Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Practical Farmers of Iowa's new "Don't Farm Naked" logo is now available on 100% organic cotton T-shirts, in two new colors.

Check our online store to see other new items for your holiday shopping, with more coming soon!

We are seeking experienced farmers who plan to hire an employee in 2021 to participate in our Labor4Learning program.

"This was a fantastic program! I really love the learning outcomes aspect and the focus on that," says Anne Carey, a 2020 trainee at Red Fern Farm in Wapello, Iowa.

"The attention on the learning, as well as the labor, was really nice to see. It was definitely a nice blend of the two."

The program is intended to benefit both parties: aspiring farmers get a paid, on-farm job and additional training on how to run a farm business, and the experienced farmer gains an eager-to-learn employee.
From the autumn magazine
Practical Farmers of Iowa gives this award annually to someone who has been most influential in creating healthy soil, healthy food, clean air, clean water, resilient farms and vibrant communities.

The recipient will be recognized at Practical Farmers’ virtual annual conference, Jan. 21-23.

Row crop and livestock farmers of all cover crop experience levels are invited to participate in a virtual cover crop boot camp, Dec. 3-4.

You will hear from a stellar lineup of regional cover crop farmer experts and academics on how cover crops boost soil health, suppress weeds and create grazing opportunities.
Are you a beginning farmer looking for help getting started? Sign up for the virtual Beginning Farmer Retreat on Dec. 11-12.

Beginning farmer Kate Edwards says, “Breaking into farming is hard and without support, impossible.” Many beginning farmers share this thought.

Join us at the virtual Beginning Farmer Retreat, Dec. 11-12, to create your plan to start farming and meet others who are ready to support you.
Dec 3-4: Workshop - Cover Crop Boot Camp
9 a.m.-Noon | Online

Dec 8: Virtual Social- Randy Riediger
7-8 p.m. | Online

Dec 11: Shared Learning Call - High Test Weight Oats
12:15-1:15 p.m. | Online
Dec. 11-12: Virtual Retreat - Beginning Farmer

Dec. 15: Virtual Field Day- Wool: Shearing & Processing
2-3 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
Matt Russell and Patrick Standley of Lacona were featured in the Des Moines Register: Is Coyote Run Farm in central Iowa the nation's most important farm?
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned in FoodDive: How Oatly accelerated growth during the pandemic 

Meghan Filbert, livestock programs manager for PFI, was featured on KCUR 89.3: Efforts To Help Small Meatpacking Plants In Missouri May Take Time 

Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned in Wallaces Farmer: Sustainability in Ag: a major team effort

PFI was mentioned in an editorial in The Storm Lake Times: Editorial: A new ag discussion
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.