The Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 17, will highlight research being done on the nutrient retention capacity of newly restored wetlands in Ontario, Canada. Wetlands have been identified as natural infrastructure to help protect downstream water quality.
Learn more about Iowa’s aquatic wildlife diversity during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Join Dr. Billy Beck and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Cedar County for the 2/10/21 Noon Hour Power! This free, virtual presentation will focus on the overall value that forests and forestry provide to Iowa's water quality efforts.
How bioreactors are being used to address water quality issues around the world is the topic of an Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at noon. Denitrifying woodchip bioreactors are promoted in the Midwest to clean nitrate from tile drainage, but did you know that they are also being tested around the world for a variety of applications?
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free wetland virtual field day on growing miscanthus in Iowa on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. Join for a live conversation with Emily Heaton, Iowa State University agronomy professor and extension biomass crop specialist.
Iowa Learning Farms will hold a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at noon, that will provide information on pollinators, the threats they face, opportunities for establishing high-quality habitat for pollinators, and how to get projects started.
During this live virtual seminar Billy Beck, ISU Extension Forestry Specialist, will talk about forestry basics and the benefits of trees to farming enterprises. This event is free. To register please call or email Michaela Van De Berg at 515-382-6551, firstname.lastname@example.org
Free tree seedlings will be available for participants from select central-Iowa counties.
Iowa Learning Farms will hold a webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at noon on integrating perennial groundcover into row crop systems. Perennial groundcover systems couple a high-yielding annual row crop with a perennial grass groundcover, such as bluegrass or fescue. In this low tillage system, the groundcover reduces soil erosion, builds soil carbon and soil health, increases water infiltration, and reduces nutrient export — making the overall system more resilient in a cost-effective manner.
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free wetland virtual field day on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. The virtual field day will highlight public and private partnerships working together to implement wetlands to reduce flooding and improve water quality in the Middle Cedar Watershed and beyond.
Learn more about the economics behind adopting conservation practices to mitigate water quality concerns during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at noon. Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist at Iowa State University, will present new survey results on how Iowans value reductions in harmful algal blooms in Iowa waterways, and the economic costs to induce farmers to adopt conservation practices.
Jacqueline Comito | Program Director, Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks!
“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
Gus Speth, Feb 13, 2015
Co-founder, Natural Resources Defense Council
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day with Mark Thompson, Webster County farmer who is making cover crops and strip-tillage work in the Des Moines Lobe on Tuesday, November 24th at 1 p.m. CST.
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day focused on the benefits to the soil, water and the atmosphere when sorghum is added to the corn and soybean rotation on Thursday, October 20th at 1 p.m. CDT.
We will be hosting our second virtual fall forestry field day on October 20th. Filming was conducted at Yellow River State Forest for this virtual field day. The event will feature information about some new climate change research that will be occurring at Yellow River State Forest, an example of shelterwood management practice, and some footage of storm damage from 3 years ago that will help Iowa's forest landowners get some ideas for what their derecho damaged sites might look like a few years down the road.
Check back soon for more information.
To join, please click the following link: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduihpj8iE9ZHcjpsenc2DWQILG4...
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about a project that assessed the long-term continued success of three different voluntary watershed management approaches.
Chris Hay, Sr. Manager Production Systems Innovation, Iowa Soybean Association will present on decision trees for edge-of-field practices. Check back soon for more information.
To join click the following link: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172
The Shimek State Forest in Iowa’s southeast corner will again be featured for this year’s fall forestry field day – this time in a free online format. Three educational sessions will highlight different aspects of forestry and birdlife, in a series of short videos to be shown during a webinar Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at noon about Iowa’s weather in 2020. “With 95-99% of Iowa experiencing abnormal dryness or drought and 57 counties affected by the derecho, most Iowans have been impacted by this year’s wild weather,” said Justin Glisan, the state climatologist of Iowa. During this webinar, Glisan will discuss initial drought formation and expansion across western Iowa, as well as the short and long-term impacts of the drought on the growing season and crop production.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at noon about monarch butterfly conservation efforts in Iowa. Steve Bradbury, professor in the natural resource ecology and management and entomology departments at Iowa State University, will provide an overview of monarch butterfly declines over the past two decades, causes of the declines and Iowa’s goal of establishing between 215,000 to 390,000 new acres of monarch habitat in agricultural landscapes over the next decade.