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 been traveling all across the state including this stop at the Clear Lake OutdoorFest 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.

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." 

Wartburg College students collect water samples from a CREP wetland on October 13th. They also visited a nearby natural wetland and will compare the two sites for their ecology cource.  The Iowa Learning Farms partnered with IDALS and Wartburg College to coordinate the vists.

ILF Farmer Partner Jeff Koch hosted a cover crop field day near Van Meter on November 4.  Attendees were able to explore the plots seeded as part of a National Conservation Innovation Grant examining cover crop mixtures.  For more information visit our cover crops resources page.

Liz Juchems answers questions at the ILF cover crop research plots on November 19th.  Farmer partner Mark Mueller hosted a cover crop field day at the Northeast ISU Research Farm near Nashua. 

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

February 4, 2016

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop workshop on Thursday, February 25, from 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. at Hawkeye Community College.

February 4, 2016

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, February 24, from 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. at the ISU Northwest Research Farm.  

February 2, 2016

Kevin Meyer is speaker for Iowa Learning Farms webinar Feb. 17

February 2, 2016

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop workshop on Tuesday, February 23, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Ventura Community Center. 

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