Central Iowa Squaw Creek watershed field day Nov. 7

Central Iowa Squaw Creek watershed field day Nov. 7

Focus is on how water quality improvement practices can realistically fit in to farming operations.

Prairie Rivers of Iowa, along with its partners, will host a field day Saturday, November 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Prairie Hill Farm in Hamilton County. The central Iowa farm is operated by Jim and Anita Johnson and is located at 3926 Hammond Ave. at Stratford, Iowa. The field day will feature conservation practices that build soil health and reduce nutrient loss in the Squaw Creek, such as prairie buffers, cover crops and integrated livestock grazing systems. In order to receive your complimentary meal at the event, please RSVP to Hanna Bates, [email protected] or 515-232-0048 or by going to prrcd.org/fieldday by November 5.

PRACTICES THAT WORK: The Squaw Creek field day Nov. 7 will feature conservation practices that build soil health and reduce nutrient loss, such as prairie buffers, cover crops and integrated livestock grazing systems.

Farmers successfully using a diverse range of practices
One focus of the field day will be on how these realistically fit into farm operations in the watershed. Iowa State University Extension specialists and farmers will present information about these conservation practices together to illustrate both the benefits and learning experiences they have had with incorporation of these practices into their farming operations. 

Also speaking at the field day is Kirk Leads of the Iowa Soybean Association; Paul Toot, a Hamilton County supervisor and Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority member; and Mark Tomer of the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS). Speakers will discuss the importance of watershed planning and building relationships on conservation at the watershed-level. Following the presentations and farm tours will be a lunch with discussions on soil health and water quality. Food will be provided by Boone County Cattlemen and other local producers. 

Working together to develop watershed improvement plan
Paul Toot, the county supervisor and Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority member says, "The Squaw Creek Watershed Board along with Prairie Rivers of Iowa and other partners worked hard for more than a year developing a watershed improvement plan for Squaw Creek. We are excited for the upcoming field day and the opportunity to learn firsthand how some of these practices can be implemented by local growers and the results they can produce."

Prairie Rivers of Iowa and the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority are the recipients of a Water Quality Initiative demonstration watershed projects from the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. Additional partners on the project include: Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition, Story County Board of Supervisors, Boone County Board of Supervisors, Story County Soil and Water Conservation District, Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Ames, Story County Conservation Board, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Heartland Cooperative, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Technical Service Provider Network, Emmons & Olivier, DuPont Pioneer, Iowa State University Water and Climate Change Program. To learn more visit Prairie Rivers of Iowa's website at prrcd.org/squawcreek.

About Prairie Rivers of Iowa: Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to strengthening Iowa's communities through the responsible stewardship of natural resources. Prairie Rivers of Iowa's programs help Iowans conserve Iowa's natural and historical resources to enrich the lives of current and future generations.

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