Webinar Focuses on Nutrient Reduction Strategy

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship staff members Jim Gillespie and Shawn Richmond are featured speakers for the Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m. They will be presenting information about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series is on the third Wednesday of each month. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate.

Gillespie, IDALS Division of Soil Conservation director, and Richmond, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program coordinator, will provide an overview of what the Nutrient Reduction Strategy is, what the goals are and how the strategy will be put in place.

The Iowa NRS is an outcome of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force. This group called upon each of the 12 states along the Mississippi River to develop its own strategy to reduce nutrients entering the river and in turn reduce the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia zone, or dead zone. The NRS was developed jointly by IDALS, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University.

To connect to the webinar, go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log in using the guest option. Gillespie and Richmond will be able to answer questions from webinar “attendees” via the Adobe Connect chat box.

The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from all previous sessions at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/. The webinar archive also is available in a podcast through iTunes.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.