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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Iowa Focus: Sustainable Agriculture Events

    From the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture:


    July 28 Sustainable Land Ownership Conference, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Drake University's Olmsted Center, Des Moines. Drake Agricultural Law Center and U.S. Farm Lease host this conference, "This Land is Your Land," focusing on providing absentee and non-operating landowners information to better understand what they must do to enhance and protect their land, their investment and their legacy. Sessions will cover land use and soil loss concerns, sustainable farm leasing, equitable lease arrangements, tax changes and considerations for farmland and land ownership responsibility. Registration fee is $40 per person or $75 per couple, which covers attendance, conference materials and lunch. For the schedule and to register online, visit www.farmlandconference.com. Contact: (515) 232-4002 or (888) 232-4002.

    Aug. 4 ISU-PFI Field Day: The Buzz About Best Pollinator Practices, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Boone. This will be a day-long workshop exploring practices and techniques for enhancing ecosystem services derived from insects. Speakers will include Matthew O’Neal, Lisa Schulte, Mary Harris, Kelly Seman, Meghann Jarchow and Sarah Carlson. Register by July 15 at www.aep.iastate.edu/ent. Read the press release. Contact: PFI at 515-232-5661 or Kelly Seman at (515)-708-6108, kaseman@iastate.edu.

    Aug. 9 Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Tour, 5 p.m., Howard County. Northeast Iowa residents have the opportunity to experience "food and fitness" in their own communities this summer. Free public tours hosted by Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative offer a chance to learn about local food systems and farm-to-school programs. This event starts at the Regional Health garden at 8th Avenue West in Crescol. Transportation via bus and a meal will be provided. Participants will tour the Winneshiek Medical Center garden and David Cavagnaro's gardens. Register by phone or online at www.iowafoodandfitness.org/site/contact.html. Contact: ISU Extension office, (563) 547-3001.

    Aug. 27 PFI Field Day: Dairy Farming Without Fossil Fuels, 1-4 p.m., Fairfield. The field day will feature a wagon tour of the farm’s 60-day paddock grazing system and a walk through the on-farm dairy processing facilities. Emphasis of the field day will be on the energy systems in place and planned for the farm as well as a general discussion of potential systems to make Iowa farms energy self-sufficient. Gregg Heide, an expert on wind energy, will help lead this discussion. Contact: PFI at 515-232-5661 or Frances and Susan Thicke at 641-919-8554

    Sept. 18 PFI Field Day: Mechanics of a Diversified Farm, 3-6 p.m., Van Horne. Eric and Ann Franzenburg manage a diversified farm, creating a resilient farm business with greater profits per acre. They employ mechanization—which they define as using the right tool in the right place at the right time. Eric and Ann will demonstrate their equipment in action. Speakers will include a Windridge Implements representative. Contact: PFI at 515-232-6551 or Eric and Ann Franzenburg at 319-640-0262, eafran@netins.net.

    Oct. 6-8 Amaranth Institute 2011 Meeting: Innovation and Development, Ames. A program of speakers, demonstrations, tours and food items related to amaranth, a herb that produces a small gluten-free seed. Learn more and register at the Amaranth Institute website. Contact: David M. Brenner, dbrenner@iastate.edu.

    Oct. 11-12 Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Economy, Engagement, Eco-Efficiencies, Dubuque. Various topics include, resource management, reasonable mobility, smart energy and community knowledge. To view the conference preview go here. More information to come!
    Oct. 12-14 2011 Borlaug Dialogue, Des Moines. This international symposium will discuss confroning the hunger challenges of the future. Learn more at the World Food Prize website.
    Oct. 20 2011 Errington Memorial Lecture, evening, Ames. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, will speak about "Fundamental Dilemmas: Feeding the World, Sustaining the Planet." Contact: (515) 294-9934, lectures@iastate.edu.

    Oct. 21 PFI Field Day: From Commercial to Organic/Energy Efficient Farm, Phase 2, 2-4 p.m., Emmetsburg. In fall 2010, Soper Farms began the process of adding an organic enterprise, called New Shoots, to their farm. Check out 160-acres used for grass-fed beef and pastured checks, visit the new facilities for cattle maintenance and poultry processing, and explore the New Shoots organic vegetable operation under construction. Rich Schuler, PFI energy consultant, will present. For more information contact PFI at 515-232-6551 or Harn Soper at harnsoper@gmail.com.

    Oct. 21 Errington Lecturer Technical Talk, 3:10 p.m., Ames. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, will give a technical talk entitled "Solutions for a Cultivated Planet: Evaluating Options for a Sustainable Global Food System." Contact (515) 294-9934, lectures@iastate.edu.

    Nov. 11-13 The 11th Annual Fall Harvest Gathering for Women in Sustainable Agriculture, Cedar Valley Resort, Whalan, MN. The weekend will feature conversations around the theme of "selling or buying land with passion," virtual farm tours, time to relax and meet new people, and storytelling by Catherine Friend, author of Hit by a Farm. The event is sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Women in Sustainable Agriculture-Minnesota, and Women in Sustainable Agriculture-Wisconsin. Contact: staceyleighbrown@yahoo.com.

    Nov. 14-15 7th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo, Paso Robles, CA. The Central Coast Vineyard Team sponsors this two-day educational meeting for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors to learn about the latest in research and business trends. Learn more at www.sustainableagexpo.org. Contact: info@sustainableagexpo.org.


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