Perennial Vegetation Workshop to Be Held Feb. 1 in Washington County

Native perennials can generate profit as material for livestock feed and bedding

January 12, 2022, 1:35 pm | Liz Ripley

(Update, second workshop location added)

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally Regenerative Enterprises, also known as C-CHANGE, will host a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon, and Feb. 15, regarding the opportunities and challenges of incorporating perennial vegetation on farms. Farmers and landowners are welcome to attend the free event, which includes a complimentary meal, held in the Jim and Evelyn Eash Banquet Room on the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Iowa Learning Farms is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Native perennials can generate profit as material for livestock feed and bedding, as well as anaerobic digestion. Targeted plantings on marginal land can also increase overall farm profitability, while providing numerous benefits for wildlife and pollinators, as well as improving soil and water quality. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn more on these opportunities, ask questions and share their experiences.

Prairie strips.The discussion will be facilitated by Liz Ripley, Iowa Learning Farms conservation and cover crop outreach specialist, Matt Woods, Iowa State University department of agronomy agricultural specialist, and Omar de Kok-Mercado, Iowa State University STRIPS project coordinator and communications lead.

The workshop will be held in the Jim and Evelyn Eash Banquet Room in the lower level of Dallmeyer Hall on the Washington County Fairgrounds, 611 Highway 1 South, Washington, Iowa.

Update: Second event to be held Feb. 15 near Lewis. 

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Consortium for Cultivating Human And Naturally reGenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE), will host a workshop on Tuesday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. regarding the opportunities and challenges of incorporating perennial vegetation on farms. We welcome farmers and landowners to attend the free event, which includes a complimentary meal and will be held at the Wallace Learning Center near Lewis. 

The discussion will be facilitated by Liz Ripley, Iowa Learning Farms conservation and cover crop outreach specialist, Matt Woods, Iowa State University department of agronomy agricultural specialist, and David Bruene, Iowa State University beef farm manager.

The workshop will be held at the Wallace Learning Center located at the Armstrong Memorial Research Farm, 53265 Hitchcock Ave, Lewis, IA 51544.

The event is free and open to farmers and landowners, though reservations are required to ensure adequate space and food. For reasonable accommodations and to RSVP, contact Liz Ripley at 515-294-5429 or ilf@iastate.edu.  Attendees will be entered in a drawing that evening for Iowa State University Prairie Strips honey.

Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and this project is supported by USDA NIFA award 2020-68012-31824. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit www.iowalearningfarms.org.

Shareable photo: Prairie strips can be integrated into row crop fields and offer numerous benefits to farmers and landowners.

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