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Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Collaboration Key in Watersheds
Iowa Ag Connection - 10/22/2021

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Oct. 27 at noon CDT will feature Beth Baker, assistant extension professor, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mississippi State University. Baker conducts research and outreach in water quality, nutrient transport and other ecosystem services to advance conservation adoption and protect soil and water resources.

In the webinar, "Expanding Engagement in Watershed Conservation and Planning," Baker will present a case study exploring a project in the Catalpa Creek Watershed. She will offer insights into the necessity of collaboration at all project stages, from planning through implementation of a suite of conservation practices. She will also discuss communication and engagement strategies that can help improve awareness and capture buy-in from stakeholders throughout the watershed.

"Producers and landowners clearly understand the value of watershed projects, and while these projects provide opportunities to put conservation practices in place, effective stakeholder communication is imperative to building a better understanding of what goes into a watershed plan," said Baker. "I hope participants in this webinar will better appreciate how impactful watershed collaboration can be and get some ideas for how to share their watershed work with others to build engagement."

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT Oct. 27:

- Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser:

- Or, go to and enter meeting ID 364 284 172.

- Or join from a dial-in phone line. Dial +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 with meeting ID 364 284 172.

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time at

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Established in 2004, ILF is building a Culture of Conservation by 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 include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program and GROWMARK, Inc.

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