2019 Field Day Tour

All are welcome at the 2019 PLC Field Day to be held Thursday, August 8th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Area farmers and landowners are especially invited to join conference participants and share knowledge and experience on-site regarding ways to manage productive lands with soil health and water quality in mind.

It is possible to register for the field day tour only, at no cost.

The tour will be held at Wallace and Bowers Nature Area on the North Shore of Big Spirit Lake. 

This 160-acre farm was purchased a year ago by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) because of its potential to improve and protect water quality for Big Spirit Lake. Changes in ag land management and land use have begun, in cooperation with the long-time tenant family. NRCS and Iowa Lakeside Laboratories are major project partners.


9:00 AM — gather at Kulp Park
Corner of 258th Avenue and 105th Street in the Shore Acres neighborhood
(near 25801 105th St., Spirit Lake, IA).
Parking available at Kulp Park and along 258th Avenue.

Background on the site and project will be provided by:
Anita O’Gara, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Jake Johnson, tenant

Rotating sessions offered:

  • Planning for more conservation on the land: John Wills, Clean Water Alliance


  • Cover crops, tillage reduction and soil health practices: Matt Welsh, NRCS and Jake Johnson, tenant. Includes information about cost-share programs that support conservation farming practices.


  • Why and how to establish prairie buffers, restore wetlands and other natural areas: Emily Martin and Anita O’Gara, INHF

11:00 — travel to Mini-Wakan State Park for lunch, with grilling provided by the Cattlemen’s Association

11:15 – 12:00 Lunch and continued opportunity to ask questions of the hosts

It’s our hope that farmers, conservation leaders, neighbors and those who love the Lakes will come together at this tour! Come to listen and share your experiences with conservation