AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Franklin County, will host an emerging farmer no-tillage workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hampton. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal.
The workshop is designed for emerging farmers to provide timely and scientific information about no-tillage, soil conservation and water quality as they develop sustainable business plans. To kick off the workshop, facilitators will pose five to seven questions for groups of participants to focus on. Identifying what participants already know about the topics helps facilitators avoid presenting information that is already familiar, and thus helps educators better address the group’s needs.
For the remainder, Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy, and Ann Staudt, Iowa Learning Farms, will review the common answers to each question, identify misconceptions, answer questions and provide further information on the topics. They will be prepared to discuss impacts of no-till on crop yields and soil health, as well as herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment of cover crops, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection and more.
Emerging farmers include anyone who has recently started farming, or who would like to farm or have a voice in the management of their family’s farm. Anyone new to farming or interested in farming is encouraged to attend.
The workshop will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church, 100 Central Ave E, Hampton. The workshop is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Please RSVP to Michelle Sackville at 641-456-4811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.