Day 2: conservation agriculture south-south “virtual” field

Day 2: conservation agriculture south-south “virtual” field

As we enjoy the beauty of summer and fall in Iowa, and look forward to the abundance of food, feed, fiber and grain the land bestows, we are reminded that some things in the world are not cancelled or delayed by a pandemic. The land continues its seasonal cycles, and farmers continue their work to plant, tend and care for their crops and livestock.

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As we all observe restrictions this summer to protect our families and communities from COVID, we at Practical Farmers remain committed to connecting farmers with one another to share knowledge and build resilient farms and communities.

As this pandemic has revealed, this knowledge and spirit of cooperation is needed now more than ever as we work to ensure all farms can withstand the unexpected, and all communities have strong local food systems they can rely on.

Field days remain a foundation of PFI.

Using Conservation to Improve Farm Profitability – 60-Inch-Row Corn + Interseeded Cover Crops

While our field days will look different this year, we are confident these events will help you stay connected as you learn from one another about production, business and conservation strategies. Read about how to attend virtual events. NEW: Sign up to receive email updates for virtual field days. June Beginning Farmer Virtual Social. June Working Towards Farm Succession. July 1: Approaching Oats as a Cash Crop.

July Beginning Farmer Virtual Social.

day 2: conservation agriculture south-south “virtual” field

July Farm Manager Panel. View the list of events below or check out the PDF version of the field day guide.From fens to oxbows to prairie potholes, each wetland has a role to play. Within a row crop system, these areas offer an opportunity to improve water quality and field profitability when allowed to function as wetlands rather than cropped areas. The wetland plants also provide a great habitat for a variety of pollinators. May is American Wetlands Month and to celebrate, the event will take you on a tour of the diversity of wetlands found in Iowa.

Together they will discuss how these sites were formed, identify features that make each wetland unique - including the wildlife and plants, and answer questions from attendees on how farmers and landowners can work with and around the wetlands.

ICYMI: Earth Day 2020 Virtual Extravaganza

Make plans to join us and participate in the live field day. The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time.

Oxford Geography Lecture on Citizenship (Prof Anna Lora-Wainwright) - Virtual Open Days 2020

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit CEU has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit if approved will be provided at the end of the live field day.

Established inIowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. You are here Home.Posted by Jeffrey A Brez on July 11, Read Introductory Blog for Workshop On the morning of the opening day of the workshop the group of around 25 workshop participants gathered in the conference room of a Curitiba hotel.

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Much of it concentrated on the background on conservation agriculture CAand challenges that African countries are facing in its adoption. Herbert Bartz at lefta pioneer conservation agriculture adopter in Brazil in the early 's and now President of the Brazilian CA Federationtold the group how he borrowed money to visit an American farmer in Kentucky to learn about CA, and imported the first no-till planter into Brazil.

In his presentation, Dr. Abednego Kiwia, a soil health programme coordinator of AGRA, stated that a major challenge for smallholder agriculture in Africa today is poor soil fertility and consequent low productivity levels. The presentations of seven AGRA-projects participating in the workshop further identified problems for African agriculture, including high levels of food insecurity, low farm income, unsustainable use of inorganic fertilizer, and limited or no market access for both inputs and outputs.

Nevertheless, several African participants highlighted positive outcomes from initial CA experiences, including increased yields and improved food security and household income. Researcher Dr. Marc Corbeels from CIRAD provided an analysis of yield trends in controlled rainfed CA experiments see his ppt belowhighlighting that while long term yield increases are observed, in the short term yields decrease on average, indicating a major hurdle for adoption of CA by poor smallholders.

In addition, he said, CA brings trade-offs, including competing uses for crop residues that can lead to excessive removal of ground cover, difficulties in keeping grazing cattle off of the field after harvest, and shifting in labor patterns less labour is needed for tilling, but more labour input is required for weeding.

Also, he noted that due to poor functioning of markets farmers have limited access to necessary inputs, including herbicides and no-till equipment. Finally, he stressed that CA is knowledge-intensive and must necessarily be tailored to a large diversity of farmers and agro-ecological conditions.Please purchase a subscription to read our premium content. If you have a subscription, please log in or sign up for an account on our website to continue.

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The account number and zip code are easily available on your most recent issue of the High Plains Journal or Midwest Ag Journal in the address fields as is shown here. Sometimes the account number has extra zero's in front of it, just ignore those. Participants will dig into soil health with Marshall McDaniel, assistant professor in soil-plant interactions at Iowa State University, with video footage from the field and live interaction during the event.

The term soil health has recently become popular due, in large part, to the increased awareness of the importance of soil biology. However, current biological soil health tests are expensive, highly variable and difficult to interpret. McDaniel studies the relationship between soils and plants and how this relationship is affected by management and the environment. We want to highlight some good do-it-yourself soil health tests that farmers and landowners can implement relatively inexpensively.

