A Huge Thank You!

ILFHeaderOn behalf of the Iowa Learning Farms team, I would like to thank all of our hosts, speakers and partners for an awesome 2018 Field Day season. This year our 24 field days and workshops were attended by 1,134 farmers, landowners, government employees, students and educators, media and agribusiness staff. The topics covered included: cover crops, grazing cover crops, soil health, strip-till/no-till, bioreactors and other edge of field practices, water quality, Emerging Farmers and events for women landowners.  Implementing these practices on our landscape is so important in helping us reach our Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals.

Keep an eye out for mail from us this January! We will be mailing a brief survey to all farmers/operators and landowners who attended an ILF-sponsored field day or workshop.

Be sure to check out our events page on our website to attend a 2019 event near you.

Hilary Pierce


Meet Our Newest Team Member

CLGHeaderIMG_3274Hi! I’m Hilary Pierce and I’m a new Extension Outreach Specialist at Iowa State University. I’ll be working with the Conservation Learning Group on their programs Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! and with Iowa Watershed Approach.

I have undergraduate degrees in English & History from Queen Mary, University of London and Environmental Science from Iowa State University. Although I grew up in Pennsylvania, I’ve been living in the Midwest for the past 7 years.

After graduating from Iowa State, I spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with an environmental education organization in northwest Michigan. It was a great program, where I got to teach students and members of the public about Lake Michigan and the importance of protecting the Great Lakes, and learn about sailing (we taught our programs on a traditionally rigged schooner).

I am nearly finished with a master’s degree (pending a successful thesis defense!) from the University of Minnesota in Natural Resources Science and Management, with a specialization in Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management. My thesis research looked at the effect of stream channel incision on the depth to shallow groundwater in riparian corridors throughout the Minnesota River Valley.

When I’m not working with ISU Extension or on finishing my thesis, I love hiking, traveling, watching movies and swimming. I’m looking forward to meeting you all at outreach events and WMA meetings – please come say hi to me if you see me around!

Hilary Pierce