Perennial Vegetation Workshop to be Held Feb. 1 in Washington County
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally Regenerative Enterprises, also known as C-CHANGE, will host a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on February 1 on the opportunities and challenges of incorporating perennial vegetation on farms.
Farmers and landowners are invited to attend the free event, which includes a free lunch, held in the Jim and Evelyn Eash Banquet Hall at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Iowa Learning Farms is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Native perennials can provide benefits as livestock feed and bedding material, as well as for anaerobic digestion. Targeted plantings on marginal lands can also increase overall farm profitability, while providing numerous benefits for wildlife and pollinators, as well as improving soil and water quality. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn more about these opportunities, ask questions and share their experiences.
The discussion will be moderated by Liz Ripley, cover crop conservation and awareness specialist at Iowa Learning Farms; Matt Woods, agricultural specialist in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University; and Omar de Kok-Mercado, Iowa State University STRIPS project coordinator and communications manager.
The workshop will be held in the Jim and Evelyn Eash Banquet Hall on the Lower Level of Dallmeyer Hall on the Fairgrounds, 611 Highway 1 South, Washington, Iowa.
The event is open to farmers and landowners, although reservations are required to ensure adequate space and food. For reasonable accommodations and to RSVP, contact Liz Ripley at 515-294-5429 or [email protected] Entrants will be entered into a draw that night for Iowa State University’s Prairie Strips honey.
The Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and this project is supported by USDA NIFA Award 2020-68012-31824. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit https://www.iowalearningfarms.org.