NACD’S SUMMER MEETING IS APPROACHING… Which CDI tour are you attending this July?
NACD and the Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) will be jointly hosting the 2017 Conservation Forum and Tour from July 15 to 18 at the Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. You can visit NACD’s website to register, read through the tentative meeting agenda, and reserve your hotel room at NACD’s special discounted rate of $107 per night. On Tuesday – the last day of the meeting – attendees will have the choice of going on one of two all-day conservation tours. Which one will you be on?
The Water Quality Tour will start with a visit to the third-fastest-growing city in the U.S. – Ankeny, Iowa – where Polk County SWCD will introduce tour goers to different urban conservation water quality practices in residential and city park settings.
The next stop is Iowa’s Land Improvement Contractors Farm in Melbourne, where attendees will learn about Iowa’s extensive water quality monitoring efforts, including the Iowa Soybean Association’s most extensive tile monitoring program in the nation and Conservation Districts of Iowa’s retaiN program. Lunch, courtesy of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, will follow.
After fueling up, the tour bus will drive through Iowa State University’s 1,900-acre campus in Ames, and make a stop at the Alluvial Brewing Company, the fourth-best college town brewery in the country.
On the Soil Health Tour, attendees will start their trip with a visit to the Badger Creek Watershed Lake Project in Madison County. In addition to learning about “prairie STRIPS,” a practice unique to Iowa that integrates restored prairie into crop fields, tour goers will hear how Iowa is fighting Palmer Amaranth and how the home district of NACD First Vice President Tim Palmer is leveraging federal funds for conservation with state funding.
Tourees will then head to Keller Brick Barn in Dallas County – the fifth-fastest-growing county in the nation – for lunch courtesy of the Iowa Cattleman’s Association and a presentation from the Dallas County SWCD. Two more field stops, hosted by the Polk County SWCD and the Bruce Carney family, will demonstrate the importance of soil health in suburban and rural settings.