The Iowa Learning Farms' monthly webinar, will be on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m., and features Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship staff members Jim Gillespie and Shawn Richmond. They will be presenting more information about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Anyone who is interested is urged to tune-in on their home computer, to learn what farmers can do to help reduce fertilizer and manure runoff from farm fields.
The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The series is on the third Wednesday of each month. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate. Jim Gillespie, IDALS Division of Soil Conservation director, and Shawn Richmond, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program or CREP coordinator, will provide an overview of what the Nutrient Reduction Strategy is, what the goals are and how it will be put in place.
Iowa Learning Farms' August webinar focuses on Nutrient Reduction Strategy
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is an outcome of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force. This group has called upon each of the 12 states along the Mississippi River to develop its own strategy to reduce nutrients entering the river and in turn reduce the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia zone, or dead zone. The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was developed jointly by IDALS, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University.
To connect to the webinar, go to this link at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log using the guest option. Gillespie and Richmond will be able to answer questions from webinar "attendees" via the Adobe Connect chat box. The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from all previous sessions. The webinar archive is also available in a podcast through iTunes.
Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between 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 (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.