Second Farmland Drainage Workshop to Be Held Jan. 30

AMES, Iowa – A January workshop will examine various aspects of farmland drainage. The workshop will be offered Jan. 30 at Big Ed’s Firehouse in New Hampton. The program begins at 9 a.m. and will adjourn at 3:30 p.m.

“We are offering this farmland drainage workshop due to the overwhelming interest in a December workshop on this topic,” said Kapil Arora, an agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The morning session will focus on drainage design concepts, economics and the long-term benefits of tiling. The afternoon session will include discussions on drainage maintenance issues, compliance with USDA-NRCS requirements, discussions on controlled drainage, bioreactors and managing drainage water quality with wetlands.

Speakers include Iowa State University Extension Ag Engineering Specialist Kapil Arora, ISU Extension Farm Management Specialists Kristen Schulte and Kelvin Leibold, ISU Associate Professor of Ag Engineering Matt Helmers, USDA-NRCS Specialist Bruce Atherton and John Baker, attorney for the Iowa Concern Hotline.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, industry partners and the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service, sponsor the program.

Registration information is available online, or call ISU Extension and Outreach in Chickasaw County at 641-394-2174.