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Iowa Learning Farms hosts pasture walk field day near Leon

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:17 a.m. CDT

LEON — Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day near Leon, beginning 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. The field day will include a pasture walk at Triple C Farms and focus on pasture improvement.

At the field day, Jane Hanson, Dow Agri Services representative, and Roth Mullen, Leon MFA manager, will be on hand to discuss weed management for southern Iowa pastures. Triple C Farms co-owner Todd Coffelt is also Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship water resources bureau chief. He and his brothers, Chris and Paul, will lead attendees on their pastureland highlighting practices of an EQIP contract. Decatur Soil and Water Conservation District staff will be on-hand to discuss EQIP cost-share funding to help farmers improve pastures.

The field day includes a complimentary evening meal prepared by Decatur County Cattlemen. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The field day site is located two miles west of Leon, on the north side of Highway 2, near the intersection of Highway 2 and County Road J-34 (212th Ave.).

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping the state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 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, Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa Water Center.

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