Iowa Learning Farms Hosts Field Day near Jefferson

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with Women, Food and Agriculture Network, will host a field day at Chris Henning’s farm near Jefferson, Iowa, on Monday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the event includes a complimentary lunch. The field day will focus on Henning’s farm improvements, including cover crops and wetlands.

Henning will talk about what she has done to improve and preserve her land, including prairies, buffers, wetlands and cover crops. Her approach is a “light hand on the land.” Also on the agenda for the event: Sarah Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa, will discuss cover crop varieties, opportunities and benefits to add them into a corn-soybean rotation; ISU Extension and Outreach water quality engineer Matt Helmers will present information on the Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated Prairie (STRIPs) project. The STRIPs project is exploring the addition of strategic placement of perennial plants in row-crop fields to improve water retention, soil quality and improved biodiversity. Also a presentation with the Conservation Station offers visual lessons in the importance of soil and water quality preservation.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is recommended. To register for this event, please call Iowa Learning Farms, 515-294-8912, by Wednesday, Oct. 3. The field day is sponsored by the Iowa Learning Farms in cooperation with Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Women Caring for the Land℠ conservation education program for women.

The Henning farm is located at 1931 Q Ave., Jefferson. From Jefferson, travel four miles south on Highway 4 (N Avenue) to 290th Street. Turn east and go 2.5 miles on 290th Street to Q Avenue; go north approximately a half-mile. The farm is on the east side of the road.

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach, offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping the state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 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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Contact: Chris Henning, landowner, 515-370-2436

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