Iowa Learning Farms' October webinar features farm energy reduction

Ames, Iowa--The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) October webinar, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Noon, will feature Mark Hanna, who will present "ISU Farm Energy: Energy Conservation and Efficiency." The webinar is part of a series, hosted by ILF, held on the third Wednesday of each month. The webinars are held over the noon hour through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Previous case studies show the potential for energy savings on Iowa's farms. ISU Farm Energy is developing educational materials for farmers and utility providers to raise awareness of energy efficiency practices on farming operations, including minimum tillage, machinery maintenance, livestock ventilation and other topics. With support from the Iowa Energy Center and Iowa State University Extension, this project will help farmers and utility providers work together to improve farm energy efficiency and reduce on-farm energy use.This webinar will specifically address tips and techniques for minimizing energy consumption during fall and spring field operations.

Mark Hanna is an Extension agricultural and biosystems engineer with Iowa State University. He conducts adult education and applied research with agricultural field machinery including the areas of tillage, seeding, application, harvest and safety. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University. Hanna was raised on a crop and livestock farm in western Illinois. Current projects include pesticide and fertilizer application, and farm energy efficiency. A precision nitrogen applicator design, developed under Hannas direction, was recognized as one of the top 10 design innovations in the last 20 years by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

To connect to the webinars, go to: object-reference-not-set-instance-object. Hanna will be able to answer questions from webinar attendees via the Adobe Connect chat box. The ILF website homepage contains links for archived webinars from previous months: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the US EPA (section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and the Iowa Farm Bureau.

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