AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa Learning Farm (ILF) is hosting a field day on the Doug Campbell farm, rural Shannon City. The program will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A complimentary dinner will be served by the Ringgold County Cattlemen prior to program. The public is invited to attend.
Issues concerning Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts and conversions will be the main topics for discussion. Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Wayde Ross will discuss updates and issues associated with expiring CRP contracts.
Iowa Learning Farm partner Doug Campbell will talk about warm season grass establishment in CRP and no-till conversion to corn and soybeans, DNR Wildlife Biologist Chad Paup will talk about wildlife benefits and food plot wildlife feeding. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension agronomist Mahdi Al-Kaisi will discuss changes in soil quality characteristics as land transitions from CRP to no-till crop management. The program will conclude with a demonstration of the Iowa Learning Farm conservation systems rainfall simulator.
The ILF takes a grassroots approach by developing innovative ways to help all Iowa citizens have an active role in keeping our state’s natural resources healthy. The project promotes active learning by involving producers as partners in addressing water quality challenges. It also expands local leadership by facilitating, encouraging, and strengthening the role of community conservationists, involving a broad set of partners and agencies.
The Doug Campbell farm is located at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road J13, two miles east of Shannon City.
Another ILF field day will be offered on Monday, Aug. 27, at the Jerry Crew farm, rural Webb, in Clay County.
The Iowa Learning Farm is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, ISU Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources; in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and Iowa Farm Bureau.