Events Archive

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 3:00pm

INRC Fall 2021 Water Quality Research Seminar Series: New Technologies, New Tools and Emerging Concerns 
Presenter: Chris Jones
is a research engineer at the University of Iowa IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering.

Jones' presentation will outline a proposed objective, 1-value water quality metric for streams in agricultural watersheds, and discuss how Iowa streams fare against this index. Jones’ research interests include contaminant hydrology, real time water monitoring and municipal drinking water quality and treatment.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 3:00pm

INRC Fall 2021 Water Quality Research Seminar Series: New Technologies, New Tools and Emerging Concerns 
Sept. 8, 2021

Presenter: Emily Zimmerman is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 9:00am


  • Conversation with ISU Dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences - Daniel J. Robison
  • Updates on corn rootworm and soybean gall midge - Erin Hodgson, ISU Extension & Outreach Entomologist
  • Integrated weed management updates - Prashant Jha, ISU Extension & Outreach Weed Specialist
  • Edge of field practices for nitrate reduction - Matt Helmers, INRC Director, Professor of  Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering

Free and open to the public. Registration not required. Link to flyer for more information.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 3:00pm

Presenter: Jennifer Tank, Galla Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the Environmental Change Initiative at Notre Dame.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 7:00pm

A webinar on Tuesday, May 25, 7-8 p.m., kicks off the series “Profiles in the Wonders of Iowa’s Wetlands” created by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The series will feature 12 in-depth educational videos highlighting the diversity and benefits of wetland ecosystems throughout the state. The webinar, which airs during American Wetlands Month, will introduce the project and give an overview of Iowa wetland types, their functions and ecology, and the beneficial goods and services they can provide. Find more information and the link to register.  

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 3:00pm

Findings from Watersheds Around the Country
April 28, 2021

Presenter, Jason Hubbart, professor of physical hydrology and water quality in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, serves as the director of the West Virginia University Institute of Water Security and Science. 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm

Mark Licht, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, and Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director, will discuss spring cover crop management and the impact of cover crops on water quality at a virtual field day, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 4:30pm

This year's virtual Iowa Water Conference, "Building Resilience for Water and People," will be held, April 6-8. 

The conference includes a breakout session panel on Iowa Nutrient Research Center: Current Research and Research Impacts, Wednesday, April 7, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.. Panelists will be INRC Assistant Director Kay Stefanik, with Iowa State University faculty Chaoqun Lu, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, Marshall McDaniel, agronomy, and Michelle Soupir, agricultural and biosystems engineering. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 3:00pm

INRC Water Quality Research Seminar - Findings from Watershed around the Country 
March 24, 2021

Presenter: Margaret Kalcic, assistant professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State University. Kalcic researches watershed hydrology with a focus on water quality and agricultural conservation. 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm

INRC Director Matt Helmers will discuss the impact of cover crop implementation on water quality in two small watersheds for an Iowa Learning Farms webinar,  Wednesday, March 3, at noon. More information and link to register at

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 3:00pm

INRC Water Quality Research Seminar - Findings from Watershed around the Country 
February 24, 2021
Presenter: Aaron Mittelstet,
assistant professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 3:55pm

Putting Science into Practice is the theme of the 2021 Agribusiness Association of Iowa Virtual Showcase & Conference, Feb. 9-10. INRC Assistant Director Kay Stefanik will speak on "Implementing Wetland Edge-of-Field Management: Why, Where, and How" at 3:00.p.m., during the session, Putting Wetland & Edge of Field Management into Practice, from 3:00-3:55. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 2:30pm to Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 5:30pm

The National Academy of Sciences invites registration to a five-session, free, virtual workshop on “Reducing the Health Impacts of the Nitrogen Problem,” beginning Thursdays, Jan. 28, through Feb. 25, from 1:30-4:30 CST, sponsored by the NAS’ Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI).

INRC Director Matt Helmers is one of the presenters at the initial workshop session on Jan. 28. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 3:00pm

INRC Water Quality Research Seminar - Findings from Watershed around the Country 
January 27, 2021
Presenter: Mike Daniels
, Extension Professor for Soil and Water Conservation with the Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Arkansas. 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us for a live conversation Thursday, January 14, at 1 p.m. CST, about growing Miscantus in Iowa with Emily Heaton, Iowa State University agronomy professor and ISU Extension and Outreach biomass crop specialist. Hosted by Iowa Learning Farms in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and the Conservation Learning Group (CLG). Get more details.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 8:30am
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 3:00pm

INRC Fall Water Research Seminar Series
November 18, 2020 - 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Evaluating flood mitigation strategies in an agricultural watershed in Iowa using process-based hydrologic modeling

Presenter: Antonio Arenas Amado, associate research engineer, IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering - University of Iowa 

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 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 exploring impacts of cover crops, tillage and nitrogen-inhibitors on crop performance and water quality on Thursday, November 5th at 1 p.m. CST.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Partners of Scott County Watersheds is presenting a Grant Programs webinar about the numerous grant funding and cost-share programs that are available for water quality improvement, conservation, and flood reduction projects in Iowa and Illinois.  This webinar will feature presentations from local, state and federal organizations outlining the details of their respective programs. The webinar, hosted in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, will be held via Zoom on Thursday, November 5th from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Please visit the Partners of Scott County Watersheds website,, for more information and to register for the event. Download the flyer

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00pm

INRC Fall Water Research Seminar Series 
October 28, 2020 

Understanding farmer and landowner decision-making and message preference concerning conservation practice adoption in the Clear Creek Watershed
Presenter: Erin O Heiden, assistant director, Center for Social & Behavioral Research (CSBR), Universitiy of Northern Iowa

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 3:00pm

Presenter: Grace Wilkinson, assistant professor, Iowa State University 

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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!

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.

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.