The Iowa Learning Farms' monthly webinar will be held Wednesday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m., and features Andy Larson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist in small farm sustainability. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series holds a webinar on the third Wednesday of each month. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate.
Larson's presentation will explore the grant process, how to get funding for research and demonstration projects through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) organization. He will discuss strategies, hints and tips that will help in writing grant applications and attracting grant funding using lessons from SARE, a USDA-NIFA granting and outreach program.
Larson works in planning, growing and marketing for alternative agriculture enterprises on both the commercial and lifestyle scale with ISU Extension and Outreach. He also works jointly with Iowa State's Beginning Farmer Center and coordinates the Iowa SARE Professional Development Program. Larson earned an MBA with a minor in sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University. He grew up on a family dairy and grain farm in northwestern Illinois.
To connect to the webinars, click here. Larson will be able to answer questions from webinar "attendees" via the Adobe Connect chat box. The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from previous months.
If you can't tune-in to this month's webinar, you can view it on the archives
If you can't tune-in to this month's webinar or if you had to miss a past month's webinar, don't worry. They are archived by Iowa Learning Farms and available online. For example Iowa Learning Farms' March webinar focused on nitrogen sensing technology farmers can use in their fields to decide how much N to apply per acre.
The ILF March webinar was on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m., and featured Daniel Barker, assistant scientist with the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. Barker's presentation discussed field research trials and on-farm demonstrations using remote sensing technologies (active canopy sensors) in order to vary application of in-season nitrogen fertilizer in corn. He discussed total amounts of nitrogen fertilizer applied, efficiency of nitrogen rates and timings, and yield benefits with sensor nitrogen strategies. Barker, who has a doctorate degree, has research and extension responsibilities in soil fertility, nutrient management and remote sensing.