Have you checked out On-Farm?
"On-Farm: Conversations with Practical Farmers" is a  new podcast from Practical Farmers  of Iowa. Each week, we'll interview a different PFI member about his or her farm. We'll hear from all kinds of farmers: new and experienced; young and old; small 
and large; horticulture, livestock and row crop farmers. And we'll talk with farmers about the issues most relevant to farmers: the nitty-gritty of growing and raising crops and animals; on-farm research; protecting and improving soil and water quality; farm profitability; the challenges facing beginning farmers; building community in rural areas; and of course, food.

Beginning farmer,  T.D. Holub of Garden Oasis Farm was our guest last week on "On-Farm." We talk to T.D. about his upcoming field day on June 9, "Tractors and Tools with T.D.," focusing on some of the machinery he uses for vegetable production. 

We also talk about whole food and health, selling "weird" vegetables and coming back to the family farm. 

 
You can listen or subscribe to the show on  iTunes  or   Stitcher  
or listen on our  Podcasts page .
Labor4Learning Positions Still Available
Are you an aspiring farmer looking for paid, on-farm experience this year? We have a handful of quality on-farm jobs available through our Labor4Learning program, apply today!
Opportunities
May 23 
12:00 pm
Learn more about the USDA loan, grant, cost-share, conservation, and insurance programs that are available to sustainable farmers. NSAC's Ferd Hoefner will discuss the many programs offered by the USDA that help farmers succeed. 
>> Register
 
June 9
2:00 pm 
Learn innovative approaches that can make your CSA program a better experience for your customers and more profitable for you. Come hear how CSAs are adding new services and amenities to better accommodate customer desires for broader product selection, extended product availability, and flexible subscription/payment terms. USDA's Debra Tropp and Timothy Woods from the University of Kentucky will be presenting. >> Register
Field Day Season is Here
Are you ready for this summer's field day guide? We are putting the final touches on the guide before it's ready to hit your mailbox. Stay tuned!

Find the current field days listed
on our events page

If you are not a member and want to receive a copy send your mailing address to debra@practicalfarmers.org
ResourcesResources
This guide is designed to help you understand production contracts - and to help identify the questions you should consider as you decide whether contracting is right for you. At the end of this guide you will find a list of other sources of information about contracting, including the USDA website, which may help you decide whether contracting makes sense for you and your business.
 
Pasture and Grazing Arrangements for Beef Cattle,  a two-page fact sheet from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, outlines considerations for both landowners and renters when negotiating yearly or long-term grazing-land leases. It provides an overview of four common types of arrangements, along with suggestions on how to structure agreements for the benefit of both parties.
 
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has published an online  Introduction to High Tunnels  (HORT 3070) course for producers interested in high tunnel production. The course includes five modules designed to assist producers with the decision of whether or not to construct a high tunnel on a farm.
In This Issue
Upcoming  PFI  Events
Tuesday, May 30
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Sioux Center, IA 
Host: Matt Schuiteman

Thu, June 8
5:30 - 7:30pm
Holland, IA
Host: Fred Abels

Fri, June 9, 
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Coggon, IA
Host: T.D. Holub

Field Days: Grafting, summer pruning, and new fruits at Berry Patch
Wed, June 14, 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nevada, IA 
Host: Dean Henry

Field Days: In-Field and Edge-of-Field Conservation
Thu, June 15, 
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Where Red Oak, IA 
Host
: Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman

Are you a beginning farmer looking for farmland to start or expand your operation? Are you a landowner interested in selling or leasing your land to someone who shares your vision for the future?
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