Iowa Learning Farms to Host Conservation on Tap in Des Moines

Local farmers and interested Iowans can learn more about conservation

May 23, 2024, 12:22 pm | Elizabeth Ripley

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Des Moines Water Works and the Conservation Learning Group, will host the first of three upcoming “Conservation On Tap” events, Thursday, June 13, from 6-7 p.m. at Confluence Brewing Co. in Des Moines.

The event will provide local farmers, landowners and urban residents a chance to discuss conservation and ask questions. There will be an opportunity for networking following the event. To ensure adequate space and food, RSVP by June 10 by calling 515-294-5429 or email

Conservation on Tap graphic.Iowa Learning Farms is a an educational conservation program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“Our intent with this event is to help build community through encouraging farmers, landowners and urban residents to talk about important topics within the community,” said Liz Ripley, conservation and cover crop outreach specialist. “These topics could be what keeps them up at night, what challenges they see with conservation practices and what they want to learn more about.”

There will be no formal presentations or agenda – just a chance to talk, ask questions, listen and learn, according to Ripley.

Hosts at the event will include Ted Corrigan, CEO and general manager of Des Moines Water Works, Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center director, and Ripley. Staff from Confluence Brewing Co. will also join in the conversations as to why water quality matters for brewing.

“This is another opportunity for us to partner with like-minded organizations who genuinely want to see improvements in water quality in our watersheds and want to be part of the solution,” said Ted Corrigan. “We look forward to this series of discussions and engaging with attendees about where their water comes from and the water quality challenges, we face in our state.”

Upcoming Conservation On Tap events include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-7 p.m. at Peace Tree Brewing Co., Des Moines.
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-7 p.m. at Fenceline Beer Lab, Huxley.

To learn more about planned field days, virtual field days, webinars and other conservation events, visit

Shareable photos: 1. Prairie flowers. 2. Conservation on Tap graphic.

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