The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for June will be on Wednesday, June 15 at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Dr. 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.
“You are urged to tune-in to this webinar to learn more about how we can reframe our work and conversations about soil and water conservation, and specifically about water quality, in our watersheds,” says Carter. “What new methods of engagement or intervention might we use to create community and build new narratives around our shared values?”
Focusing on women farmland owners in the watershed
Carter will share information about her recent research studying women farmland ownership in Iowa. She will also explain her work focusing 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 as Iowa moves forward,” she says.
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 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 www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.
Total of 65 ILF webinars on conservation topics are archived
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.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and use the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about ILF visit www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.