AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Rapid Creek Watershed Project, will host a filter strips and soil health workshop on Thursday, April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Morse Community Club near Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.
Speaking at the field day is Tim Youngquist, Prairie STRIPS Farmer Liaison, discussing the Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project where a small percentage of a field is planted into strips of perennial prairie plants to reduce soil erosion, water runoff, improve soil health and to create habitat for pollinators and wildlife.
Also speaking is Johnson County Farm Service Agency Director Matt Berg, who will lead a discussion on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Adam Janke, wildlife specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will talk about ways to incorporate wildlife habitat on the farm. Rapid Creek Watershed Coordinator Wren Almitra will provide a project update.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own soil samples for a free SOILSCAN 360 analysis by Johnson County NRCS staff during the event.
The field day will be held at the Morse Community Club located at 2542 Putnam St NE, Iowa City, IA. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wren Almitra, watershed coordinator Rapid Creek Watershed Project, 319-337-2322 ext. 300