuation Project, funded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is the first statewide survey since 2014 that collects information on how, where, and when Iowans make use of the state’s recreational lakes.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The impact of prairie strips on soil health and crop yield is the topic of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon on Wednesday, May 26.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 7:00pm

AMES, Iowa – “Profiles in the Wonders of Iowa’s Wetlands” will feature 12 in-depth educational videos highlighting the diversity and benefits of wetland ecosystems throughout the state. The videos are being developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are launching an online training for the national award-winning Growing Up WILD activity guide.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Learn what impacts farmer decision-making when it comes to conservation practice adoption during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon on Wednesday, May 19.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

Learn more about beekeeper, farmer and landowner attitudes toward pollinator conservation in Iowa during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon on Wednesday, May 12.

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