Iowa Learning Farms’ July Webinar Will Explore Buffer Strips and Windbreaks

AMES, Iowa —This month’s Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

This month’s presenter is Jesse Randall with Iowa State University Forestry Extension. He will talk about planning for buffer strips as well as windbreaks to aid in soil erosion reduction, water retention and quality.

The ILF June webinar featured Dan Jaynes, who discussed saturated buffers along waterways and how they function. This month Randall will talk about planting these buffer strips, what kind of vegetation should be planted and other factors to consider. He also will talk about planting windbreaks for farmstead protection.

Jesse Randall is an associate professor in the Iowa State Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department and Forestry Extension. He holds a Ph.D. in forestry from Michigan State University. His research includes studies in forest invasive plants, oak savannah restoration, sugar maple tree sap sweetness, and Christmas tree production.

To connect to the webinar, go to: at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log on using the “guest” option.

ILF has hosted a monthly webinar since January 2011. The ILF website has links for archived webinars from all previous sessions:  There are 40 webinars available to view on a variety of topics including soil erosion, cover crops and farmer perspectives. These can be viewed at any time.
The webinar archives also are available in podcast through iTunes.