CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa is partnering with the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa to present a five-part online course exploring how to identify native plants of the tallgrass prairie region, starting Monday, June 8, from 6-7 p.m.
The course – “Botany Beginners: Exploring Iowa’s Native Plants” – is free to attend and will take place on Zoom. To learn more or to register, visit tallgrassprairiecenter.org/botany-beginners. Details are also available at practicalfarmers.org/field-days.
The series will consist of five sequential webinar-style workshops in June and July, and is designed for anyone who wants to improve their ability to identify Iowa native plants, with a special focus on common farmland prairie plants.
Laura Jackson, director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center and a biology faculty member at UNI, will lead the course, which will emphasize the process of learning how to identify plants. The aim is for attendees to become more self-sufficient at plant identification through guided practice.
Webinars in the series will take place:
- Monday, June 8
- Thursday, June 11
- Wednesday, June 17
- Wednesday, June 24
- Wednesday, July 1
Each workshop will be held from 6-7 p.m. Some dates may be subject to change. Register for the course to get the most up-to-date information.
All webinars will be recorded and archived online so attendees can view the material at their convenience – though participants are encouraged to attend each webinar live so they can ask questions and participate in discussion.
The course will also include virtual prairie walks featuring farmers and conservation professionals discussing what they’re seeing on their farms and how they use plant identification in the real world.
The events are part of Practical Farmers’ 2020 field day season, which includes more than 60 virtual events hosted by farmers located across the state, and beyond, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum.
Practical Farmers’ 2020 field days are supported by sustaining sponsors Albert Lea Seed; Barn2Door, Inc.; Grain Millers Inc.; Iowa Sustainable Ag Research and Education; Niman Ranch; Scoular; Sunderman Farm Management Co.; Trees Forever; USDA-NRCS; and Welter Seed and Honey Company, as well as several major sponsors, including: Bio Till; Center for Rural Affairs; Conservation Districts of Iowa; Farm Power Implements; Gandy Company; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; KWS Cereals; La Crosse Seed; Man@Machine; Organic Valley – CROPP Cooperative – Organic Prairie; Pipeline Foods; and Prairie Creek Seed.
— Practical Farmers of Iowa
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