Upcoming Events

Organic Transition Workshop

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 10:00am

There is a growing demand for U.S. grown organic field crops and now is a prime time to consider transitioning a portion of your commodity acres to organic production. Join the Iowa Organic Association to learn more about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, and crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops.

Feed Greater Des Moines Conference

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 10:00am

March 4, 10 am-4:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church
3010 52nd Street, Des Moines

Eat Greater Des Moines is excited to host and re-brand the 8th annual “Hope for the Hungry” conference on March 4th 2017. Continuing this great work, the goal of the conference is to inspire, educate, and engage a new wave of passionate citizen volunteers for the local food and hunger movements each year. We hope you can join us for some amazing keynote speakers, panel discussions, and workshops this year!

Organic Transition Workshop

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:00am

There is a growing demand for U.S. grown organic field crops and now is a prime time to consider transitioning a portion of your commodity acres to organic production. Join the Iowa Organic Association to learn more about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, and crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops.

Organic Transition Workshop

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:00am

There is a growing demand for U.S. grown organic field crops and now is a prime time to consider transitioning a portion of your commodity acres to organic production. Join the Iowa Organic Association to learn more about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, and crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops.

Midwest Cover Crop Council Conference

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 8:30am

The 2017 Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC) conference is Wednesday, March 15, at the Crowne Plaza, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The conference includes a keynote speaker and break out sessions. Visit the MCCC website to download the conference brochure and agenda. The website has a link for online registration as well.

 

Iowa Water Conference

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

The theme for the 2017 Iowa Water Conference is Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress. The conference will be held March 22 and 23, 2017 at the Scheman Building in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa Invasive Species Conference

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 3:15pm

The Iowa Invasive Species Conference (IISC) will be held March 28–29, 2017, at the Honey Creek Resort at Lake Rathbun in Moravia. This is the first invasive species conference held in Iowa since 2000.

The goal of IISC is to strengthen the management of invasive species, especially prevention, control, and containment. A statewide conference will bring information and resources to invasive species professionals in a social, educational, professional networking format that is otherwise non-existent in the state of Iowa. 

Shivvers Memorial Lecture: The Leopold Center at 30 and beyond

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Three former Iowa legislators involved in the passage of the landmark Iowa Groundwater Protection Act of 1987, which created the Leopold Center, will discuss their original vision for the center, its accomplishments and challenges, and the role it can play in Iowa agriculture in the 21st century. Participants include David Osterberg, Ralph Rosenberg, and Paul Johnson. Leopold Center Director Mark Rasmussen will moderate the panel.

Conservation Reserve Program workshop for women

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 9:00am

Tuesday, April 11, Extension and Outreach Center, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa

Women who own or manage farmland in Mahaska and surrounding counties are invited to participate. Registration, coffee, and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting begging at 9 a.m. Lunch is provided. A field tour in the afternoon will highlight area CRP practices, with the meeting ending by 3 p.m.

RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday, April 7 to Wendi at (641) 673-3476, wendi.denham@ia.usda.gov.

Ames Reads Leopold

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 2:00pm

Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

Join guest readers as we review the writings of Aldo Leopold, widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America. His most famous work, A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949, is still popular with naturalists and writers alike. Readers will share essays from this book, from other books he has written, and from other like-minded writers.