Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Two different Practical Farmers workshop series got started in the past week. On the right, check out the first workshop from the landowner boot camp, "Every Farm Matters."

On the left is the first week of the "Reduced-Tillage Vegetable Production Workshop," where Rue Genger and Claire Strader covered the reduced-tillage research being conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
NEWS
After T.D. Holub's "Live From the Farm" episode ended on July 20, we kept the camera rolling!

Take a look inside T.D.'s DIY walk-in cooler. Hear how he built it and the difference it makes in his operation.

A handful of "Live From the Farm" episodes remain. View upcoming events and watch live on Tuesdays.
Over the last 15 years, agritourism has helped Anna and Dave Geyer expand their farm and bring the community together.

In this episode, Anna takes us on a tour of the farm and shares how and why she and Dave started these business ventures, and the struggles they faced in getting started. Some of the topics she discusses include navigating county regulations, leveraging time and resources and managing unexpected growth.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Tuesday, Aug. 10 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Typically a “no-visitor day” for any farm, this episode will offer a real-time glimpse of Jill Beebout and her crew on their most important day of the week, CSA delivery day.

We’ll join in as they finish harvesting herbs – the last item of the morning harvested. We’ll follow Jill into the pack shed to see how the tomatoes, greens, beans and other vegetables are stored and staged for packing.
Thinking about ways to reduce tillage in your vegetable operation? Have you heard about “no-till” or “low-till” methods and are curious to see them in action? Join fellow low-till (and low-till-curious) growers for this summer web series!

Presented in four sessions over four weeks, this series includes virtual tours, demonstrations and presentations from researchers and farmers in Iowa and Wisconsin.
Tuesday, Aug. 10 | 6-7 p.m.
Presenter: Dylan Bruce

Thursday, Aug. 19 | 4-5 p.m.
Presenters: Mark Quee & Jon Yagla
Thursday, Aug. 26 | 6-7 p.m.
Presenters: Hannah Breckbill, Emily Fagan & Jordan Scheibel
Join Des Moines Water Works, Heartland Cooperative, Peoples Company and Practical Farmers of Iowa for a multipart virtual boot camp designed to share the why, what, when and how of successful and intentional farmland management.

Learn 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.
Friday, Aug. 13 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 20 | Noon – 2 p.m.
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.
Aug. 17: Live From the Farm - Benching & Boulders
10-10:45 a.m. | Online
MEMBERSHIP
What was formerly a student-level membership rate for individuals enrolled in coursework has now expanded its criteria to include more groups of people.

The new Access membership level is for those who are current students, beginning or retired farmers and others on fixed or limited incomes. The Access member rate is available for an annual fee of $25, and includes all of PFI's member benefits for one individual.
IN THE NEWS
Members in the News
David Brandt of Carroll, Ohio, wrote an op-ed that was published in The Storm Lake Times: To improve our water quality, regenerative agriculture offers common ground for common good
PFI in the News
Meghan Filbert, livestock program manager for PFI, was featured in an episode of Quivira Coalition's "Regeneration Rising" podcast: Meghan Filbert - Collaboration and Creativity in Iowa's Corn Belt

Sarah Carlson, strategic initiatives manager for PFI, was featured on KWMT and YourFortDodge.com: Sarah Carlson – Practical Farmers of Iowa – Free Cover Crop App
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.