Iowa Learning Farms Webinar Looks at Last 10 Years and Future of Agriculture



AMES, Iowa —The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar will be Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m. This month kicks off the fourth year of ILF webinars as well as the 10th year of the Iowa Learning Farms program. Jacqueline Comito, this month’s presenter, is the ILF program manager. Comito has presented each January webinar since they began in 2011.

The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series is on the third Wednesday of each month.

Comito’s presentation, “Building a Culture of Conservation: A 10-Year Review,” will offer an overview of ILF, how it started and the accomplishments that the program has experienced. She also will consider the future of Iowa agriculture in relation to the nutrient reduction strategy. Will regulation be the solution? Or will voluntary compliance continue to be the key to adopting conservation practices that reduce erosion and improve water quality? Comito has been with ILF since 2005, serving as program evaluator. She became the assistant manager in 2008 and program manager in 2010.

Representatives of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University conceptualized Iowa Learning Farms in 2004. Farmer partners and other agencies and organizations have joined to help the ILF team promote ways to adopt conservation practices across the state. Log on to the webinar to learn more about ILF’s past and future.

To connect to the webinar, go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log in using the guest option. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate. The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from all previous sessions at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/. The webinar archives also are available in a podcast through iTunes.

Iowa Learning Farms is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach partnership with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

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