Iowa Learning Farms to host field day at the LICA farm near Melbourne June 25

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA), will host a “Nutrient Reduction Strategies” field day at the LICA farm near Melbourne from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. Featured topics include the demonstration of various conservation practices that help reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment entering waterways. The event is free-of-charge and open to the public, and a meal by the Marshall County Cattlemen will be provided.
 
Iowa’s LICA is an organization comprised land contractors from all over the state who are devoted to the preservation of Iowa farmland. Members are committed to high ethical and professional standards, and the organization is one of Iowa’s strongest voices in the national discussion of conservation farming. Attendees will hear about several conservation techniques that are installed on the farm: Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Urban Conservationist Wayne Petersen will talk about rain gardens and their role in urban settings; Iowa State University (ISU) Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Professor Matt Helmers will discuss bioreactors, their installation and success in removing nitrates from groundwater. Also, ISU ecology professor Bill Crumpton will share information on how wetlands function in reducing nutrients from water bodies. All of these structures can be found on the LICA farm.
 
Additionally, the Conservation Station will be on display. The Conservation Station features a rainfall simulator that shows the effects the effects that different surfaces from agricultural and urban environments have on the displacement of rain water.
 
The event site is located at 1723 290th Street near Melbourne. Go east from Melbourne on County Road E65 (290th St) for one mile. The farm is on the north side of the road.
 
To RSVP for this event, contact Iowa Learning Farms at (515) 294-8912 or email: ilf@iastate.edu by June 20.
 
For more information about Iowa LICA, such as membership requirements or upcoming LICA events, visit their website: http://www.ialica.com.
 
For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/.
 
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa.
 
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