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." 

ILF field day attendees visit Dick Sloan's prairie strips at a field day held on his farm June 18. Perennial prairie plants help build soil organic matter, slow the flow of water, and create habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

Chuck Moore talks about his rotational grazing practices at an ILF field day near Melrose on Sept. 17.

The Water Rocks! Winter Summit is a 1-day professional development workshop that offers training for non-formal educators on a multitude of hands-on, interactive educational modules to help teach classroom lessons on water, soil, agriculture, environmental science, and more. Visit for more information and to sign up today! 

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

October 7, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms will host a nutrient management field day on Wednesday, October 28, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the John and Brian Weber farm, rural Clutier.  

October 2, 2015

The next Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. The presenters are Rosalyn Lehman with Iowa Rivers Revival, and Nate Hoogeveen with the Iowa Department of Natural...

September 15, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar will be Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. and will be joining up with the Midwest Ag Drainage Water Management webinar series for...

August 31, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are hosting a field day on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Arliss Nielsen farm, rural Woolstock.


Next Webinar: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1:00 p.m.

Rosalyn Lehman and Nate Hoogeveen
Iowa Rivers Revival
River Restoration: An introduction to natural stream and river restoration benefits and practices
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