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Using Bioreactors On The Farm To Improve Water Quality

Using Bioreactors On The Farm To Improve Water Quality

If you're interested in improving water quality and have a tile drainage system, tune-in to a webinar about the benefits and challenges of using bioreactors on farms. The broadcast is May 18 at noon via home computer and continues a series of monthly webinars on conservation farming.

The Iowa Learning Farms'  May webinar, to be held Wednesday, May 18 at noon, will feature Laura Christianson, who will talk about the benefits and challenges of using bioreactors to protect and improve drainage water on farms. This webinar is part of a series, hosted by ILF, on the third Wednesday of each month. The webinars are held over the noon hour through Adobe Connect. All that's needed for you to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Laura Christianson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Ag and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. She'll discuss the new technology of woodchip bioreactors to reduce the amount of nitrate in drainage water. She'll explain how they work and what they can do for you. She will answer questions from webinar "attendees" via the Adobe Connect online chat box.

If you can't view webinar at this time, view it later as it is archived

To connect to the webinars, go to: If you are new to using Adobe Connect to view and listen to webinars over a home computer, you can visit the ILF website to download a PDF file with detailed connection instructions. The ILF website homepage contains links for archived webinars from previous months at Feel free to contact ILF with other topic ideas for future webinar sessions.

ILF is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, ISU Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources; in cooperation with the Conservation Districts of Iowa organization and the Iowa Farm Bureau.

ILF is dedicated to getting more soil saving practices on the land

ILF is building a "Culture of Conservation" by calling attention to the importance of improving soil saving and water quality practices through conservation farming. This statewide program uses partners across Iowa to demonstrate these methods. Farmers who partner with ILF to participate in the program use various conservation practices including reduced tillage, no-till, strip-till, terraces, grass waterways and cover crops. Educator partners are also involved to teach valuable lessons to the next generation of Iowa landowners. Funding partners are involved in the ILF program as well.

Anyone who is interested is invited to browse the ILF website. "Our website contains resources to help all of our partners learn to retain and rebuild high quality soils and clean water," says John Lundvall, ILF program coordinator.

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