Iowa Learning Farms

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.

This is the view that Gary Guthrie gets to see every day. He hosted a prairie strips field day on his farm on July 10 and shared his plans for adding strips of prairie to his row crop fields. He shared this beautiful view with attendees too!

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

January 12, 2015

On Jan. 27, Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) begins its fifth year of monthly webinars, kicking 2015 off with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. 

December 8, 2014

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar will be on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. and features Ingrid Gronstal Anderson with the University of Iowa’s Biomass Fuel Project.

November 6, 2014

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11:30 a.m. The presenter is Mary Harris, a faculty member at Iowa State University, who will talk about pollinator...

November 6, 2014

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crops workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Truro Community Building, 100 S. Railroad Street in Truro. 


Next Webinar: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1:00 p.m.
Joe Sellers, ISU Extension Beef Specialist
Cover Crops and Grazing
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