Prairie Rivers of Iowa, along with its partners and sponsors, is excited to host a field day this June in Story County. The event is free and open to the public, with complementary meal provided.

The field day will take place Tuesday, June 27, from 4-7 p.m. at Key Cooperative, 22703 600th Ave., Nevada. This event, co-sponsored by Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Key Cooperative, Story County Conservation, and the Story County Soil and Water District, will emphasize buffer strips and strip-till conservation practices.

Presentations will cover water quality protection efforts in Iowa, strip-till equipment and adoption, and buffer strip installation for water quality improvement. Speakers at the event include: Kayla Hasper; Key Cooperative agronomist Chris McIlrath; Kelly Eels, sales manager and leader on Sustain Team; Mike Cox, director of Story County Conservation and Dana Holland, district conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDANRCS).

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Kayla Hasper at 515-232-0048 or

“We are excited to partner with these farmers and organizations to put on these two great events,” said Hasper. “Whether you are familiar with agriculture and/or conservation or not, these events will be a great opportunity to learn more about these efforts, see the practices first-hand, and ask questions to see how these practices promote soil health and conservation.”

The event will be held rain or shine, so participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes. Sunscreen is also recommended.