AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms will host a special webinar on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. about using the systems approach to soil and water conservation with Benjamin Turner from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
This lecture will highlight research, grounded in systems thinking, aimed at better understanding the dynamics underpinning contemporary soil and water conservation challenges. This approach synthesizes knowledge across disciplinary boundaries and uses methods from social, natural and computer modeling sciences.
Key learnings include how agricultural producers’ land ethics and the incentives of contemporary agricultural policy shift land transformation towards greater cultivation, the effects of which alter soil ecosystem functions, including delayed soil legacy effects that may alter the dynamics of runoff and stream sediment loading. The trade-offs between alternative agricultural policies, the role of the growing soil health movement, and how the systems approach can be utilized to better understand and prioritize emergent soil and water resource management problems will also be discussed.
The lecture will be held in 2432 Food Sciences Building at Iowa State University at 7 pm. To watch remotely, go to https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events and click the link to join the lecture shortly before 7 p.m. on Nov. 18, 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 https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
Lecture sponsors include ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Iowa Learning Farms, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa State Departments of Agronomy, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, and Sociology.