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A Vision for Change: Farmers’ Perspectives for Diversifying Iowa’s Landscape

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A Vision for Change: Farmers’ Perspectives for Diversifying Iowa’s Landscape

February 24, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

Thursday, February 24 at 1 p.m. CSTIowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Consortium for Cultivating Human And Naturally reGenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE), Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, will present a virtual field day on Thursday, February 24 at 1 p.m. CST. Join us for a live conversation with Iowa farmers Matt Russell, Wade Dooley, Rob Stout, Seth Watkins and Bryan Sievers.

Native perennials can generate profit as material for livestock feed and bedding, as well as anaerobic digestion. Targeted plantings on marginal land can also increase overall farm profitability, while providing numerous benefits for wildlife and pollinators, as well as improving soil and water quality and capturing carbon. This virtual field day will highlight the cooperation between the farmer partners and the C-CHANGE research group to explore the potential for perennial vegetation and future diversification of the agricultural landscape in Iowa.

“As farmers, we need to rethink how we do agriculture – it’s what we have always done as farmers,” notes Marion County Farmer, Matt Russel. “We’re in a place where in the next 10-15 years, we will need to change from relying on fossil fuels to force nature to do what we need it to do to grow crops, but instead partnering with nature to do what we need to do. Working with nature and diversifying the landscape has a lot of potential to help achieve that goal.”

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms virtual field days are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.


Don’t miss this virtual field day!

DATE: Thursday, February 24, 2022
TIME: 1:00 p.m. CST
Shortly before 1:00 pm: click the button below or visit our events page and click “Join Live Virtual Field Day”
Or, join via phone:
Dial: 1.312.626.6799      Meeting ID: 914 1198 4892

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February 24, 2022
1:00 pm


Iowa Learning Farms
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