Iowa Learning Farms

The winter rye plant has a great root system to help build soil organic matter. 

Field day attendees view a soil root pit in a no-till plot on the Smeltzer Farm. The field day, held on July 17,  featured soil quality and sustainability. 

Over 80 people were in attendance at a cover crop field day near Bedford  in Taylor Co. on Aug. 29 on the Paul and Nancy Ackley farm.  Field day attendees heard all about soil health and the important role cover crops can play in building healthy soils and feeding the soil biota.

A wetland at the Arliss Nielsen farm, Woolstock. Nielsen hosted a field day on Aug. 27 that focused on nutrient  and drainage water management.

Laura Krouse moves her chickens to a different field every week to fertilize her acres on her farm.  Krouse grows vegetables near Mt. Vernon for an area CSA. She hosted a field day on her farm on Aug. 4 to share her growing practices.

ISU ag specialist Carl Pederson shares information about cover crop management to attendees at the Sept. 10 field day near Gilmore City. The field day focused on ag practices that can reduce nutrients leaving the field for better water quality.

Building a Culture of Conservation

Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

The program utilizes partners across the state: farmer partners demonstrating various practices including reduced tillage, terraces, waterways and cover crops; educator partners who are teaching these valuable lessons to the next generation of Iowa landowners; and our funding partners.

The website contains resources to help all of our partners learn to retain and rebuild high quality soils and clean water.

News & Events

April 17, 2014

The Water Rocks! team came home with 15 awards at the 23rd Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) award ceremony, held on March 29 in Burlington, Iowa.

Ephemeral gully
April 1, 2014

The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) April webinar, to be held Wednesday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m., will feature Rick Cruse, Iowa State University (ISU) agronomy professor. 

March 5, 2014

The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) monthly webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. Clare Lindahl, executive director of Conservation Districts of Iowa, will be the guest...

March 4, 2014

Iowa Learning Farms, as part of the Iowa Cover Crops Working Group, will host four cover crop workshops across Iowa in March and April. 


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