Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Solon farmer Carmen Black (left) and Rodale Institute scientist Kristine Lang, of Brandon, are the newest additions to Practical Farmers of Iowa's board of directors.

They were among five individuals elected in January by Practical Farmers members to join or renew their tenure on the 12-person board of directors.

Read the news release announcing the changes to the board and meet our existing board members.
Farmer-led research has been at the core of our work since 1987. It’s continued and thrived since, with 14 Master Researchers, 241 total Cooperators and 1,443 trials.

Cover crops can offer a host of benefits for producers. In this week's farminar, Sam Bennett and Gina Nichols focused on cereal rye’s ability to suppress weeds in corn and soybean systems.

This was the second year of on-farm research trials that evaluate planting corn in 60-inch row-widths for the purpose of improving the success of interseeding cover crops in the corn in early summer, while maintaining corn grain yield.

Emily Fagan of Decorah, Sam Bennett of Galva and Dave Schmidt of Exira each presented on the research they conducted in the Cooperators' Program in 2019. Click one of the links below to watch!
Do you know an exemplary farmland owner who has built constructive relationships with farm tenants, stewarded land on behalf of rural communities or the broader landscape or helped extend opportunities to beginning farmers?

Nominate that person for our Farmland Owner Legacy Award by Friday, Feb. 28! You may submit as many nominations as you like.

Please nominate non-operator landowners who have had a positive impact on the agricultural landscape, rural communities or opportunities for beginning farmers.
Join us next Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. CST to hear from Gregg Pattison, a private lands biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based in Decorah, Iowa.

Learn about how the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program can provide landowners with technical assistance and funding for rusty patch bumblebees and Topeka shiner habitat conservation.
After a break next week, fruit and vegetable farmer meet-ups start back up on Feb. 25! These events are free and open to all fruit, vegetable and flower growers. You don’t have to be a PFI member to attend!

All meet-ups are 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 25 – Solon
Salt Fork Kitchen
++Bonus: Flower meet-up
Feb. 27  – Ames
PFI office
Double-header oat meet-ups in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota on Feb. 21
Talk oat production with other farmers and learn about the Oatly program, which offers oat contracts with Grain Millers and PFI's cost-share to establish a cover crop following oat harvest.
Latimer, IA | 9 - 11 a.m. | Details

Join current and prospective oat growers over coffee and donuts from around northern Iowa for an “Oat Meet-Up”.
Hayward, MN | 3 - 5 p.m. | Details

Join current and prospective oat growers from around southern Minnesota for an “Oat Cream Social”.
We are just two weeks out from the registration deadline for the 2020 small grains conference.

Learn about growing small grains, cover cropping and the benefits of an extended rotation.

Feb. 18: Farminar - Creating Habitat
7 p.m. | Online

Feb. 21: Meet-Up - Oat Growers
9 - 11 a.m. | Latimer

Feb. 21: Meet-Up - Oat Growers
3 - 5 p.m. | Hayward, MN

Feb. 25: Meet-Up - Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Solon

Feb. 25: Meet-Up - Flower Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Solon
Feb. 25: Farminar - From Cows to Pigs
7 p.m. | Online

Feb. 27: Meet-Up - Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Ames

Mar. 3: Farminar - Livestock and Cover Crops
7 p.m. | Online

Mar. 4-5: Conference - Small Grains
Springfield, IL

Mar. 10: Farminar - Farm Trusts
7 p.m. | Online
PFI Members: We still need to hear from you!
PFI staff have been reaching out to our members this week who have yet to respond to our 2020 member survey. If you are a current member, and have not been contacted to take the survey, please email steve@practicalfarmers.org.

This information helps to keep us member-led, so please lend your voice. We only collect this information every three years. We appreciate your time and your input!
Members in the News
Matt Liebman of Ames co-wrote an op-ed in the Des Moines Register: Iowa's water quality strategy is not working. Here's what should be done instead

Michael and Mary Beth Jackson of Oskaloosa were featured in The Oskaloosa Herald: Oskaloosa couple named national outstanding young farmers 
PFI in the News
Sarah Carlson, PFI strategic initiatives director, was featured in Civil Eats: Two States are Leading a Cover Crop Revival
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.