Events Archive

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Feb. 16 at noon CST will feature Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist at Iowa State University. Licht focuses on identifying and teaching about holistic approaches to managing Iowa cropping systems to achieve productivity, profitability, and environmental goals. His research is centered around varied aspects of soybean, corn, and cover crop management.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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.

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Conservation Learning Group, will present a virtual field day on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. CST.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Feb. 2 at noon CST will feature Chris Morris, graduate research assistant at Iowa State University.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

 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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Jan. 26 at noon will feature Adam Janke, assistant professor in natural resources ecology and management and extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State University, and Kaycie Waters, natural resources field specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are hosting a farmer and landowner workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Tron Scott’s farm near Slater 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.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Jan. 19 at noon will feature Amy Toth, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. Toth is an integrative biologist studying the fundamental and applied aspects of the biology of social insects. Her laboratory investigates aspects of the behavior, genetics, evolution and ecology of bees and wasps.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Jan. 12 at noon CST will feature Matt Helmers, professor and agricultural engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. Helmers leads research on the impact of agricultural management and conservation practices on water quality. He will draw on his expertise with field drainage systems and drainage water quality in this session.

Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group will present a virtual cover crop field day on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. CST.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Iowa Learning Farms, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conservation and water quality education program, announced details for its new series of in-person social outreach events aimed at engaging farmers in informal conversations about conservation topics that may be on their minds. As the names suggest, “Coffee and Conservation” will be held in the mornings with coffee.

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conservation and water quality education program, announced details for its new series of in-person social outreach events aimed at engaging farmers in informal conversations about conservation topics that may be on their minds. As the names suggest, “Conservation on Tap” will be held in the evening at venues where beer is available to accompany the conversations.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00pm

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Dec. 8 at noon CST will feature Adam Janke, extension wildlife specialist and assistant professor, Iowa State University, and Kay Stefanik, assistant director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center housed at Iowa State University.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Iowa Learning Farms, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conservation and water quality education program, announced details for its new series of in-person social outreach events aimed at engaging farmers in informal conversations about conservation topics that may be on their minds. As the names suggest, “Coffee and Conservation” will be held in the mornings with coffee.

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.

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