Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Carbon Sequestration in Ecosystems

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinar on August 3 at noon CDT will feature Michael Burchell, professor and extension manager, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University. Burchell is the 2021-2022 President of the American Ecological Engineering Society and is recognized for his work improving techniques for the design and implementation of ecological engineering projects, such as constructed wetlands and water treatment. rainfall, in order to maximize ecosystem services, in particular for the improvement of water quality.

Iowa Learning Farms is a conservation and water quality education program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

In the webinar, “An Overview of Carbon Sequestration in Ecosystems,” Burchell will discuss the increased interest in the potential of different ecosystems to sequester carbon as an offset to atmospheric carbon dioxide. It will provide an overview of how carbon sequestration is accomplished in different ecosystems, the potential and limitations of each, and best management practices to maximize effectiveness.

“The potential for carbon sequestration is an important topic for many landowners, growers and conservationists seeking to reduce or mitigate the environmental impacts of carbon and CO2 or participate in carbon trading,” Burchell said. “While significant carbon sequestration is possible through ecosystems, careful management and an understanding of the mechanisms within each are important to ensure success. And there is more research to be done and questions to be answered to maximize the potential environmental benefits of these practices.

Attendees of Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all walks of life and all areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Webinar Access Instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT on August 3:

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be viewed at any time. Archived webinars are available at

A Continuing Education Unit approved by the Certified Crop Adviser Board of Directors has been requested. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information on how to apply to receive the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Upcoming webinars in the series

  • August 10: Daniel Andersen, Iowa State University.
  • August 17: Jorgen Rose, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
  • August 24: Peter O’Brien, USDA Agricultural Research Service.
  • August 31: Billy Beck, Iowa State University.

About Iowa Learning Farms

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms builds a culture of conservation by encouraging the adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members work together to identify and implement best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Iowa Learning Farms partners include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program, and GROWMARK, Inc.