Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Since our founding in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa’s logo has morphed and evolved in tandem with the organization’s growth. For many members, both long-time and newer, the “PFI” acronym has been a core element – a visual badge as well as a friendly nickname – and this reality is reflected in a succession of logos.
In this story, meander through the history of Practical Farmers' logos and learn more about the origin and reasons for the changes to our visual identity over time that have led to our most recent visual rebrand.
What better day is there than Thanksgiving to begin or deepen your commitment to buying food from local farmers?
Before the deep darkness of winter sets in – and while so much of the year’s bounty has just been harvested – make an effort to fill your fridge, freezer, belly and friends’ bellies with meat, produce and grains grown by your neighbors.
Maggie joined us this week and will lead the farmer-to-farmer speaking and outreach program. With help from staff, Maggie will seek out and encourage emerging farmer-leaders to take a more active role in peer learning, outreach and media opportunities.
She will provide farmers with resources, support and coaching to help them become more effective and confident storytellers and educators. Her role also includes management of the annual
This popular event is beneficial for beginning and aspiring farmers in all enterprises. In addition to creating your own farm plan, you will hear from other farmers about how they started their farming journey.
This retreat is only offered once a year and attendance is limited.
Wednesday, November 20 | 12 – 3 p.m. | Rose Hill, IA
Hosted by: Mike Jackson
Before venturing to visit family and friends to celebrate the bounty of the season, come gather with fellow farmers and others from the PFI community to learn about cover crops in this final field day of our 2019 season.
Host Mike Jackson will share the latest results from his on-farm cover crop research and lead a discussion about the diverse approaches to managing cover crops. You'll also learn about grazing cover crops, slake testing and more.
Ranching in Alberta, Steve Kenyon has lots of experience with cold, snowy winters. Even so, he has designed a system to allow for profitable winter grazing. In this farminar, Steve will discuss the importance of pasture planning; bale and swath grazing; and the economics of winter grazing, including labor and equipment.
This is the only farminar before the new year. Stay tuned for an announcement on the rest of the farminar lineup coming 2020!
Registration for the 2020 annual conference, Reclaiming Resilience, is here! You can now view the speakers, sessions, short courses and more on our website. Join us Jan. 16-18, 2020, in Ames.
As we embark on 2020, Reclaiming Resilience will examine the current state of our farms and our food systems. This endeavor is not about going backwards in time or unraveling progress. It’s about reclaiming resilience to help family farms survive into the future.
We grant this award annually to the person who has been most influential in creating healthy soil, healthy food, clean air, clean water, resilient farms and vibrant communities. Our board of directors will choose the winner based on the nominations you submit.