The STRIPS team was recently awarded grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation to train Technical Service Providers (TSPs) and Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and other educators for certification in prairie strips design, establishment and monitoring. More certified technicians will allow more Iowa farmers and landowners to use this conservation tool. Training workshops will cover topics including field mapping, plant identification, seed mixtures, maintenance, determining costs and more.
A limited number of qualified attendees will receive a $250 stipend for the workshop, and a $1,000 bonus after successful installation of prairie strips on a client's field. Participants will create a communications piece to support their business credentials in prairie strips.
Below are dates and locations for in-depth training workshops to be held in Iowa during summer and fall 2017.
Workshops are one part of a 3-part certification program. You only need to attend one workshop. Access the workshop_list.pdf
- The Wallace Learning Center, Lewis - Wednesday, July 12th 9:30am-4:30pm
- Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, Calmar - Thursday, August 3rd 9:30am-4:30pm
- Northeast Iowa Community College, Clock Tower Business Center, Dubuque - Monday, September 11th 9:30am-4:30pm
- ISU Research and Demonstration Farm, Sutherland - Thursday, September 28th 9:30am-4:30pm
Review program_guidelines.pdf for completing the 3-part certification.
To attend a workshop, fill out the registration_form.pdf.
To submit registration, either e-mail Rachael Whitehair (firstname.lastname@example.org) or surface mail to:
R.Whitehair, Agricultural Education
Iowa State University
513 Farm House Lane, 201 Curtiss Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1054