Conservation Best Practices Manual the subject of June 17 webinar

AMES- Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 17 at noon about the Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual.

The Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual brought together many experts with the sole purpose of developing best management practices for the successful adoption of cover crops, no-/strip-tillage, diverse rotations and edge-of-field practices. This manual is designed to be a useful tool for farmers and crop advisers.

It includes decision tools that guide operators, landowners or conservation professionals through the decision-making process for adopting and implementing conservation practices.

Mark Licht, assistant professor in agronomy and cropping systems specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will discuss the manual and how it can be used to guide adoption of conservation practices.

“It is my intention that participants will gain an understanding of what is included in the manual, but also how to use the manual to increase and improve that adoption rate of conservation practices,” said Licht, whose research and extension program are focused on corn and soybean management practices, particularly developing practices for the successful adoption of cover crops.

The full manual is available as a free download from the Iowa State University Extension Store or the Iowa Learning Farms website. Ideas and feedback on the manual will be welcome during the webinar, so participants should consider downloading the manual in advance.

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT on June 17, Click the following URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172.

Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join 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. The meeting ID is: 364 284 172.

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.