Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Field days remain a foundation of PFI. Even in this time of precaution and social distancing, they provide an opportunity for us all to connect with one another: for farmers to learn from their peers; for non-farmers to deepen their connections to local food and farmers; and for us all to share in PFI’s vision of an Iowa with healthy soil, healthy food, clean air, clean water, resilient farms and vibrant communities.

While our field days will look different this year, we are confident these events will help you stay connected as you learn from one another about production, business and conservation strategies.

We have planned our whole field day season as virtual events. We encourage you to register for field days on our website. By registering, you’ll receive email reminders leading up to the event with instructions on how to join, and a link to participate, if applicable.
Field day season begins this Saturday, May 30!
Check out our full slate of 2020 field days. Details and registration are now available. Roger and Mary Knutson and Jacob Bolson will kick this season off with a virtual field day on mechanical weed control.

The trio will share a broad enough perspective to provide value to any farmer interested in mechanical weed control, from a 20-acre vegetable farmer with a four-row cultivator to a 2,500-acre farmer with a 12-row cultivator.
Hosted by: Roger and Mary Knutson & Jacob Bolson
May 30 | 9-10 a.m.

Hosted by:  Alan Zellmer
June 2 | 10-11 a.m.

Hosted by: Emma and Marcus Johnson
June 2 | 12:30 - 1:05 p.m.

Hosted by: Levi Lyle
June 2 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by: Jordan and Whitney Clasen
June 3 | 12:30 p.m.
Please join us during a one-hour virtual meet-up to talk about the ongoing changes and challenges specific to your farms and markets due to COVID-19.

We’ll be holding these every Friday at 1 p.m. through June 12.

Our intention is to provide a place for producers to share their insights, struggles, ideas and strategies to manage current and anticipated changes related to consumer demand, market access, labor and enhanced measures for food safety.

May 30: Virtual Field Day - Mechanical Weed Control
9-10 a.m. | Online

June 2: Virtual Field Day - Benefits of Rye
10-11 a.m. | Online

June 2: Virtual Field Day - Food Safety
12:30-1:05 p.m. | Online

June 2: Virtual Field Day - Roller-Crimping
1:30-2:30 p.m. | Online

June 3: Virtual Field Day - Garlic Production
12:30-1:05 p.m. | Online

June 5:  Meet-Up -  Strange Times
1 p.m. | Online
June 8: Virtual Field Day - Botany Beginners Pt. 1
6-7 p.m. | Online

June 11: Virtual Field Day - Working With Neighbors
2:15-3:15 p.m. | Online

June 11: Virtual Field Day - Botany Beginners Pt. 2
6-7 p.m. | Online

June 12:  Meet-Up -  Strange Times
1 p.m. | Online

June 12: Virtual Field Day - Pasture Farrowing
12:30-1:30 p.m. | Online
See who's sharing their resilience stories
Typically, Brian and Nancy Wilson of West Fork Farmstead in West Chester raise pork, chicken, eggs and beef.

This year, they’re planting a bigger garden so they can experiment with different pepper and tomato varieties.

They even turned some old timber fencing into trellises.
Members in the News
Jon Bakehouse of Hastings and Gayle Olson of Winfield were featured in Wallaces Farmer: Farmers take COVID-19 precautions

Sam Bennett of Galva, Jon Bakehouse of Hastings, Tim Sieren of Keota and Jack Boyer of Reinbeck were featured in Wallaces Farmer: 3 farmers test limits of terminating rye in soybeans
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.