Tallgrass Prairie Center

2017 Roadside Conference

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2017 Roadside Conference

Register here for the Annual Roadside Conference

A flyer for the roadside conference can be downloaded here.

The 2017 roadside conference will be hosted by Hardin County and held September 27-29, 2017 at the Best Western Regency Inn in Marshalltown, Iowa. The conference room rate will be $75/night and rooms can be reserved under the "Annual Roadside Conference" at that rate by calling 641-752-6321 through September 5th. If you have any questions, please contact Kristine Nemec at kristine.nemec@uni.edu. The conference agenda is below:

All events are at the Best Western unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday, September 27th             

11:00AM-3:00PM     Association for Integrated Roadside Management Iowa Open 3 Club Best Ball Golf Tourney, American Legion golf course

5:00-6PM                  AFIRM Fall Business Meeting

6PM                          Dinner on your own


Thursday, September 28th

8:30AM                     Registration

9:50-10:00AM           Welcome and Introductions

10:00AM                   Morning Keynote Speech – Plants and Climate Change, Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS

10:45-11:00AM         Break and Exhibits

11:00-11:45AM         Nutrient Reduction Capacity of Roadside Ditches – Keith Schilling, U. of Iowa

11:45-12:45PM         Lunch

12:45-1PM               Board buses to demonstration area at Sand Creek Recreation Area near Marshalltown

1-4:30PM                 Equipment demonstrations: forestry heads, remote mowers, GPS systems, drones, and others

                                - May include trip to Grimes Farm and Conservation Center near Marshalltown

4:30PM                    Board buses to return to Best Western

5:00-6:00PM            Social Hour

6:00-7:00PM            Evening Banquet and Awards Ceremony

7:00-10:00PM          Evening Entertainment – games in ballroom (bring your favorite games - card games, bean bag toss, Wii bowling, etc.)


Friday, September 29th

7:00AM                    Breakfast

8:00-8:20AM            Living Roadway Trust Fund updates, Troy Siefert, Iowa DOT

8:20-8:40AM            IRVM updates, Kristine Nemec, UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center

8:40-9:20AM            The Pillars of High Quality Habitat Management: Best Management Practices, Pete Berthelsen, The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund

9:20-10:00AM          Retrospective Studies of Prairie Success – Andrew Kaul* and Brian Wilsey, Iowa State University

10-10:20AM             Break and Exhibits

10:20-10:55 AM       Panel of Organic Farmers

10:55- 11:30AM       Use of Drones for Roadside Vegetation – Steve Zeets, Terraplane

11:30AM                  Lunch and AFIRM-sponsored drawing for door prizes