Iowa Learning Farms

ILF farmer partner Steve Berger talks about his experience using cover crops at the April 3 field day in Malcom. The large crowd heard from area farmers and visited cover crop sites on the Joe Kriegel farm.

The cover crops are greening up this spring at the Lewis-Armstrong farm.

The Summer 2014 Interns (L to R): Brandon Friederich, ISU; Nick Hunter, Grinnell College; Liz Gotzinger, ISU; Annie Wallace, ISU; Anna Chott, Drake University; Tiffany Eberhard, University of Georgia; Lance Henrichs, ISU.

Tom Wagner, center, talks to field day attendees about his strip-tillage equipment. The ILF field day was held on his farm on June 23.

Iowa Learning Farms is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2014. On June 24, a dinner was held at the Iowa State University Alumni Center to thank our farmer partners and funding partners. Current and former steering committee members including Jim Gillespie, Dean Lemke, Allen Bonini, and Ubbo Agena meet to catch up prior to the dinner.  In the background is ISU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Department Chair Steve Mickelson. ILF is housed in the department.

This is the spectacular view that attendees had at the cover crop field day in Tama County on June 5. 

Download our 2014 Summer Field Day Schedule!

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

June 26, 2014

Iowa Learning Farms and the STRIPs research group will host a prairie strips installation field day at the farm of Gary Guthrie near Nevada from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. 

June 16, 2014

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA), will host a field day at the LICA farm near Melbourne from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25.

June 16, 2014

Iowa Learning Farms will host a “Benefits of Strip-Tillage” field day at the farm of Tom Wagner near Primghar from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on June 23. The event is free-of-charge and open to...

June 10, 2014

Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and the Cedar River Watershed Coalition will host a field day at the farm of Dick and Diana Sloan in Rowley on Thursday, June 19, from 12:30-3:00 p....


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