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Field day at Land Improvement Contractors Association farm

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Farmers and landowners can learn how edge-of-field practices are installed at an upcoming field day on the LICA farm. (photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

The Iowa Chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA), in partnership with the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA), Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Pork, will host an edge-of-field practice field day on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the LICA Farm, near Melbourne. The event is free and open to the whole family, and includes a complimentary meal. 

Edge-of-field practices such as wetlands, saturated buffers and bioreactors are key to reducing nitrate loss from agricultural land in Iowa. Through a natural biological process microorganisms living in the systems use the incoming nitrate for respiration and reduce the nitrate levels from incoming tile drainage. Together with in-field practices like cover crops and no-till, these practices will help reach the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals.

The field day will begin with a welcome from Jim Jordahl with IAWA who will discuss strategies for scaling up edge-of-field conservation drainage practices. Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney will share updates from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and discuss the importance of edge-of-field practices in meeting Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals. The program will continue with remarks from Aaron Lyle with LICA highlighting the different practices demonstrated at the farm. Following the meal sponsored by Iowa Pork, Iowa Corn, and IAWA, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Conservation Station On The Edge and tour the various practices installed at the LICA Farm. 

The field day will held at the LICA Farm, located at 1741 290th St, Melbourne. The field day is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. To RSVP please contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or

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