How much progress is being made in reducing nutrient loss from farm fields and improving the quality of water in Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams? Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar at noon April 29 about the work that is being done in Iowa to reduce losses of agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus, as well as the progress that has been made.
What are the drivers of nutrient loss and water quality impacts in Iowa? To what extent are agricultural conservation practices being used in Iowa to address these concerns? This webinar will explore these questions, describe the wide variety of data sources available, and present findings from the forthcoming Annual Progress Report of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Evaluating Iowa’s progress
Presenter is Laurie Nowatzke, measurement coordinator for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy at Iowa State University. She will share how Iowa’s water quality efforts are tracked, the latest findings and where participants can find additional resources about these efforts.
“There are many programs and initiatives working toward reducing nutrient loss in Iowa. This project uses data to show the current status and outcomes of those efforts, and it aims to provide Iowans with timely information regarding water quality improvement,” she says.
Nowatzke works for the College of Ag and Life Sciences to evaluate Iowa’s progress in meeting water quality goals, research Iowa farmers’ conservation practice adoption, and track statewide use of water quality improvement practices in agriculture.
To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon on April 29, go to iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172. Or go to iastate.zoom.us/join and enter the meeting ID 364 284 172. Or join by phone at 312-626-6799 or 646-876-9923 with meeting ID 364 284 172.
Webinar archived for later viewing
The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
A certified crop adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for people able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.