Make plans to join and participate in the live field day. Shortly before 1 p. CDT on June 18, click here or visit www. The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website so that it can be watched at any time. The archive is available online. A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar.

Information about how to apply to receive the credit if approved will be provided at the end of the live field day.

day 2: conservation agriculture south-south “virtual” field

Log In. Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice.The series is designed to efficiently provide actionable agronomic information which can help independent and retail agronomists and crop consultants build their business through recommending and implementing cover crops.

And they can join these lunchtime webinars from the convenience of their truck, office or living room. Learn more about this virtual field days, here.

In this three-part series, join Rob Faux to learn about the different ways he integrates cover crops throughout his vegetable and poultry farm. From spring-seeded and fall-seeded cover crops to interseeded, quick-turnaround covers in the summer and fallow beds for running poultry, Rob has tried almost everything and will show a good mix and single-species stand!

Register for this virtual field day, here. Starting a pasture rotational system can be challenging. In this three-part series, you will meet three farmers who have spent their beginning farming years creating processes to make a regenerative pasture system work for their farms. With the help of a movable chicken coop and temporary fencing, she is able to rotate her laying hens across the pasture. Susan will lead a virtual tour of her chicken coop set-up and share tips for raising poultry rotationally on pasture.

Field Days

Rivers and streams reflect the activity of the watershed that drains into them. This is especially true in urban areas, where these waterbodies are tasked with not only providing habitat and recreation, but also capturing and transporting stormwater away from homes and businesses in areas dominated by impervious surfaces that continue to increase. With management of the vegetation and understanding of the watershed to reduce pollutant transport, the health and beauty of these areas can be vastly enhanced and can improve the quality of life for the surrounding community.

In this three-part series, landowners Jeff and Nancy Pudenz will share their vision for their land and discuss the work they are doing on their property to restore rare and declining habitats, including fens, oxbows, beaver habitat, oak savanna and more.In case you missed it, here are links to all of the great content from that day.

Our conservation breeding program is coordinated with national and global partners to ensure the best possible future for lemurs in human care, and in the wild. A perfect gift for a lemur-loving friend, or your lemur-loving self!


Madagascar boasts some of the most breathtaking, iconic, and challenging landscapes on Earth, teeming with wildlife and possibility. Lydia Greene shares her experience searching for sifakas and their feces in her quest to understand the lemur gut microbiome.

These lemurs voluntarily came into their indoor habitats to engage with this enrichment — they have access to their outdoor habitat areas as well! Who knows — you could see an item you donated in a future video!

Giant lemurs, birds, and hippos once roamed Madagascar and now their fossils are at the Duke Lemur Center! Meet the monsters with paleontologist Dr. The eulemurs wanted to join the Earth Day fun!

In this video, we feature crowned lemurs Aria and Anhotep, and mongoose lemurs Maddie and Duggan, as they work on some foraging mats. Did you know that these two lemur species were classified together as just one species only 40 years ago? Our final expert in our Earth Day series is Dr. The DLC has been working in conservation on the ground in Madagascar for almost 30 years, and all DLC conservation initiatives are funded exclusively by grants and donations.

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If you would like to learn more about, or donate to support, our conservation efforts, please visit our Madagascar Conservation Programs homepage.

Matt Borths! Coronavirus Response FAQ. StayAway5K Results. Search Our Site. Previous Next. News Blog Events. Donate Volunteer Internships. Employment Opportunities Events Lemurpalooza.Scaling of CSA is needed to achieve agricultural transformation in a climate change context.

Successful cases of south-south collaboration have demonstrated its importance to promote and facilitate action at different scales. Dialogue between peers of different countries and regions to share common challenges have the potential to unlock and enable collective action for tackling climate change in the agricultural sector. We want to encourage researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge and capacities on soil and biomass carbon sequestration options, which might be useful in other contexts, countries and regions.

With these topics, we aim to cover options that promote synergies between adaptation and mitigation. We will support south-south exchanges on innovative soil and biomass carbon sequestration options in agriculture with potential to scale. Five initiatives were selected to pitch their ideas in this side-event and one will be awarded to fund a south-south exchange.

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South-South collaboration: Key mechanism for building capacity and scaling low-emissions technologies and practices Day 3 — 10th Oct — Frangipani room. Brief Description Scaling of CSA is needed to achieve agricultural transformation in a climate change context. Session Objectives To facilitate dialogue between researchers and practitioners on knowledge and capacities on soil carbon and carbon sequestration.

day 2: conservation agriculture south-south “virtual” field

To incentivize further collaboration through south-south exchange leading to wider adoption of low emissions agricultural options. Short Agenda. Day 2 9 Oct.

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Presentation of five pitches selected. Voting session from the audience. Announcement of the winner for south-south collaboration. Organizing Partners. Perennial grain crops in the rotation for enhancing soil carbon sequestration and sustaining crop production.

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