Pollinators of the Iowa Prairie

Pollinators of the Iowa Prairie: Conservation 70 Years in the Making

Carl KurtzWednesday, July 19 | 9:30 a.m.-Noon

Host: Carl Kurtz

Address: 1562 Binford Ave. | St. Anthony, IA 50239

Speaker: Ryan Schmidt – Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation


Carl Kurtz operates a 180-acre farm near St. Anthony, Iowa, where he grows corn and soybeans on 75 acres. The remaining farm Carl has transitioned to native prairie and wetland, from which he harvests seed for his prairie seed business. At this field day, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the sprawling prairie. Carl will share his knowledge of prairie seeds and establishing prairie, and he’ll discuss what landowners can do to promote insect and pollinator health and diversity.

Note: Attendees should be prepared to walk extensively through tall grass during the field day; motorized vehicles will not be available.

Bring your blankets and lunch baskets! A bring-your-own picnic among the wildflowers will follow the field day.

Sponsored by:

  • Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Prudenterra

See & Discuss:

  • Native prairie
  • Native seed production
  • Pollinators and beneficial insects
  • Wetland species and ecosystem function
  • Water quality
  • Trees for pollinators
  • The Conservation Reserve Program
  • Conservation practices
  • Wildlife
  • Equipment for harvesting and seeding prairie


Please park on Binford Avenue and walk up driveway to the yard.