Jacqueline Comito
Iowa Learning Farms

515-296-0081
jcomito@iastate.edu

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Everyone lives in a watershed and has a relationship with the watershed. Learn more about Iowa water quality issues, how watersheds function and the human relationship with them May 4 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Story County office.

In a new podcast series, titled “Conservation Chat,” Jacqueline Comito, director of the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! programs, holds casual conversations with Iowans about aspects of conservation. The first guests are Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Mills County farmer Steve McGrew.
 

Iowa Learning Farms begins its fifth year of monthly webinars with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The webinar will be live on a special date and time: Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. 

Iowa Learning Farms and the WaterRocks! Team from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and their volunteers are bringing a “conservation counts” message to the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7-17. They will demonstrate the rainfall simulator, Enviroscape and conduct the “Poo Toss” challenge game during the fair at Farm Bureau Park, located between the Administration Building and the Varied Industries Building.

The Water Rocks! team came home with 15 awards at the 23rd Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association award ceremony, including three Awards of Excellence in Educational Production.

Water Rocks! is a statewide youth water education campaign in which music is used as a primary component. Partners in the project are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Water Center and Iowa Learning Farms.

To help farmers understand how cover crops work and the best management practices for including them in rotations, Iowa Learning Farms has released the video, “Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives."

The five-year Iowa Learning Farms project is commemorating 10 years in 2014.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar will be Wednesday, Jan. 15. ILF program manager Jacqueline Comito will discuss “Building a Culture of Conservation: A 10-Year Review."

The new online computer game “Rock Your Watershed!” is fun for all ages. It entertains while teaching players about productivity and environmental impacts, based on land management choices on 10 parcels of land within a watershed.