Meet Our 2017 Water Resources Interns!

We are happy to introduce a great crew of interns this year! You can catch our interns out this summer at county fairs, farmers markets, field days and festivals across the great state of Iowa as they travel with our fleet of Conservation Station trailers. Our interns will also play a large role in field work and data collection for research projects with Iowa State University Extension’s Iowa Learning Farms program and Iowa State’s Ag Water Management research group.


Pictured above from left to right:

Elizabeth Schwab, hailing all the way from Levittown, Pennsylvania, is double majoring in Agronomy and Environmental Science at Iowa State. Elizabeth will begin her senior year this fall.

Chase Bethany, representing northeast Iowa, grew up in Chickasaw County in New Hampton. Chase is studying Agricultural Engineering (Power and Machinery Option) with a minor in business at Iowa State and will be a junior this fall.

Kaleb Baber represents the great state of Missouri. Kaleb grew up in Weston, Missouri, and headed north to pursue a degree in Agronomy at Iowa State. Kaleb will be a junior this fall.

Andrew Hillman hails from eastern Iowa and is a native of Bettendorf. Andrew is studying Biological Systems Engineering at Iowa State and will begin his junior year this fall.

Laura Lacquement, originally from Martensdale, Iowa, in Warren County, is studying Environmental Science and heading into her senior year this fall.

We are happy to have our interns on board! Come meet them at a community event near you. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog and on our program social media pages as our interns author guest blogs, talk about their experiences and share what they think is important about water quality, conservation and our natural resources.

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Julie Whitson

Meet our 2014 Summer Interns!

Student interns are a huge part of the Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks! team every summer, more than doubling the size of our regular staff!  Our interns are directly involved with public outreach (visiting schools, libraries, traveling with the Conservation Station to field days and county fairs) as well as field and lab research on such topics as agricultural water resources and cover crops (e.g. measuring cover crop impacts on soil infiltration).

In addition, each intern will be completing an independent project tailored to their own unique interests, with projects ranging from an investigation of the relationship between earthworms and cover crops, to soil physical properties, to creating videos and other media for the Water Rocks! program.

Without further ado, let’s meet the 2014 summer intern crew!


Pictured from left to right:
Brandon Friederich: Journalism and Mass Communications/Music double major, Iowa State University
Nick Hunter: Physics/Spanish double major, Grinnell College
Liz Gotzinger: Integrated Studio Arts, Iowa State University
Annie Wallace: Biological Systems Engineering, Iowa State University
Anna Chott: Environmental Science/Environmental Policy double major, Drake University
Tiffany Eberhard: Environmental Health Science/Anthropology double major, University of Georgia
Lance Henrichs: Agricultural Systems Technology, Iowa State University

This enthusiastic crew will be out and about around the state all summer long, so keep an eye out for their friendly faces coming to a location near you.

– Ann Staudt

Crowds Visit Mitchell County Farm to Learn About Strip-Till and No-Till

Osage-area Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) farmer-partners Dana, Randy, and Steve Norby hosted 95 people at Dana’s farmstead for an ILF field day on June 21.  The brothers explained how they have successfully planted corn into a strip-tilled seedbed for over 5 years and no-till planted soybean for over 15 years.  We were excited to hear that the audience included farmers and landowners ranging from experienced strip-tillers to those interested in learning more about an alternative to full-width tillage.  Attendees learned optimum corn management techniques from ISU Extension Corn Management Specialist Roger Elmore and heard about current crop issues from ISU Extension Field Agronomist Terry Basol.  Mitchell County NRCS/SWCD personnel encouraged attendees to learn about cost-share incentives available to those interested in trying no-till planting for the first time on their farm.

Attendees enjoyed a terrific catered lunch served by the Mitchell County Cattlemen and interacted with ILF interns Sara Sloan and Britney Carpio, who demonstrated the Lil’ Conservation Station’s rainfall simulator.  Over 1.25″ of welcome rain fell in the area the night before the field day, and sunny skies contributed to a very successful June 21 field day!


Meet our student interns!

Summer means field work, soil sampling, water monitoring, and a host of Conservation Station appearances (county fairs, farmers markets, farmer field days, and more)…  we couldn’t get by without our crew of fabulous student interns!   There are seven undergraduate student interns on the Iowa Learning Farms team this summer.  We’re thrilled to have them on board, and hope you will get the chance to meet them in person at one of our many events across the state!