Learning Farms to Host Conservation on Tap in Des Moines

Listen and share casual conservation topics during Oct. 19 event

September 27, 2023, 12:56 pm | Ann Staudt, Mark Licht

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Des Moines Water Works and Conservation Learning Group, will host a “Conservation On Tap” event on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6-7 p.m. at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Des Moines.

The event will provide local farmers, landowners and urban residents with a chance to discuss and ask questions. There will be an opportunity for networking following the event. To ensure adequate space and food, RSVP by Oct. 16 by calling 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

Prairie and cropland.“Our intent with this event is to help build community through encouraging farmers, landowners and urban residents to talk about topics important within the community, what keeps them up at night, what challenges they see with conservation practices, and what they want to learn more about,” said Liz Ripley, Iowa Learning Farms conservation and cover crop outreach specialist. “There will be no formal presentations or agenda, just a chance to talk, ask questions, listen, and learn while enjoying a beverage and provided food. We are looking forward to learning alongside everyone else who attends.”

Hosts will include Ted Corrigan, CEO and general manager of Des Moines Water Works, Mark Licht, associate professor and extension cropping systems specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center director. Staff from Big Grove Brewery will also join in the conversation about why water quality matters for brewing.

“This is another opportunity for us to partner with like-minded organizations who truly want to see improvements in water quality in our watersheds and want to be part of the solution,” Corrigan said. “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. We need interested landowners and citizens involved in not only discussing these challenges, but being part of the solution for improved water quality.”

To learn more about planned field days, virtual field days, webinars and other conservation events, please visit https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/events-1

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, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program and GROWMARK Inc.

About the Des Moines Water Works

Des Moines Water Works is a regional water utility serving the citizens of Des Moines and surrounding communities (approximately 600,000 people). DMWW is an independently operated public utility with a commitment to leading, advocating and investing today and in the future to deliver water people can trust for life.

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