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POSTPONED: Agricultural Conservation Tour

 **This event is postponed until Fall. Check back for details.**

Agricultural Conservation Tour Scheduled for June 15

Conservation Methods in Action: Black Hawk & Benton County Ag Tour

LA PORTE CITY, IowaSilos & Smokestacks is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Benton SWCD to organize a tour of conservation activities in southern Black Hawk and northern Benton Counties on June 15th from 2:30 to 8:00 pm.

The tour will feature several innovative conservation practices that improve soil health, reduce nutrient loss and decrease soil erosion. Sites on the tour will feature cover crops, bioreactors, prairie strips, a wetland, Jubliee Orchard and pollinator/monarch habitat. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with farmers who raise  food and keep drinking water clean.

Many of these sites are in the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project and Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project watersheds.The goals of these projects align with those of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy that calls for a 45 percent  reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus to Iowa’s waterways.

The tour will leave from the north parking lot of Union High School, 200 Adams Rd, La Porte City, at 3 p.m. and will return at 8 p.m. The cost for this event is $10 and includes a tour of six agricultural locations, transportation and a light supper. To register call (319) 234-4567.

Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area tells the story of farm life and agribusiness—past and present. Visitors can learn about and experience agriculture at a variety of museums, historic sites, and farms. One of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. For more information, visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

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