AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day on Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
The event will include video footage from the field and live interaction with Marshall County farmer Wade Dooley as he shows changes he is making within the family farming operation to adjust to changing markets and climate.
Dooley is farming for the future, finding systems that allow him to learn, adapt and get excited to try again next year.
For Dooley this means making big changes: moving away from row crops to CRP acres, raising cover crops for seed, extending his rotations and growing a grass-fed, cow-calf operation.
“It is important to find a system that allows you to do what you enjoy, but that will also be a successful and profitable business,” said Dooley. “One of my main goals is to grow food – vegetables, fruit and meat – in order to feed our neighbors here in Iowa.”
To participate in the live field day, shortly before 1 p.m. on April 24, click the following URL, or type the web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/s/315189792
Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing+1 312 626 6799 or +1 646-876-9923. The meeting ID is 315 189 792.
The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. The archive is available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events.
A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live field day.
Original photo: Picture of Wade Dooley.