Carol Brown
Iowa Learning Farms

515-294-8912
cbrown1@iastate.edu

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The Water Rocks! team came home with 15 awards at the 23rd Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association award ceremony, including three Awards of Excellence in Educational Production.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar Wednesday, April 16 will feature Rick Cruse, Iowa State University agronomy professor. He will discuss soil erosion that is ignored or unreported by most agencies, and even the Iowa Daily Erosion Project.

During the Iowa Learning Farms’ March 19 webinar, Clare Lindahl will share tactics to effectively present information about conservation as part of Conservation Districts of Iowa’s new Champion Cover Crop Commissioner program.

Iowa Learning Farms, as part of the Iowa Cover Crops Working Group, will host a field day and four cover crop workshops across Iowa in March and April to support the growing popularity of cover crops in Iowa.

Water Rocks! is a statewide youth water education campaign in which music is used as a primary component. Partners in the project are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Water Center and Iowa Learning Farms.

Mark Tomer is the presenter for the Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. He will talk about a watershed scale planning framework that is based on computerized mapping tools and helps improve water quality.

To help farmers understand how cover crops work and the best management practices for including them in rotations, Iowa Learning Farms has released the video, “Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives."

The five-year Iowa Learning Farms project is commemorating 10 years in 2014.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar will be Wednesday, Jan. 15. ILF program manager Jacqueline Comito will discuss “Building a Culture of Conservation: A 10-Year Review."

To help farmers in their decision-making, Iowa Learning Farms has launched a new tool to help calculate and compare the costs of using cover crops, including seed, application and chemical termination. It is available as an Excel file on the ILF website.