There are many ways to contribute the the health of Iowa's soils and water bodies including conservation tillage and structures such as grassed waterways and contour buffers. The Iowa Learning Farm and Iowa State University Extension are sponsoring two half-day workshops in northwest Iowa to offer guidance on improving soil and water quality.
Two workshops, Soil and Water Quality in Northwest Iowa, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The morning workshop will be in Rockwell City and the afternoon workshop will be in Cherokee. Three soil and water continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) will be offered for those who attend one of these events. Topics for the workshops include equipment handling and economic aspects of high residue systems, encouraging change and the effectiveness of conservation practices for soil and water quality improvement. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Field Agronomists Mark Licht and Joel DeJong are presenting as well as hosting the workshops. ISU sociology professor Lois Wright Morton and ISU agricultural engineer Mark Hanna will also offer their expertise.
For more information about these workshops, including registration details, call the Calhoun County Extension office for the Rockwell City workshop, 712-297-8611. For the Cherokee workshop, contact the Plymouth County Extension office in Le Mars, 712-546-7835.
Iowa Learning Farm is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources; in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and the Iowa Farm Bureau.