Liz Juchems
Iowa Learning Farms


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Iowa Learning Farms will host a workshop on soil health and grazing on Thursday, March 15 from 6-8 p.m. for those new to farming and developing sustainable business plans.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Franklin County, will host an emerging farmer no-tillage workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hampton. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal.

Iowa Learning Farms uses a four-step evaluation process they developed to more effectively incorporate one-on-one conversations with experts and other farmers into their field days about new land management practices.

Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield, and actually increased soybean yields in eight site-years and corn yield in two site-years, according to a nine-year study conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa.

The cover crop workshop will be held Dec. 13 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and include Pottawattamie County farmer Russ Brandes, a fourth generation farmer from near Hancock.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Elk Run Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 12-2 p.m. at the Swan Lake Conservation Education Center near Carroll. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

Brian Sampson, a Story County farmer, will discuss his transition to strip-tillage and addition cover crops as well as his experience with the conservation planning process with the NRCS and Iowa Learning Farms. Iowa State specialists are also on the agenda.

The field day will feature a panel of Montgomery County cover crop farmers including Gary Johnson, Mike Johnson, Mark Peterson, Dave Robinette and Kent Swanson.

Winneshiek County farmer Jake Groth will share experiences related to transitioning to no-till and adding cover crops to the management of his family farm during the Nov. 21 field day at the Winneshiek County NRCS office.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a cover crop field day Nov.16, hosted by Ben and Andy Johnson, rural Floyd. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.