'Hort Day Live' to Feature Iowa Public Radio Host

Guests will see research stations including fruits and vegetables, ornamentals, as well as turtle and bee research

September 7, 2023, 10:47 am | Nick Howell

AMES, Iowa – The host of Iowa Public Radio’s “Horticulture Friday” will visit Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station for a special field day Sept. 16.

Charity Nebbe, who became host of Talk of Iowa in 2010, will conduct a live interview with the horticulture team from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Guests will have the opportunity to take tours led by Iowa State faculty through the beautiful grounds of the 230-acre farm and see research stations including fruits and vegetables, ornamentals, as well as turtle and bee research. The field day runs from 1-4 p.m. at the farm, located north of Ames.

Join Charity for her "Hort Day Live" program at 2:30 p.m. Nick Howell.

“The horticulture research farm is fascinating,” said Nebbe. “It’s a beautiful place to be, but it’s also just really fun to see the research in action. Our horticulture experts are so incredibly knowledgeable … it’s really fun to get to see the kind of work they get to do on a day-to-day basis.”

Horticulture specialists at the event will include Aaron Steil, Cindy Haynes, Ajay Nair, Jeff Isles, Susan Slack, Adam Janke and Adam Thoms.

The group regularly appears on “Horticulture Friday,” a program now in its 37th year.

“It’s an opportunity for people to see where all of this knowledge and work happens,” said Nick Howell, farm superintendent. “The farm is here to generate data to learn how to do horticulture. … It’s a neat opportunity to meet the people who are doing the work.”

There is no registration required, although attendees can mark their attendance on the Facebook event page. There will be time to interact with specialists during the tours.

The Horticulture Research Station is located at 55519 170th St., Ames. Three miles north of Ames on Highway 69, turn east on 170th Street about 1.5 miles.

Shareable photo: Nick Howell speaking.

Horticulture field day tour.

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