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.

The Conservation Station has been traveling all across the state including this stop at the Clear Lake OutdoorFest 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.

The prairie strips (indicated by the arrows) growing in between the rows of corn help to slow water run-off. As STRIPS project farmer liaison Tim Youngquist said at the June 16 field day, "the water walks off the land, not runs off." 

Wartburg College students collect water samples from a CREP wetland on October 13th. They also visited a nearby natural wetland and will compare the two sites for their ecology cource.  The Iowa Learning Farms partnered with IDALS and Wartburg College to coordinate the vists.

ILF Farmer Partner Jeff Koch hosted a cover crop field day near Van Meter on November 4.  Attendees were able to explore the plots seeded as part of a National Conservation Innovation Grant examining cover crop mixtures.  For more information visit our cover crops resources page.

Liz Juchems answers questions at the ILF cover crop research plots on November 19th.  Farmer partner Mark Mueller hosted a cover crop field day at the Northeast ISU Research Farm near Nashua. 

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

November 23, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms will host a nutrient management meeting on Wednesday, December 16, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Morse Community Club in Iowa City.  

November 4, 2015

The next regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. This month’s presenter is Brian Gelder, Iowa State University (ISU) Associate Scientist in the...

October 30, 2015

The Iowa Learning Farms and Bremer County farmer partner Mark Mueller, will host a cover crop and soil health field day on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m.–...

October 27, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, November 17, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sam and Julie Spellman farm, rural Woodward.


Next Webinar: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1:00 p.m.

Jacklyn Gautsch, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa DNR's Wetland Monitoring Program

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