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Iowa Learning Farms to host pasture improvement field day in Decatur County

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:55 a.m. CST

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day near Leon from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31. The field day will focus on pasture improvement and includes a pasture walk at Triple C Farms.

Todd Coffelt along with his brothers, Chris and Paul, co-own Triple C Farms. They raise cattle on the family farm in Decatur County.

In 2010, they implemented a paddock and rotational grazing system to improve grass pasture productivity. Todd will lead field day attendees on their pastureland and highlight practices of their NRCS EQIP contract, now in its third year.

The cost-share contract is helping Triple C Farms increase water resources and improve grass management in their cow-calf operation. Also speaking at the field day is Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist.

The field day includes a complimentary evening meal prepared by the 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.). To RSVP for the event, contact Iowa Learning Farms, 515-294-8912 or email: ilf@iastate.edu by July 28.

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable.

Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are 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), Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/.

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