Farmland Drainage Workshop Dec. 12 in Brooklyn

AMES, Iowa – Various aspects of farmland drainage is the topic of a Dec. 12 workshop at Manatt Community Center in Brooklyn. The program begins at 9 a.m. and will adjourn at 3:30 p.m.

“We are offering this farmland sub-surface drainage workshop due to the overwhelming interest in this topic in recent years,” said Kapil Arora, an agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The morning session will focus on sub-surface drainage design concepts, economics and long-term benefits of tiling. The afternoon session will include discussions on drainage maintenance issues, compliance with USDA-NRCS requirements, controlled drainage, bioreactors and managing drainage water quality with wetlands.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach speakers include Kapil Arora, ag engineering specialist; Jim Jensen, farm management specialist; Matt Helmers, ag engineering specialist; and John Baker, Iowa Concern attorney. USDA-NRCS specialist Bruce Atherton is also scheduled to speak.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau – Poweshiek County, various industry partners, and the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service are sponsoring the program.

Registration fee for the workshop is $40 before Dec. 7; after that date the fee is $50. Registration can be made by completing the form located at and making payment to ISU Extension – Poweshiek County. For more information, download the workshop brochure or call ISU Extension and Outreach in Poweshiek County at 641-623-5188.