Farmers, landowners and others interested in soil and water conservation are urged to attend the national Conservation In Action Tour, to be held this year in Iowa.
Online registration is open for the Conservation Technology Information Center’s 12th annual tour, including a packed program of farm visits, facility tours, informative presentations and an up-close look at real-world conservation practices Aug. 20-21 in central Iowa.
With the theme “Conservation at the Leading Edge,” the tour begins the afternoon of Aug. 20 with a keynote speaker and reception at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines. Aug. 21 is a full day of touring, including stops at:
Couser Cattle Co. in Nevada. The Cousers are pioneers in corn stover harvest and use, manure management, and precision application of inputs. They’ll describe their 220-acre AGvocacy Learning Farm project.
New Century FS Melbourne Service Center. Facility manager Dan Hart and his team will open their state-of-the-art plant for a look at commercial-scale management of fertilizer, seed treatments and other inputs. The FS team will explain the role of certified crop advisers in achieving conservation and production goals.
LICA Demonstration Farm, Melbourne. The tour will visit the 80-acre home of a wide range of constructed conservation systems, including in-field and edge-of-field practices to protect water quality and build healthy soils.
Tesdell Century Farm, Slater. This fifth-generation farm is home to an installation of prairie strips, which Lee Tesdell and Iowa State University researchers use to study and demonstrate the power of plant diversity in building soils and habitat on the farm.
The tour includes lunch at New Century FS, and dinner and a keynote speaker at Jester Park Lodge. Online registration is at ctic.org/cia_tour/registration. The $175 fee includes transportation, stops and all meals. Visitors may also register by calling CTIC at 765-494-9555.
A limited number of rooms are being held in CTIC reservation block at Embassy Suites hotel in Des Moines at a special rate of $129 per night for Aug. 20-21. The registration web page has a link for online booking of rooms at the discount rate.
Sponsors of the 2019 Conservation in Action Tour are John Deere, Mosaic Co., Bayer CropScience, Syngenta, The Fertilizer Institute, Nutrien, Certified Crop Advisors, Field to Market, JR Simplot, The Nature Conservancy and the Sand County Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit CTIC's tour sponsorship page or call Crystal Hatfield 765-494-9555 for more information.