The Iowa Learning Farms is offering another avenue of learning in 2011, hosting a series of webinars on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning in January. The webinars will be held over the noon hour through Adobe Connect. All you need is a computer with Internet access.
Via your home computer you can tune into these presentations and gain useful information you can put to work on your farm. The topics discussed will be beneficial for technical service providers, watershed project coordinators, Extension specialists, and anyone else interested in the topic of the month.
The topics and speakers for the first few months are:
Jan 19: "The Culture of Conservation" Jacqueline Comito, ILF program manager and anthropologist
Feb 16: "Will the rain ever stop?" Christopher Anderson, ISU Climate Science Program
Mar 16: "Cover Crop Management" Jeremy Singer, research agronomist with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment
Apr 20: "Nitrogen Management and Water Quality" Matt Helmers, ISU associate professor, Extension water quality engineer
May 18: "Bioreactors: Benefits and Potential Challenges" Laura Christianson, graduate student, ISU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering
June 15: "Impacts of Bacteria on Water Quality" Michelle Soupir, ISU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering assistant professor.
To connect to the webinars, go to: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/. Visit the ILF web site to download a PDF file with detailed instructions.
Also, watch the ILF web site for topics and speakers for the remainder of 2011, www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf, as well as archived sessions to view.
Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership program between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and the Iowa Farm Bureau.