Iowa Learning Farms

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. 

There were great accomodations for the PFI/ILF field day at Dick Sloan's farm near Rowley. A new machine shed held picnic tables, a separate room for food and even room to have the Conservation Station inside. The event started out sunny and humid and ended with a torrential downpour. Carol Brown and intern Liz Gotzinger demonstrate the rainfall simulator at the field day.

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

July 11, 2014

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day near Leon from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. The field day will focus on pasture improvement and includes a pasture walk at Triple C Farms.

July 10, 2014

The July Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar will be on Wednesday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. 

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.

Webinars

Next Webinar: August 20
 
Ajay Nair
Associate Professor
ISU Horticulture Department
"Cover crops and vegetable production"
 
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ILF webinars are now available in podcast!

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