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Field days set to promote prairies

CEDAR FALLS – The UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project and ISU STRIPS will demonstrate the practical use of prairie on working farms for water quality improvement and pollinator habitat at two upcoming field days.

The Sept. 20 field day will feature the installation of an in-field prairie strip in a state identified watershed at Renewable Farm, located at 1527 S. Union Road. Participants will learn proper prairie establishment and management techniques for conservation practices utilizing native vegetation, along with information about the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project. This field day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and includes a complimentary lunch with registration.

The Sept. 21 field day will highlight prairie strip installation along with a saturated buffer at J.H. Roadman Memorial Park near Dike. Proper seed mix design, establishment techniques and maintenance practices will be discussed. Researchers from Iowa State STRIPS and saturated buffer teams will also be on hand to discuss project results along with water quality benefits provided by these conservation practices. This field day is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and includes a complimentary meal with registration.

Field days are free and open to the public. Producers, landowners, farm managers, technical service providers, conservation agencies and professionals, and those interested in learning more about the benefits of prairie on working farms are highly encouraged to attend.

Participants planning to attend can register by contacting Ashley Kittle at 273-3828 or ashley.kittle@uni.edu by Sept. 12.

Part of the Prairie on Farms project, the field days are supported by a Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture research grant and these partnering agencies: Black Hawk SWCD, Cedar River Watershed Coalition, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), People’s Co., Practical Farmers of Iowa, Hertz Farm Management, Iowa State University, Monarch Joint Venture, Xerces Society, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Luze Farm Corp.

Colwell Ford

hosts fundraiser

HUDSON — Bill Colwell Ford will host its ninth annual Drive 4 UR School event from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the dealership in Hudson.

The program started in 2007 and helps schools raise money to support their sports and extracurricular activities. Ford and Ford dealerships partner with a local high school to conduct a test-drive fundraising event. For every valid test-drive completed, Ford Motor Co. will donate $20 to the participating high school, up to $6,000.

Since 2009, Colwell Ford has been able to raise more than $51,000 for the Hudson Athletic Boosters.

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