Iowa Learning Farms Webinar Looks at Impact Cattle Have on Planet

March 5, 2019, 9:49 am | Hilary Pierce, Jacqueline Comito

Mark Rasmussen standing in front of cattle.AMES, Iowa — The role of livestock in sustainable agriculture is the topic of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar, Wednesday, March 20 at 12 p.m.

The webinar will focus on ruminant nutrition and feeding practices, and how ruminant production can be linked with crop diversity, soil health, climate and sustainable agriculture. Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of production practices and current economics.

“The role of livestock in sustainable agriculture is misunderstood,” said Rasmussen, whose expertise extends to many areas of agriculture, agricultural microbiology, animal health and nutrition. He hopes webinar viewers will gain a better understanding of the many benefits of forage-based agriculture.

To watch, go to and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12 p.m., March 20 to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at


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