Iowa Learning Farms

The new podcast series "Conservation Chat" features talks with farmers and those concerned with clean water and healthy soil. The inaugural episode features Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey. Find the podcast on the "webinars & podcasts" page on this website.

The Conservation Station has started visits with the Clear Lake OutdoorFest being the first one in 2015. A competitor has great form in the Poo Toss. This fun carnival game teaches participants why dog waste (and other waste) is bad for the environment.

Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! program director Jacqueline Comito is honored with the 2015 National Wetlands Award. She is one of seven recipients across the U.S. to receive this prestigious award from the Environmental Law Institute.

Attendees at George Schaefer's field day on June 17 stopped at a field of oats. He uses them in extended rotation to help the land restore itself. The field day was sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa and ILF. 

The prairie strips (indicated by the arrows) growing in between the rows of corn help to slow water run-off. As STRIPS project farmer liaison Tim Youngquist said at the June 16 field day, "the water walks off the land, not runs off." 

ILF field day attendees visit Dick Sloan's prairie strips at a field day held on his farm June 18. Perennial prairie plants help build soil organic matter, slow the flow of water, and create habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

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.

News & Events

August 31, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are hosting a field day on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Arliss Nielsen farm, rural Woolstock.

August 25, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Walnut Creek Watershed Project, will host a field day on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the pond on Jim Bourn’s farm, north of Red Oak....

August 18, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Smeltzer Charitable Trust, will host a field day on Sept. 2, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Smeltzer Learning Farm, rural Otho. 

August 13, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Key Co-op, 13585 620th Ave., Roland. 


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