Events Archive

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 3:00pm

INRC Fall Water Research Seminar Series
September 23, 2020 

Presenter: Grace Wilkinson, assistant professor, Iowa State University 

This talk will explore the how the processes that drive harmful algal blooms in lakes are changing, particularly here in the Midwest, and how to respond to these challenges to maintain lake ecosystem services. 

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 8:00am

Hear about the latest research being conducted on ISU Research and Demonstration Farms across the state during a series of short, interactive webinars, Monday, Aug. 31, through Friday, Sept. 4. Tours begin each day at 8:00 a.m. ISU Extension Specialists, including INRC Director Matt Helmers (on Tuesday, Sept. 1) will take you into the field, explain what they're seeing and answer your questions. Each morning tour stop features 20 minutes of in-field video, drone footage and presentation. Presenters will be available following the tour to take questions from attendees. Registration required in advance! Get more info at:

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

A free virtual prairie strips field day will be held on Thursday, July 9 at 1pm CDT. Join us as we explore the multitude of benefits prairie strips can offer with Tim Youngquist, ISU Prairie STRIPS farmer liaison, and Gary Guthrie, Story County landowner with prairie strips. Hosted by Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group.

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual soil health field day on Thursday, June 18, at 1:00 pm CDT. Dig into soil health with Marshall McDaniel, ISU assistant professor in soil-plant interactions, with video footage from the field and live interaction during the event. Visit to register and join the event. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, the Conservation Learning Group and Prairie Rivers of Iowa, is hosting a free virtual field day Thursday, June 11, at 1:00 pm CDT. Explore the first-ever saturated buffer, which was installed in 2010 within an existing riparian buffer along Bear Creek in Hamilton County. The event will include video footage from the field and live interaction with Tom Isenhart, Iowa State University Professor, Billy Beck, ISU assistant professor and forestry specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Dan Haug and David Stein of Prairie Rivers of Iowa. Together they will discuss how saturated buffers, riparian buffers and pollinator habitat work together to improve water quality, farm aesthetics and wildlife opportunities. Visit for more information and a link to join the event. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

INRC Assistant Director Kay Stefanik presents an Iowa Learning Farms webinar, “Wetland Ecosystem Services: How Wetlands can Benefit Iowans.” Learn more or join live, at . 

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 1:00pm

AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day on Thursday, May 14th at 1pm CDT. The event will include video footage from a local riparian forest area and live interaction with Billy Beck, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist and Adam Janke, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 10:48am

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 29 at noon, about the work that is being done in Iowa to reduce losses of agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus, as well as the progress that has been made. Presenter Laurie Nowatzke, Measurement Coordinator for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy at Iowa State University, will present findings from the forthcoming Annual Progress Report of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Iowa Nutrient Research Center – Advisory Council Teleconference
March 24, 2020, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
The meeting will be conducted via Zoom teleconference only (no in-person meeting), at:
Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 900 433 736; 
Or join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 900 433 736

Agenda (PDF)


Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 3:10pm to 4:00pm

Presented by Dan Jaynes, Soil scientist, USDA Agriculture Research Service, recently retired

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 3:10pm to 4:00pm

Presented by Pete Nowak, Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 12:00pm

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director Matt Helmers will discuss the center and some of the impacts from the research projects it has funded, as well as current activities, during a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 12 p.m. hosted by Iowa Learning Farms.  The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Dr. Benjamin Turner, Texas A & M University-Kingsville. 
Lecture will highlight research, grounded in systems thinking, aimed at better understanding the dynamics underpinning contemporary soil and water conservation challenges. 

More details at systemsthinking-lecture-poster-191001_002.pdf

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Iowa Nutrient Research Center – Advisory Council
September 19, 2019, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Eling’s Hall, Iowa State University Campus, Room 1306
Agenda (PDF)

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, will host a conservation practice showcase field day on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the ISU Uthe Farm near Madrid. The event is free, open to families and includes a complimentary meal. More information at:

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Soil Health Partnership, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association, Adams County Farm Bureau and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crops, grazing cover crops and soil health field day Tuesday, July 9th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ray and Elaine Gaesser’s Farm near Corning.

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Advisory Council Meeting (by Teleconference/Video) 



Monday, April 29, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:00pm