Perennial vegetation workshop to be held Feb. 1 in Washington County

Prairie strips can be integrated into row crop fields and offer numerous benefits to farmers and landowners.

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally Regenerative Enterprises, also known as C-CHANGE, will host a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 regarding the opportunities and challenges of incorporating perennial vegetation on farms.

Farmers and landowners are welcome to attend the free event, which includes a complimentary meal, held in the Jim and Evelyn Eash Banquet Room on the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Iowa Learning Farms is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Native perennials can generate profit as material for livestock feed and bedding, as well as anaerobic digestion. Targeted plantings on marginal land can also increase overall farm profitability, while providing numerous benefits for wildlife and pollinators, as well as improving soil and water quality. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn more on these opportunities, ask questions and share their experiences.

The discussion will be facilitated by Liz Ripley, Iowa Learning Farms conservation and cover crop outreach specialist; Matt Woods, Iowa State University department of agronomy agricultural specialist; and Omar de Kok-Mercado, Iowa State University STRIPS project coordinator and communications lead.

The workshop will be held in the Jim and Evelyn Eash Banquet Room in the lower level of Dallmeyer Hall on the fairgrounds, 611 Highway 1 South, Washington, Iowa.

The event is open to farmers and landowners, though reservations are required to ensure adequate space and food. For reasonable accommodations and to RSVP, contact Liz Ripley at 515-294-5429 or Attendees will be entered in a drawing that evening for Iowa State University Prairie Strips honey.

Iowa Learning Farms field days and workshops are supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and this project is supported by USDA NIFA award 2020-68012-31824. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit