Iowa Learning Farms kicked of the 2016 webinar series with a chat with Dr. John Lawrence, Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University (ISU) and Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and ISU Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) Agriculture and Natural Resources program area.
Dr. Lawrence and ILF Program Director, Dr. Jacqueline Comito, spoke about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the difficulties of defining and measuring success as Iowa works to reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and to the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Lawrence heads the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, which has played an integral role in assessing scientific approaches that target the scope, scale, and practices laid out in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. To reduce nutrients, Dr. Comito and Dr. Lawrence spoke about the need to get more creative and motivate farmers to implement practices that could reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loss.
The conversation covered important information about next steps for Iowa if we cannot “push the needle” each year and improve our water quality. Watch the webinar here. If you enjoy listening to podcasts, you can find many Iowa Learning Farms webinars available for download. Take a look at our webinar archive and see what you might be missing.