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Feb. 28. 2014
Photo of the week
Gary Guthrie
Gary Guthrie of Nevada is cutting a shepherd's pie. Gary treated the PFI staff to a meal made with  ingredients that came from his farm except for a few such as flour (that came from PFI members Jeff and Earl Hafner), salt and pepper. Thanks Gary! 


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Farminar-"Budgeting for Success: Adding a New Generation to a Row-Crop and Livestock Farm"
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Want to ensure you stay profitable on a cash grain and livestock farm? Learn when, why and how to do farm budgets from a farm that has been successful for generations - and is in the process of adding a new generation to the family farm business.


Save the Date, Annual Conference 2015

At Practical Farmers we are already planning for next year's conference! Practical Farmers' 2015 conference will take place January 22-24, 2015 at Scheman Center in Ames. 
If you have keynote or session suggestions, please contact Sally Worley at or 515-232-5661.

Become a paid trainee on a working farm

Are you a beginning or aspiring farmer looking for paid experience on a working farm -- or do you know someone who is? There's still time to
apply to become a paid trainee in Practical Farmers' Labor4Learning Program.

Applications are encouraged by today (Feb. 28), but will be accepted after this date. To learn more, click here, see the list of participating farms, job descriptions and farm needs or to apply. (Applications are made directly with the participating farms.)
Learn how cover crops can benefit wildlife at a free dinner March 4 
Hazleton--March 4, 5:30-8pm


Cover crops offer many benefits to farmers and the landscape, from building soil health and boosting yields to reducing pests and improving overall farm resiliency. But there's another significant benefit to cover crops that's not often discussed: creating seasonal wildlife habitat. 
Practical Farmers of Iowa, Buchanan County Conservation Board, B & B Farm Store and Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach will host a dinner and informational meeting on this topic on Tuesday, March 4, from 5:30-8 p.m., near Hazleton, at the Fontana Park Nature Center. 
Why grow cover crops?

Discover ways Iowa farmers are using cover crops to reduce erosion, manage nutrients, and improve soil health.
Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives - Why grow cover crops?
Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives - Why grow cover crops?

Meet the new PFI executive committee

Practical Farmers' board of directors has appointed a new roster of farmers and non-farmers to serve on the board's executive committee. Members who serve on this committee - which includes the positions of board president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer - play a key role in the organization by helping to steer the direction of Practical Farmers programming and funding.

The new committee members represent different regions of Iowa, and include: Dan Wilson (president), a farmer from Paullina; Mark Peterson (vice-president), a farmer from Stanton; Melissa Dunham (secretary), who farms near Grinnell; and Gail Hickenbottom (treasurer), a non-farmer member from West Des Moines.
2014 Holistic Management Courses 

Practical Farmers and Land Stewardship Project will hold training sessions in 2014.  

Holistic Grazing will be held March 21-22 at the Houston Community Center in Houston, Minn., taught by Ralph Tate.

Biological Monitoring will be offered in May or June, location and teacher TBA.  

Course fees begin at $120 per person, with reductions for members of the same family or farm and for registering for more than a single course.  

Click here for more information or email
Members in the news 
  • Jan Libbey of Kanawha was featured in regarding the support of local food initiatives in Northern Iowa.  
    Local foods centers on community health                                               
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