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.

Prairie City farmer Gordon Wassenaar speaks to a full room at the ILF cover crop workshop held March 5 in Newton. Wassenaar uses cereal rye on 1,200 acres of his farm. 

Attendees linger after a visit to Stephanie and Matt Essick's cover crop plots on a chilly, windy April 2 field day near Dickens.

Host farmer Mark Glawe passes the microphone to watershed coordinator Eric Palas at a cover crop workshop held in Elkport on April 9. Attendees heard presentations, had lunch and visited Glawe's cover crop fields near Garber.

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.

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

May 18, 2015

Water Rocks! and the Marion Public Library are sponsoring a workshop “How Does Your Water Shed?” on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Ave....

May 12, 2015

The May Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, May 20, at 1:00 p.m. This month’s guest speakers are Rebecca Ohrtman and Jamie Benning, who will present ...

April 24, 2015

Jacqueline Comito, Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! program director, has been named a recipient of the National Wetlands Award. She is one of seven across the country to be recognized for...

April 8, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host a cover crops workshop on Thursday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Elkport-Garber Community Center in Elkport...


Next Webinar: Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 p.m.
Rebecca Ohrtman and Jamie Benning
"Protecting Iowa's Source Water Through Partnerships"

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