Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
This week we wrapped up our final episode of "Live From the Farm"! Thank you to all of our hosts and to those who watched live or recorded episodes this summer.

NEWS
Christine will oversee day-to-day operations of the communications and marketing team, managing projects and supporting the team as it uses a variety of tools to fulfill PFI's mission.

Christine comes to Practical Farmers from UnityPoint Health, where she served as the main media relations contact for the three-state health system.

A northeast Iowa native, Christine graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2013 with degrees in public relations and political communication.

Saturday, Sept. 18 | 4-6 p.m.

Originally from Laos, Air settled in Iowa and purchased a farm in Warren County in 2010. Over the last decade, he’s built his operation from scratch, raising diversified livestock and horticulture crops on 11 acres.

A self-described “Laotian cowboy,” Air will showcase his Muscovy ducks, goats, veggie garden and livestock guardian dogs. Following the farm tour, a meal will be shared and music will be played on his newly constructed stage.
PFI was a major contributor to a recent publication, "Banking on Soil Health: Farmer Interest in Transition Loan Products," co-authored by Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy and Beck Ag.

The report details the financial and environmental benefits of soil health practices, including a financial analysis of the soil health transition conducted by Practical Farmers and Environmental Defense Fund, and provides a sample six-year transition budget based on insights from the PFI farmer network.
Running an apple orchard and pressing cider is a year-round job, but the peak of harvest season tests the mettle of even the most experienced growers.

During this “Live From the Farm” episode, we meet Paul Rasch in his main production orchard. He shows us how the farm’s harvest is coming along and explains some of his favorite harvest tools and processes.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sept. 25 | 6:30 p.m.

“Livestock on the Land” is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of regenerative grazing and its promise for the Iowa landscape.

Bring your chairs and blankets for comfortable viewing! Snacks will also be available for enjoyment during the screening.

Following the film, the audience can ask questions and hear from a panel of farmers featured in the film, including Wendy Johnson of Charles City, Iowa, and Seth Watkins of Clarinda, Iowa.
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.
Saturday, Sept. 18 | 4-6 p.m.
Host: Phrakhounmany “Air” Philavanh | Milo, IA

Wednesday, Sept. 29 | 4-7 p.m.
Host: Amanda & Knute Severson | Clarion, IA
Agricultores aspirantes deben participar en el taller Explorando la Agricultura para hacer realidad sus ideas y su visión.

Este taller lo ayudará a determinar su propósito en la agricultura, determinar qué productos desean a producir y conectarse con personas que pueden ayudarlo a apoyar sus objetivos agrícolas.
MEMBERSHIP
Are you a member of PFI but want to support our programs even more and help expand our network? Do you know someone who would benefit from joining the Practical Farmers of Iowa community? Gift them a PFI membership, and give them the gift of knowledge and community.

It’s easy -- just complete our gift membership form with your and the recipient's contact information, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Our new "Access" membership level at just $25 a year is an affordable way to get someone involved in PFI.
IN THE NEWS
Members in the News
Laura Krouse of Mount Vernon, IA, and Suzan Erem of West Branch, IA, were featured in East Central Iowa News: Farm to Fork tales draws crowd

Dayna Burtness and Nick Nguyen of Spring Grove, MN, were featured in AgWeek: The pigs are back in town for young farmers in Houston County, Minn.

Megan Holz of Grand Junction, IA, was featured in High Plains Journal: Free cover crop seed available to all Iowa FFA chapters

Jenny Quiner of Des Moines, IA, was featured in the Des Moines Register: A healthy salad dressing made by Des Moines urban farmers is hitting Hy-Vee shelves
PFI in the News
Sarah Carlson, strategic initiatives director for PFI, was featured on KWMT: Practical Farmers of Iowa – Cover Crop Cost Share Opportunities
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.