Iowa Learning Farms begins its fifth year of monthly webinars, kicking 2015 off with a January 27 program featuring Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The webinar this month will be live on a special date and time—Tuesday, January 27 at 4 p.m. The webinar has ILF program manager Jacqueline Comito and secretary Northey discussing agriculture in Iowa and what its future may hold.
As Northey begins his third term as the state's secretary of agriculture, he has a view of where the state stands currently and where it is headed on issues and challenges facing farmers. Northey is a farmer himself, he knows the farmers of Iowa and the ag industry inherently, says Comito. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Northey during the webinar, by typing their questions through the chat function of the Adobe Connect software.
You can send questions live to webinar program presenters
Regularly, through the year, ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month, and in 2015, the live broadcasts will be at 1 p.m., except for this special January 27 webinar which is at 4 p.m. The webinars are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access. To connect to the webinar go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the "guest" option.
ILF has hosted a monthly webinar since January 2011. All the past webinars are archived and can be watched anytime on the ILF website. There are over 45 webinars to view on a wide range of topics including soil erosion, cover crops, buffers, bioreactors and farmer perspectives. The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.
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 implement 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 and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms visit the ILF website.