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Webinar on Creating Conservation Legacy thru Farm Lease
Iowa Ag Connection - 06/12/2018

An Iowa Learning Farms webinar will cover how to leave a conservation legacy by writing conservation into farm leases and how to incorporate cover crops on acres with manure application. The webinar will air June 20 at 12 p.m.

Sara Berges, project coordinator with the Allamakee Soil and Water Conservation District, has worked for the Allamakee SWCD for eight years coordinating different watershed and county-wide projects. Berges is currently funded through a grant with the Leopold Center that allows her to work with landowners to add conservation in farm leases by updating conservation plans. As an extension of this work, she helps producers write legacy reports that document their conservation efforts and goals for their land.

"Conservation is often left out of lease discussions, but it is vital for ensuring that the land is able to be farmed for years to come," Berges said. "I want people to look outside the conservation box, start with a conversation, and brainstorm about what can work and why."

Another part of the project involves helping producers figure out how to include cover crops on acres that have manure application.

"Cover crops are the biggest topic in conservation practices right now but are often not planted on acres with manure application due to timing issues," Berges said. "This project's focus is working with landowners and producers to figure out how to make these different things work for their operations."

The Iowa Learning Farms webinar series takes place on the third Wednesday of the month. To watch, go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ shortly before 12 p.m., June 20 and log in through the guest option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

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