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 started visits with the Clear Lake OutdoorFest being the first one 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.

Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! program director Jacqueline Comito is honored with the 2015 National Wetlands Award. She is one of seven recipients across the U.S. to receive this prestigious award from the Environmental Law Institute.

Attendees at George Schaefer's field day on June 17 stopped at a field of oats. He uses them in extended rotation to help the land restore itself. The field day was sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa and ILF. 

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.

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

July 27, 2015

Soil Health Partnership and Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Don Elsbernd Farm, rural Postville, on practices to improve soil health including cover crops and...

July 17, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Craig Fleishman farm, rural Minburn. 

July 9, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day on Thursday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Tom Dykstra farm, rural Eddyville. 

July 7, 2015

The Iowa Learning Farms July webinar will be on Wednesday, July 22, at 1 p.m. This month’s presenter is Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Iowa State University...


Next Webinar: Wednesday, July 22, 1:00 p.m.
Mahdi Al-Kaisi
Iowa State University Agronomy professor
Soil Health

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