Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
On Tuesday, Practical Farmers of Iowa hosted executives from the Unilever for a field tour showcasing how Iowa farmers are using cover crops and small grains.

Aaron White and Joe Dunn of Carlisle, Iowa, and Will and Cassie Cannon of Prairie City, Iowa, shared information about how cover crops and small grains in rotation with row crops are critical to improving soil health and water quality on their farms.

Unilever has supported PFI members planting cover crops since 2015. The Unilever team loved the field of cereal rye, ready to be harvested on Aaron White and Joe Dunn’s farm.
NEWS
PFI is seeking a diligent, respectful and passionate person to serve as a senior human resources coordinator. The operations department provides PFI with tools, information and personnel so the organization can carry out its mission.

We’re also seeking a livestock viability manager to lead our efforts to grow regenerative livestock systems and help diverse, independent livestock farmers thrive.

Stennie Nelson was featured on "The Big Show" on NEWSRADIO 1040 WHO last Wednesday.

Did you miss it? Don't worry, you can still listen to her interview.
July 21 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Virtual
July 22 | 1-3 p.m. | Virtual

If you’re a local food farmer, we want to hear from you! Come share your thoughts on how the Iowa Local Food Purchasing Public Assistance Program will (or won’t) work for your farm and any suggestions you have for improvement.

We’ll share the program design and incorporate your feedback to shape a program that truly meets the needs of the farmers and communities it is designed to serve.
UPCOMING EVENTS
July 9 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Orleans, IA

Join Eric and Kelly Hoien, along with staff from ISU's STRIPS team, to hear about designing, establishing and managing prairie strips.

You’ll learn about edge-of-field practices, water quality benefits and how Eric and Kelly have used programs like the Conservation Reserve Program to help pay for conservation practices, build habitat and improve their little piece of the Big Spirit Lake watershed.
July 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Virtual

Fluctuating market prices, fertilizer shortages and a dependence on world events means the price of corn and soybeans may fluctuate wildly year to year. Many farmers and landowners are turning to creative leasing solutions that can benefit the farmer and the landowner.

Learn more about flex leasing and some specific ways you can determine your rate.
July 15 | 10 a.m.-Noon | Easton, MN

At this field day, you’ll learn from Andy and Don Linder, a father-son farming team, about managing diverse rotations, no-till corn, spring-seeded covers and the benefits of grazing for soil health.

If you’re interested in small grains, reduced tillage and grazing cover crops then this is the field day for you!
Hosted by: Wisecup Family
10 a.m.-Noon | Missouri Valley, IA

Hosted by: Angela Smith & Erik Tryggestad
10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Oronoco, MN

Hosted by: Meredith Nunnikhoven
2-4 p.m. | Oskaloosa, IA
MEMBERSHIP
This spring, our supporters donated $38,025 toward our goal of raising $40,000. This means we're short by just $1,975!

We're expanding several new programs and resources. Your donations are vital to helping us launch these new initiatives. Please make a donation today to help us grow new opportunities to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities.

Thank you to all of our supporters who have contributed thus far!
IN THE NEWS
Members in the News
Shae Pesek and Anna Hankins of Coggon, IA, and Hannah Breckbill of Decorah, IA, were featured on Iowa Public Radio: Some of Iowa's queer farmers are taking a different approach to agriculture

John Gilbert of Iowa Falls, IA; Rick Cruse of Ames, IA; and Adam Ledvina of Chelsea, Iowa were featured in the Work Green Earn Green Podcast: Iowa's SOS call: save our soil!

Donna and Mike Brahms of Griswold, IA were featured on Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network: PFI highlights diversified agriculture at 3 Bee Farms

Stephanie Nelson of Turin, IA, was featured NEWSRADIO 1040 WHO's "The Big Show": Clean Water Wednesday

Sharon Thompson and the late Dick Thompson of Boone, IA, and Larry Kallem of Ames, IA, were featured in CityView: 2022 CHOICE AWARDS — Cityview’s Hall of Iowa Culinary Excellence

Maggie McQuown of West Branch, IA, Joe Klingelhutz of Iowa City, IA and Suzan Erem of Red Oak, IA, were featured in an article by Conservation Districts of Iowa: Iowa conservation group earns national recognition
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was featured in Cover Crop Strategies: Iowa Survey: Findings and Tips for Upcoming Cover Crop Season
Have you been featured in the media? If you're a PFI member, tell us when and where to find a link to the article, and we'll feature you in a future issue of Practical News.

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