February 12-13, 2019

Conservation College

1:30 – 2:30 PM | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Conference Room D 1 CEU


Pre-registration – $25*
On-site Registration – $50*

×On-site Prices Apply

The Conservation College presented by the Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council (INREC) at the 2019 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference will provide an in-depth overview of practices included in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The goal of the Conservation College is to better equip ag retailers and crop advisers with information about in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices to increase their familiarity and knowledge level about these practices so that they can be an information resource for their farmer customers. The Conservation College will be offered at no additional charge as a 1-hour session on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, and provide 1 CEU for CCAs.


Jamie Benning, ISU
Matt Helmers, ISU
Mark Licht, ISU

Meeting the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Goals: Scaling up Practice Adoption (1.0 SW)

Jamie Benning, Extension water quality program manager, Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Matt Helmers, professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University; Mark Licht, assistant professor, Agronomy, Iowa State University. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will respond to questions about water quality in Iowa on their smartphones. Responses will be instantly and anonymously displayed for all participants to review. The presenters will lead discussions on each question and as a result, participants will: identify the primary sources of nitrate-N and phosphorus (P) in Iowa surface water bodies, compare effective nitrate-N and P loss practices, evaluate the costs, benefits and barriers to adoption of the practices, and determine strategies for scaling up practice adoption to meet the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals.

*Admission to the Conservation College session is included in the purchase of a Floor Admission ticket, Ag Industry & Crop Management Conference, or the ISA Seed Forum.