Events Archive

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center's Spring 2024 Seminar Series will Focus on the Future – Students & Their Contributions to Water Quality Research. Hybrid monthly sessions from 3:10-4:00 p.m. take place online and at 1306 Elings Hall on the Iowa State University campus.
Get them on your calendar: Feb. 14, March 6, April 10, and May 8.

Sessions feature current and former graduate students who are or have been involved with water quality research at Iowa State.

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day on Thursday, February 8 at 1 p.m. CT.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center's Fall 2023 Seminar Series will Focus on the Future – Students & Their Contributions to Water Quality Research.
Each session includes a current and former graduate student who has been involved with water quality research at an Iowa university.

NOTE: This seminar takes place in a different room in Elings Hall (3306) than the other events in this series.

Presenter: Zhushan Du, PhD student, Department of Economics

Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 6:00pm

An upcoming “Conservation on Tap,” Thursday, November 30 from 6-7 p.m. at Tellurian Brewing in Charles City will provide local farmers, landowners and urban residents with a chance to discuss and ask questions about conservation practices aimed to improve water quality and soil health, as well as managing risk from weather variability and climate change.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 - 12:00pm

The Impact of 100 Years of Agricultural Practice Changes on Sediment and Nutrient Loss from One Farm in Osceola County, IA, presented by INRC Director Matt Helmers, Iowa State University professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, will be the subject of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar, Wednesday, November 22, at noon. Get more details or the link to register at Webinars — Iowa Learning Farms

Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A Conservation on Tap event in Cumming, Iowa, Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m., will include conversation with Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director Matt Helmers, and Liz Ripley, Iowa Learning Farms conservation and cover crop outreach specialist, along with Tim Portzen and Mosa Shayan, from Middlebrook Farm, who will share comments on why water quality matters to their operation.

To ensure adequate space and food, RSVP by calling 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center's Fall 2023 Seminar Series will Focus on the Future – Students & Their Contributions to Water Quality Research.
Each session includes a current and former graduate student who has been involved with water quality research at an Iowa university.

The series starts Sept. 13, 2022, and continues through Dec. 13, 2023, with two presenters each month.

Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A “Conservation On Tap” event on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6-7 p.m. at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Des Moines, will feature Mark Licht, associate professor and extension cropping systems specialist, and Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director Matt Helmers. The event is being hosted by the Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Des Moines Water Works and Conservation Learning Group. RSVPs to ilf@iastate.edu are requested by Oct. 16 to ensure adequte space and food. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center's Fall 2023 Seminar Series will Focus on the Future – Students & Their Contributions to Water Quality Research.
Each session includes a current and former graduate student who has been involved with water quality research at an Iowa university. 

Presenter: Jingyi Tong - PhD student and graduate research assistant, Department of Economics, majoring in Agricultural Economics

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 6:00pm

The 2023 Fobes Ronald Lecture in Environmental Conservation, will be presented by Emily S. Bernhardt, PhD. is the James B. Duke Professor of Biogeochemistry and current Chair of the Department of Biology at Duke University, on the topic, "Do Rivers Have Rhythm? Describing the Energetic Regimes of Flowing Waters."

The lecture's co-sponsors are the Iowa State Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government). 

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center's Fall 2023 Seminar Series will Focus on the Future – Students & Their Contributions to Water Quality Research.
Each session includes a current and former graduate student who has been involved with water quality research at an Iowa university. 

Presenter Morgan Davis, assistant professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri

Topic: Greenhouse gas emissions from woodchip bioreactors

Thursday, August 31, 2023 - 6:00pm

Conservation on Tap Event Scheduled for Waukee

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Des Moines Water Works and Conservation Learning Group, will host the second of three “Conservation on Tap” events, Thursday, Aug, 31, from 6-7 p.m. at Kinship Brewing Co. in Waukee. Hosts include Mark Licht, agronomy, and Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center. 

Friday, August 4, 2023 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center will host a free half-day workshop on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy for farmers, landowners, and conservation professionals.

This workshop will:

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a seminar series highlighting outcomes and impacts from a decade of research. The series starts Sept. 14, 2022, and continues through May 10, 2023. Two presenters each month will discuss INRC-supported projects.

Cover crops and Grazing research will be the focus of the May 10 session presenters: 

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 12:00pm

April 19 presentation by Iowa State University’s Matthew Helmers will share 10 years of water quality and cover crop data across small to large deployments

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a seminar series highlighting outcomes and impacts from a decade of research. The series starts Sept. 14, 2022, and continues through May 10, 2023. Two presenters each month will discuss INRC-supported projects.

Communications and social sciences will be the focus of the April 12 session presenters:

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a seminar series highlighting outcomes and impacts from a decade of research. The series starts Sept. 14, 2022, and continues through May 10, 2023. Two presenters each month will discuss INRC-supported projects.

Bioreactors, ditches and oxbows will be the focus of the March 8 presenters: 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 12:00pm


Wetland in farmed landscape. Photo by Kay C. Stefanik. 

March 8 presentation features Iowa State University’s Adam Janke and Kay Stefanik showcasing aerial exploration of Iowa wetlands to better understand wetland ecology, function and biodiversity

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 1:00pm

Learn about a study of beaver dams and their impact on nutrients and hydrology with Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist at Iowa State University and Andrew Rupiper, graduate research assistant , natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State. The free, virtual field day is hosted by the Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG).

Funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, researchers are working to quantify hydrologic impacts of beaver dams in the stream system and their effect on nutrients and sediment to determine the influences these ecosystem engineers have within their watershed. Find more details at: Virtual Field Day - Beavers: Superheroes for Water Quality? — Iowa Learning Farms

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a seminar series highlighting outcomes and impacts from a decade of research. The series starts Sept. 14, 2022, and continues through May 10, 2023. Two presenters each month will discuss INRC-supported projects.

Saturated Buffers will be the focus of the February 8 presenters: 

Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 1:00pm

A free virtual field day on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 1:00 p.m. (central time) will feature research on blind inlets. The event is sponsored in part by Iowa Learning Farms in conjunction with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and the Conservation Learning Group. Participants will have the opportunity for a discussion with the farmers and researchers involved. 

Currently, blind inlets are listed in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy as an erosion control practice that reduces phosphorus (P) loss. Blind inlets have been shown to reduce sediment and phosphorus losses by 80- 98%. However, gravel filter blind inlets are not effective for trapping dissolved nutrients like nitrate. This project, funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, builds on a pilot project completed for the Iowa NRCS that looked at the effectiveness of incorporating a woodchip bioreactor into a traditional in-field blind inlet placed behind contour terraces and WASCOBs to reduce nitrate loss as well.

Get more details or the link to participate at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/can-modified-blind-inlets-terrace-sites-reduce-n-and-p-loads. 

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 1:00pm

Research on establishing saturated riparian forest buffers will be the topic of a virtual field day Dec. 15, at 1 p.m., with Iowa State University presenters Billy Beck, associate professor, natural resource ecology and management, and extension forestry specialist; Troy Heeren, agricultural specialist; Gabe Johnson, graduate student, sustainable agriculture and agriculture and biosystems engineering; and Jonathan Notch, undergraduate student, forestry. The event is hosted by the Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group. Find more details or register to participate.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 3:10pm

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a seminar series highlighting outcomes and impacts from a decade of research. The series starts Sept. 14, 2022, and continues through May 10, 2023. Two presenters each month will discuss INRC-supported projects.

Modeling will be the focus of the December 14 presenters: 

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, will hold a virtual field day focused on drainage water recycling, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 1:00 p.m. CDT,. The event will feature Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center director and agricultural engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Chris Hay, Iowa Soybean Association senior research scientist; Shane Wulf, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship senior environmental specialist; and Mark Schleisman, Calhoun County farmer and landowner.. Get more details at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/3736/)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 6:00pm

Farmers, landowners and those interested in local conservation issues can discuss what’s on their mind at the “Conservation on Tap” event Nov. 30 at the Iowa Distilling Co., 4349 Cumming Ave., Cumming, Iowa, from 6-7 p.m. The in-person event is hosted by Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with Iowa State’s Conservation Learning Group. Hosts will include Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State, and Mark Licht, assistant professor in agronomy and cropping systems specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Iowa Distilling Co. president Kyle Doyle will join in the conversations as to why water quality matters for brewing. To ensure adequate space and food, RSVP by calling 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

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