ILF Webinar

Wednesday, October 15
11:30 a.m.

Bob Hartzler
Iowa State University Agronomy Professor and Extension Weed Specialist
"Weed management"


ISU Extension and Outreach events

Sept. 22, 10 am-2 pm
Free Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers Workshop
Woodbury Co. Extension Office, Sioux City
Read the news release for details and registration information


Other Events

Women, Land & Legacy Social Media Workshop
Sept. 22, Waterloo

Women, Land and Legacy will host two social media workshops for Iowa women involved in agriculture and/or rural businesses. Women can learn how to build or improve their business using social media tools by attending one of two morning workshops on Sept. 12 in Des Moines or Sept. 22 in Waterloo.

Social media is everywhere, including agriculture. It’s important to understand how it works for you and your business. Social media creates platforms for discussion, a consumer connection, a real-time stream of information and much more. The Women, Land & Legacy State Team is providing this unique opportunity through a grant from USDA Rural Development.

Claire Celsi, Director of Public Relations at Spindustry Digital in Des Moines, will lead the workshops. Celsi has spent years working as a marketing, public relations and social media professional and taught internet marketing, PR and social media classes at Drake University.

There is no cost for the workshops. However, space is limited, so please register by Sept 5 to and indicate which location you will attend. The same workshop will be conducted at each location. Participants do not need to be WLL members to attend.

Registration begins at 8:30 AM. The interactive workshop will run from 9 AM to noon. A complimentary continental breakfast will be available. Laptops and/or tablets are encouraged but are not necessary for the workshop.

Sept. 22nd workshop will be held at the Waterloo Center for the Arts at 225 Commercial Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50701.

People needing special accommodations should contact Laura Crowell at 515-323-2207.

Women, Land & Legacy, which began in 2004, works to reach agricultural, rural and urban women, to come together to converse, listen and become empowered to act on their landscape and community. The WLL state team consists of federal, state and private agencies. WLL local teams are currently active in 20 counties. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at


Sept. 24, 10:00 am
Mob Grazing/Pasture Walk
Doug Darrow's Rapid Creek Family Farm
3727 Calkins Ave SW, Oxford

This event is sponsored by the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Featuring Doug Darrow’s mob grazing system, on land recently converted from cropland to pasture. Doug will explain his design considerations for fencing and watering systems, and the challenges he’s encountered. Mob grazing consists of high density stocking rates in divided pastures where cattle are moved daily. Each grazing event is followed by an extended rest period that allows for optimum soil, plant, and animal performance.

Rick Bednarek, NRCS Soil Scientist, will be taking soil samples in various pasture areas and discuss soil health in relation to their historical usage.

Pat Wall, ISU Grazing Specialist, and Jess Jackson, NRCS Grazing Specialist, will also be available to share their expertise.

Directions: 1 mile south of Interstate 80 (exit 230) then a half mile east on 360th St and then a half mile south on Calkins.

A luncheon will be served around noon.  If you will be staying for lunch, please RSVP at 319-337-2322 ext 3. Other questions, contact our office at the above number. Dress for walking and being in the field. Rain date scheduled for 9/25/2014.


Oct. 2, 9 am
Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Project Field Day
Valley Lane Farms

3213 Highway 8
Dysart, IA

Read the flyer for details


Oct. 15, 8:30 am-3 pm
Soil Health Workshop for Women Landowners

Heartland Agribition Center, Independence

Read the news release for details and registration information


Nov. 14-15, 2014
Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) Annual Conference


Visit the website for details and registration information


Nov. 18, 2014
15th Annual Drainage Research Forum

Iowa State University Alumni Center, Ames

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Drainage Research Forum, this year’s program will feature a keynote by Dr. Wayne Skaggs on the history and future of drainage research. Dr. Skaggs is a William Neal Reynolds and Distinguished University Professor of drainage and agricultural water management in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is internationally recognized for his work in drainage research and as the developer of the DRAINMOD model. 

In addition, the program will consist of results and updates on drainage research and related issues from university and agency researchers and other stakeholders from Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. The final agenda is being developed and will be available soon.

The program is intended for all drainage stakeholders, including state and federal agency staff, county supervisors, crop consultants, academics, contractors, farmers, and others interested in drainage issues and research topics in the upper Midwest.

Registration is open at the following site, and the final agenda will be posted on the website once it is available.



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