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Agriculture and the Environment Conference to be Held March 7

2/2/2006

AMES, IowaIowa agriculture is constantly changing and those changes impact Iowa’s environment and water resources. The Agriculture and the Environment Conference will focus on how agricultural land users can refine management strategies to decrease environmental risk and improve economic efficiency. This year’s theme is “Research and educational program results that address Iowa’s water resources.”

 

It will be held March 7 in the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University (ISU) campus in Ames. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and sessions run until 5 p.m.

 

The program features 12 workshops and two plenary sessions. Nearly 30 displays and posters featuring on-going research, programs and projects in conservation, nutrient management and water quality also will be presented.

"We’re excited to be able to present the results of the science-based panels work done as part of the Upper Mississippi hypoxia workshop held in Iowa last fall," said Dean Lemke, Water Resource Bureau Chief, Division of Soil Conservation, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.  “These panels included researchers from throughout the Corn Belt who assessed tools to reduce nutrient losses to water quality in this region.”

 

"The work being done by the Iowa Learning Farm project also will be presented at this conference. The focus of this project is to help farmers refine their tillage and residue management practices to reduce soil erosion and improve water quality," said Gerald Miller, associate dean, ISU College of Agriculture.

 

The registration fee is $50 if received by March 1 and $65 thereafter. Registrations will be accepted at the door. The fee covers lunch, breaks and a copy of the conference proceedings. Additional information and registration materials are available on the Web at http://www.aep.iastate.edu. Online registration with a credit card is also available at this site.

Registrations may be faxed with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa only) to (515) 294-1311 or mailed along with a check or credit card information to: ISU Agribusiness Education Program, 2104B Agronomy Hall, Ames, Iowa, 50011-1010. For more information, contact the Agribusiness Education Program at (515) 294-6429 or e-mail aep@iastate.edu.

This program is sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture, ISU Extension, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Division of Soil Conservation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

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Contacts :

Gerald Miller, College of  Agriculture, (515) 294-4333, soil@iastate.edu

Brent Pringnitz, Agribusiness Education Program, (515) 294-9487, bpring@iastate.edu