Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Check out the print version of our 2021 summer events guide! In it, you'll find information for "Catching Up" and "Live From the Farm" events, as well as other workshop opportunities this summer.
Thanks to an abundance of on-farm research conducted in the last 10 years, great progress has been made to assist Iowa corn and soybean producers with making informed cover crop management decisions.

On-farm trials led by several PFI farmer-cooperators have shown that a cereal rye cover crop doesn’t negatively affect corn or soybean yields when properly managed. In those trials, only five out of 39 site-years experienced a decrease in corn yield.
From the Cooperators' Program:
During 2020, we found many people enjoyed the opportunity to attend field days virtually, so we’re improving our virtual engagement options with a weekly series called “Live From the Farm.” This series builds on our 2020 virtual field day season, but with improved video and streaming quality.

Most Tuesdays from June through September, we will stream live from a member farm, aiming to showcase important farm activities that are interesting to see but harder to show and make engaging to in-person visitors, such as planting, harvest, cultivating, processing and delivery days.

These live events are interactive on YouTube Live, with chat enabled for attendees and the host, and will be available as recorded videos on PFI’s YouTube channel as soon as the live event ends.
Check out our newest online resource, created to connect you directly to PFI’s organizational members offering a variety of farm and ag-related services across Iowa and beyond! This new directory lists businesses and non-profits offering a wide range of products and services including legal, financial, educational, land management and more.

Don't see your business or organization listed but want to be included? Please fill out and submit this form to be added. (You must be a member of PFI to be listed.)
This year, we’ve planned a series called “Catching Up,” an ever-growing line-up of small, energizing, in-person gatherings on farms across Iowa. To keep our farmers, staff and attendees safe, each “Catching Up” event is limited to 15 attendees.

How does it work?
  • To get on the invitation list for “Catching Up” events, register here.

  • When we have an event that suits your interests and location, we’ll get in touch via email or phone. You might not hear from us right away, but you will receive an invitation at least two weeks ahead of the event.

  • “Catching Up” events are two hours long, and because of their limited attendance, will be more conversation-based than large field days can accommodate. Come ready to engage!
June 8: Live From the Farm - Bees, Beetles & Broccoli
10-10:45 a.m. | Online
June 15: Live From the Farm - "Practical Farrowing Box"
2-2:45 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
Adam Cook of Newell, Iowa, was featured in Successful Farming: High-tech manure: With draglines and on-the-go sensors, livestock fertilizer hits the fast track

Shae Pesek and Anna Hankins of Coggon, Iowa, were featured on the FarmAid Blog: Shae Pesek & Anna Hankins Are Bringing Good Food and Flowers to Their Rural Iowa Community

PFI in the News
Celize Christy, next generation coordinator for PFI, was featured in Public News Service: IA Program Aims to Usher in Next Generation of Farmers
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.