ILF August Webinar Focuses On 'Losing Ground'

ILF August Webinar Focuses On 'Losing Ground'

ISU's Rick Cruse will discuss the "Losing Ground" report, based on research by Iowa State scientists and the Environmental Working Group. Study shows Iowa farms are losing topsoil up to 12 times faster than government estimates.

The Iowa Learning Farms' August webinar, to be held Wednesday, Aug. 17 at noon, will feature Iowa State University agronomy professor and soil scientist Rick Cruse. He will discuss the report "Losing Ground." The webinar is part of a series, hosted by ILF, held on the third Wednesday of each month. The webinars are held over the noon hour through Adobe Connect. All that you need to participate is a computer with Internet access.

The "Losing Ground" report is based on research by Iowa State University scientists and the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The report shows that Iowa farms are losing topsoil up to 12 times faster than government estimates.

But, aerial surveys conducted by EWG indicate that soil erosion and runoff are worse than the research numbers suggest. Many fields are scarred by gullies that channel soil and chemicals into streams, which is not accounted for in ISU's erosion estimates. Cruse is one of the ISU scientists who aided in the report, working with the Iowa Daily Erosion Project.

Anyone interested in this topic is urged to tune in to the free webinar

Rick Cruse is a professor of agronomy at Iowa State and director of the Iowa Water Center. His research focus is on soil management and soil erosion processes. He recently served on the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, a bioenergy advisory council to the chief U.S. EPA administrator and has served on the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council. Cruse teaches two graduate level soil management classes at ISU.

To connect to the webinars, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/.  Cruse will be able to answer questions from webinar "attendees" via the Adobe Connect chat box. The ILF website homepage contains links for archived webinars from previous months: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.

Upcoming Iowa Learning Farms webinars: Drake University's Agricultural Law Center fellow Edward Cox will present information on the land tenure project with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in September. ISU agricultural and biosystems engineer Mark Hanna will discuss farm energy saving measures in October. Please contact ILF with other topic ideas for future webinar sessions.

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