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Fred Abels of Holland, Iowa, hosted the first field day of the 2022 season last Saturday. Around 40 attenedees came out to Fred's farm to learn about roller-crimping cover crops, planting corn into living cover using skip-rows, soil testing and more.

We have a host of field days planned for the coming week. Be sure to check out the topics and locations on our field day webpage.
PFI member Paul Mugge of Sutherland, Iowa, is currently featured in a display at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.

The display is part of the garden's "Cultivate: Growing Food for a Changing World" exhibit.

At the exhibit, "Visitors can explore the galleries and gardens to learn how inventive ideas in agriculture, both scientific and social, sustain and enrich life and how growing and cooking food connects people with each other and their communities."
As finance director, Andy will work to further PFI’s strategic vision, mission and goals in concert with the PFI community.

This effort includes leading financial aspects of administration, budgeting, reporting, grants management and policy development.

Andy views his contribution in terms of empowering PFI staff to achieve their individual mission goals.
Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a diligent, respectful and passionate person to serve as a senior human resources coordinator for the operations department.

This position will manage all hiring processes at PFI, manage employee benefit vendor relationships and much more.

View the full job description, duties and qualifications on our employment page.
June 23 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Des Moines, IA

Monika Owczarski and Amy Joens are hosting a beginning farmer social in Des Moines.

Connect with other beginning farmers during an evening of good food and networking.

Make new friends and visit old ones while learning about each other’s market happenings, plans for the year and improvements from last year.
June 24 | 1-4 p.m. | North English, IA

Come learn from Jason Grimm and the crew at Grimm Family Farm as they demonstrate their new on-farm poultry processing setup.

This field day will be a hands-on, live demonstration of processing chickens. Jason will also discuss processing equipment and share how to navigate licensing for on-farm processing.
PFI's feature-length film, "Livestock on the Land," will be shown at 2:30 p.m. at the Interrobang Film Festival, a three-day event presented in concert with the Des Moines Arts Festival.

If you haven't already watched our award-winning film, it's available to watch for free on our YouTube channel.
June 24 | 5-8 p.m. | Jefferson, IA

Practical Farmers of Iowa invites farmers, landowners and the public to an award ceremony and field day near Jefferson honoring landowner Chris Henning, who was selected as the recipient of PFI's 2022 Farmland Owner Legacy Award.

During the field day, Chris will discuss farmland stewardship, how she collaborates with her farm tenant and more. PFI will also award Chris with the 2022 Farmland Owner Legacy Award.
Hosted by: Chad & Katie Hensley
4-7 p.m. | Lamoni, IA

Hosted by: Heath Stolee
10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Radcliffe, IA

Hosted by: Mike & Donna Brahms & Family
2-4 p.m. | Griswold, IA
Practical Farmers began coordinating on-farm research trials addressing nitrogen rates more than 30 years ago. This year, we have funding to do 20 trials testing whether farmers who have been planting cover crops for at least five years can reduce nitrogen inputs without sacrificing yield.

Our goal is to expand the footprint of this project so we can get solid data that can inform future soil health practices and nitrogen application decisions.

Please, donate to PFI today, and help improve nitrogen management for future generations.
Members in the News
Dale Raasch of Bridgewater, IA, Dan Fillius of Des Moines, IA, and Emma Liddle, Practical Farmers of Iowa's membership and events coordinator, were featured on WHO 13: Iowa organic farm rebuilds after damaging hail storm

Dale and Marcie Raasch of Bridgewater, IA, were featured on WHO 13: Tuesday storm severely damages Iowa organic farm

Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan of Decorah, IA, were featured on the podcast Rhymes With Decorah: Humble Hands Harvest / Queer Farmer Network - Hannah Breckbill

Adam Ledvina of Chelsea, IA, was featured on WHO's The Big Show: Clean Water Wednesday

Chris Henning of Cooper, IA, was featured in Racoon Valley Radio: Cooper's Chris Henning To Be Honored With Award From Practical Farmers 
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned in The Iowa Source: The Land Remains: Neil D. Hamilton Is Listening to the Soil

PFI was mentioned in Strip-Till Farmer: Learning from the Past to Move Strip-Till Forward
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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