Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Online learning opportunities with PFI!
Was there a session you missed at the annual conference this year? No worries, you can check out the presentations on our website . Many of the presentation slides are available to download. Our communications tea m is working hard to edit and upload the sessions we captured on video.

Check our conference YouTube playlist to see what has been released so far and subscribe to our channel to never miss a PFI video upload.

Another way to learn from the comfort of your computer is with our Farminars. These free online events run weekly on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. CST through March 17. Each focuses on a unique production or business management topic, and is led by a farmer or subject-matter expert. Head to our farminar archive to watch previously uploaded farminars or tune in to one of our four remaining winter farminars listed below:

Feb. 25 – A Quicker Return! Switching from Cows to Pigs

March 3 – Livestock and Cover Crops as a Solution to a Changing Climate

March 10 – Trusts: Keep the Family a Family and the Farm the Farm

March 17 – Pork Marketing: Relationships and Regenerative Agriculture
Meet-ups are a time for farmers to discuss the upcoming season, challenges, opportunities and ideas, and to network with other farmers over a cup of coffee and some breakfast. These events are free and open to all fruit, vegetable and flower growers. You don’t have to be a PFI member to attend.

All meet-ups are 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 25  – Solon
Salt Fork Kitchen
Bonus: Flower meet-up
Feb. 27  – Ames
PFI office
PFI Membership
PFI Members: We still need to hear from you!
PFI staff have been reaching out to our members this week who have yet to respond to our 2020 member survey. If you are a current member, and have not been contacted to take the survey, please email  steve@practicalfarmers.org .

This information helps to keep us member-led, so please lend your voice.  We only collect this information every three years. We appreciate your time and your input!
Check out these resources for beginning farmers
We have recently updated our collection of business, financial, production and technical assistance resources to help aspiring and beginning farmers further their business goals. You can access them by clicking on the icons below.

We will continue to build this list and add new resources as they are available. If you see any resources missing that you find helpful, please share them with us. You can send them to Greg Padget at greg@practicalfarmers.org .
They are trained to guide beginning farmers through the process of finding property and securing land tenure. Navigators provide individualized assistance to farmers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Their assistance is offered at no charge through the Farmland Access Hub. Click here to learn more about connecting to a Farmland Access Navigator.

The 2020 edition of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is a collaboration of land-grant universities from eight states. It provides vegetable production information that is valid in the participating states for the current year. This includes fertility, variety, cultural, and pest management recommendations.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer two, two-hour workshops March 21 and April 4 for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel and oyster mushrooms within Iowa. Certification lasts for three years. Registration is also open to out-of-state individuals who hunt and sell these products in Iowa.

Linn County is seeking proposals from experienced farmers and/or organizations to develop, manage, and conduct agricultural operations as part of the Dows Farm Agri-Community. This is part of Phase 2 of the Dows Farm Agri-Community planning. The deadline to submit proposals is 5:00 p.m. Central Time, March 18, 2020.
Upcoming PFI Events
Feb. 21:  Meet-Up -  Oat Growers
9 - 11 a.m. | Latimer

Feb. 21:  Meet-Up -  Oat Growers
3 - 5 p.m. | Hayward, MN

Feb. 25:   Meet-Up -  Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Solon

Feb. 25:   Meet-Up -  Flower Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Solon

Feb. 25:   Farminar -  From Cows to Pigs
7 p.m. | Online
Feb. 27:   Meet-Up -   Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Ames

Mar. 3:   Farminar -   Livestock and Cover Crops
7 p.m. | Online

Mar. 4-5:   Conference -  Small Grains
Springfield, IL

Mar. 10:   Farminar -  Farm Trusts
7 p.m. | Online

Mar 17: Farminar- Pork Marketing
7 p.m. | Online
Labor4Learning 
Labor4Learning helps beginning farmers get paid on-the-job training with experienced farmers, and pays experienced farmers for their time and effort.

Savings Incentive Program
Savings Incentive Program is a 2-year program that pairs beginning and aspiring farmers with experienced farmer mentors; provides targeted learning and peer networking opportunities; offers business planning support and guidance. All this while you save money that we match dollar for dollar, up to $2,400, to use toward the purchase of a farm asset.

Find A Farmer
Find A Farmer allows for a comfortable place to start anonymous conversations with land-seekers or landowners. Search for users in a particular area that fit your specifications and begin the discussion.

Find A Farmer is FREE and available for anyone with internet access! No membership is required.
 
Looking for more?
Greg Padget
Next Generation Director
(515) 232-5661