FIELD DAYS AND MORE
As the conservation outreach specialist for Iowa Learning Farms, Liz Juchems plans field days and workshops for farmers and landowners, coordinates Conservation Station visits, and is involved with crop and conservation related research.
“Focusing on improving and protecting water quality isn’t just about filtering bad things out of water,” Juchems says. “It must also address preventing soil sediment and other contaminants from entering lakes and rivers. Water quality does matter to Iowans, as evidenced by the funding for water quality projects passed by the Iowa Legislature.”
ILF is a trusted resource that’s been ongoing for 15 years. “We have a lot of expertise in water quality, conservation and agricultural practices,” Juchems says. “We are also connected to partners with even more experience and expertise. If you have a question about conservation, water quality or other environmental topic, we can help you find the answer.”
“The other fun part of working with Iowa Learning Farms is having the opportunity to help with the Water Rocks! program. We visit schools with our ILF Conservation Station and helping young students learn about the importance of taking care of our soil, water and nature’s many resources,” Juchems says.
Iowa Learning Farms recently launched the Emerging Farmers series of resources and guides aimed at supporting new and prospective farmers at iowalearningfarms.org/emerging-farmers. “These resources help young farmers develop sustainable business plans for their farming operations,” Juchems says.