Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Get cost-share support to plant cover crops!
Farmers thinking of planting cover crops this fall can access cost-share funds from one of seven private cost-share programs in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska thanks to cost-share initiatives Practical Farmers of Iowa has launched over the past seven years with supply chain partners.

Cost-share programs are available for both corn and soybeans. There's no deadline to enroll, and you are eligible to sign up even if you are separately enrolled in a public cost-share program.

PFI is looking to work with 1,000 farmers in 2021, and space is available in all programs.

Click here to access an interactive map that includes links to more details and easy enrollment forms for each program.
Marit joins PFI as a part-time communications assistant. Her work focuses on social media, email newsletters and website updates. Marit grew up on a small farm outside of Norwalk, Iowa, which is where her love for farming began.

She is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in global resource systems and environmental studies, with minors in French and women and gender studies.

The latest "Live From the Farm" recordings are available
Presented in four sessions over four weeks, this series included virtual tours, demonstrations and presentations from researchers and farmers in Iowa and Wisconsin. Learn what they do (and don’t do anymore!), how they do it and how they are increasing their implementation of reduced-tillage practices at their vegetable farms.
Check out the recordings from this event to hear from landowners, farmers and conservation professionals about successful strategies for implementing conservation and stewardship practices on rented farmland, and hear why responsible landownership is so important to building a better agriculture in Iowa and across the Midwest.
Thursday, Sept. 16 | 8 a.m. - Noon

Have you ever wondered how to turn your CRP or other prairie plantings into even more prairie? During this workshop, learn how farmers and landowners can collect native seed for use elsewhere on the farm.

Get hands-on experience collecting seed at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, and hear about best practices for native seed collection, preparation and storage.

You'll also learn about additional opportunities for habitat restoration and management on privately owned lands.
Join Practical Farmers of Iowa for free outdoor screenings and panel discussions of “Livestock on the Land,” our feature-length documentary that tells the story of regenerative grazing and its promise for the Iowa landscape.

Following the film, the audience can ask questions and hear from a panel of farmers featured in the film.
Screening dates and locations:
Sept. 4 – Charles City – Jóia Food Farm (2038 March Ave.)

Sept. 11 – Clarinda – Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum (300 N 16th St.)

Sept. 16 – Madrid – Ledges State Park Campground Amphitheater (1515 P Ave.)

Sept. 25 – Des Moines – Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park (2251 George Flagg Parkway)
RSVPs are required for all "Catching Up" events to ensure we maintain the small, conversational environment these events are designed for.

Anyone is welcome to RSVP for a "Catching Up" event! To learn more about a specific event or to RSVP, email the PFI staffer indicated, or call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.
Wednesday, Sept. 1 | 10 a.m. – Noon
Host: Daniel Rosmann & David Rosmann | Shelby County

Wednesday, Sept. 8 | 2-4 p.m.
Host: Kathy Dice & Tom Wahl, Red Fern Farm | Louisa County
Saturday, Aug. 28 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Udell, IA
Hosted by: John Burger
Sept. 7: Live From the Farm - Designing Diversity
10-10:45 a.m. | Online
Members in the News
Lee Tesdell of Slater, IA, was featured on Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network: Drones seed cover crops on Central Iowa farm

Beth Hoffman of Lovilla, IA, wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Des Moines Register: Opinion: USDA's loan relief program does not pit farmers against one another

Denise O'Brien of Atlantic, IA, was featured on Rodale Institute's blog: Rodale Institute Announces 2021 Organic Pioneer Award Recipients

Bode's Moonlight Gardens, operated by Joanne Roepke Bode and Beany Bode of Algona, IA, and Black's Heritage Farm, operated by Duane Black of Ames, IA, were mentioned in Iowa Ag Connection: Des Moines Duo Raises Winning Giant Pumpkin at State Fair
Have you been featured in the media? Tell us when and where to find a link to the article, and we'll feature you in a future issue of Practical News.