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Iowa Learning Farms to host filter strips, soil health workshop April 13

Apr 04, 2017

AMES – Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Rapid Creek Watershed Project, will host a filter strips and soil health workshop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Morse Community Club near Iowa City.

The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.

Speaking at the field day is Tim Youngquist, Prairie STRIPS farmer liaison, discussing the Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project where a small percentage of a field is planted into strips of perennial prairie plants to reduce soil erosion, water runoff, improve soil health and to create habitat for pollinators and wildlife.

Also speaking is Johnson County Farm Service Agency director Matt Berg, who will lead a discussion on the Conservation Reserve Program.

Adam Janke, wildlife specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will talk about ways to incorporate wildlife habitat on the farm.

Rapid Creek Watershed coordinator Wren Almitra will provide a project update.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own soil samples for a free SOILSCAN 360 analysis by Johnson County Natural Resources Conservation Services staff during the event.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

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