Webinar: Iowa's Great Soil Is an Asset Worth Preserving

Iowa Learning Farms webinar will feature Iowa State soil expert discussing how Iowa’s soil was created and how it should be maintained

January 13, 2023, 12:38 pm | Alena Whitaker

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Jan. 18 at noon CST will feature C. Lee Burras, Morill Professor, Iowa State University. Burras’ research examines natural soil formation and soil change in response to long term agricultural use.

Iowa Learning Farms is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conservation and water quality education program.

Lee Burras surveying soil in a crop field.In the webinar, “How Did We Get Such Great Land?,” Burras will overview the natural and human histories of Iowa and how they have contributed to the highly productive soil found throughout the state. He will also challenge the audience to learn more about soil and what effects agriculture and human activity have on maintaining soil health.

“Iowa’s soils are incredible, but the two relevant questions for all Iowans are why are they so incredible, and how much longer will they stay this way? I hope that participants in this webinar will gain a better understanding about our fascinating and important soil and be energized to learn more about Iowa’s soils,” Burras said.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Webinar access instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CST Jan. 18:

The webinar will also be recorded and archived. All archived webinars are available on the Learning Farms website, so that they can be watched at any time.

Learning Farms has applied for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit for attending this webinar. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

The following week’s webinar will feature Maria Lemke from The Nature Conservancy.

Shareable photo: 1. Lee Burras surveying soil in a crop field. 2. Lee Burras surveying soil.

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