Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association to Host Open House and Field Day

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Iowa – Farmers and agricultural businesses in Southeast Iowa are invited to join the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on September 8 at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm for an open house and ribbon cutting for their new research and Learning Center building and to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Southeast Research Farme anniversary. The event will kick off at noon with a free lunch, which will include burgers grilled by the Washington County Cattlemen.

After lunch, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Center for Research and Learning building with remarks from special guests from Iowa State University, including President Wendy Wintersteen; John Lawrence, vice president for outreach and outreach; Dan Robison, Dean’s Chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Kendall Lamkey, director of the agronomy department; and Steve Harris, chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology.

There will also be a presentation on the 35-year history of the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association and the Southeast Research Farm by Tim Goode, Director of Iowa State Research Farms, and an update from the farm provided by Cody Schneider, Southeast and Muscatine Island Research Farms. Superintendent.

The day will end with networking, informal discussions, plot visits and dessert.

The association was founded in 1983 by local farmers in a 21-county region to collaborate with the State of Iowa on locally relevant research for southeast Iowa. An elected board of directors manages the association, with Iowa State staff coordinating research and on-farm demonstrations.

Anyone can be a member of the association. Membership fees are $25 for five years. Members receive notices of meetings and events and contribute to the continued support of agricultural research in southeast Iowa.

While there is no cost, for those planning to attend, RSVP by September 6 to help head count for food either by going to https://go.iastate.edu/RWZOHU or by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Johnson County office at 319-337-2145.

The Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 3115 Louisa-Washington Road, Crawfordsville, Iowa. To reach the farm, follow US Highway 218 one and three-quarters mile south of Crawfordsville, then two miles east on County Road G-62, then three-quarters of a mile north. Signs will be posted near the farm.

Project sponsors included the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, the Committee for Agricultural Development, local extension boards and others. If you are interested in contributing to the new Center for Research and Learning, contact Ryan Drollette, Agricultural Management Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach and Treasurer of the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association, at 319-337-2145 or [email protected] . For more information, contact Schneider at [email protected]

Shareable photo: Research and Learning Center building at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm.

Lana T. Arthur