Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Carbon Sequestration in Ecosystems

July 27, 2022, 1:48 pm | Elizabeth Ripley

Michael Burchell.AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar Aug. 3 at noon CDT will feature Michael Burchell, professor and extension leader, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University. Burchell is the 2021-2022 president of the American Ecological Engineering Society and is recognized for his work improving design and implementation techniques of ecological engineered projects, such as constructed wetlands and stormwater treatment, to maximize ecosystem services, particularly for water quality improvement.

Iowa Learning Farms is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conservation and water quality education program.

In the webinar, “An Overview of Carbon Sequestration in Ecosystems,” Burchell will discuss the increased interest in different ecosystems’ potential to sequester carbon as an offset to atmospheric carbon dioxide. He will provide an overview of how carbon sequestration is accomplished in different ecosystems, the potential and limitations of each, and best practices in management to maximize effectiveness.

“Carbon sequestration potential is an important topic to many landowners, producers and conservationists looking to reduce or mitigate environmental impacts of carbon and CO2 or participate in carbon trading,” said Burchell. “While significant carbon sequestration is possible through ecosystems, careful management and understanding of the mechanisms within each are important to ensuring success. And there is more research to be done and questions to be answered to maximize the potential environmental benefits of these practices.”

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Webinar access instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT Aug. 3:

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Upcoming webinars in the series

  • Aug. 10: Daniel Andersen, Iowa State University.
  • Aug. 17: Jorgen Rose, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
  • Aug. 24: Peter O'Brien, USDA Agriculture Research Service.
  • Aug. 31: Billy Beck, Iowa State University.

About Iowa Learning Farms

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program and GROWMARK, Inc.

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