June Webinar to Discuss Community Engagement Opportunities in Conservation, Water Quality

Iowa Learning Farms June 15 webinar features sociologist Angie Carter


AMES, Iowa — The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be Wednesday, June 15 at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Angie Carter, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College. Carter is an environmental sociologist and an eighth generation Iowan. She studies the intersections of social change, community and the environment.

Join Carter to learn more about how to reframe work and conversations about conservation, and specifically about water quality, in Iowa watersheds. What new methods of engagement or intervention might be used to create community and build new narratives around shared values? Carter will share information about her recent research that studies women's farmland ownership in Iowa. She also will share her recent work that focuses on a group of women farmland owners in the Raccoon River watershed who took part in a participatory photo project. More creative and targeted approaches for community building can help shape the path of future conservation work.    

The ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free, and all that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access. To log in, go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the “guest” option. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Carter by typing their questions through the chat function. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.

ILF has hosted a webinar every month since January 2011. To date, there are 65 webinars to view on a wide range of topics including soil erosion, water quality, cover crops, buffers and farmer perspectives.