Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Practical Farmers of Iowa members are leading the way with cover crops to not only build soil health but also control weeds, reduce total nitrogen and provide feed for livestock.

PFI also partners with food and beverage companies like Unilever and PepsiCo, and grain buyers like ADM and Cargill, to offer their farmer customers a cover crop cost-share to get started with the practice.

Those companies want to help their customers farm for the long-term and are committed to making a real impact at the farm gate. Join the PFI cover crop cost-share program by signing up here to determine if you are eligible.
Six cooperators, each integrated cattle-crop farmers, grazed cover crops in the fall, winter and/or spring. To determine the economic and soil health impact of grazing cover crops, the cooperators kept cover crop and grazing records and had their soil sampled in May 2019.

Farm Aid relief payments
Practical Farmers is partnering with Farm Aid and Iowa Farmers Union to provide a limited amount of one-time $500 emergency relief payments to farm families.

Awards are intended as emergency relief for farmers and their families. Use of the funds is restricted to household expenses, such as groceries, home utilities, medical bills, counseling or other household expenses not directly related to the commercial operation of the farm or ranch.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on a weekly basis until funds run out. Learn more and apply here.
Next week is packed with virtual field day action
Check out our full slate of 2020 field days. Details and registration are now available.

Topics include interseeding cover crops for grazing, honeyberries, 60-inch corn and more. There's something for just about everybody in next week's round of PFI virtual field days.
Hosted by: Tom Wahl & Kathy Dice
June 24 | 12:30-1:05 p.m.

Hosted by: Martin Larsen
June 24 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hosted by: Laura Jackson
June 24 | 6-7 p.m.

Hosted by: Jordan & Whitney Clasen
June 25 | 12:30-1:05 p.m.

Hosted by: Matt Miller
June 25 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Hosted by: Seth Smith
June 26 | 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Hosted by: Nathan Anderson
June 27 | 5-5:30 p.m. 
June 24: Virtual Field Day - Fruits & Nuts - Honeyberry
12:30-1:05 p.m. | Online

June 24: Virtual Field Day - No-Till Oats & Rye
1:30-2:30 p.m. | Online

June 24: Virtual Field Day - Botany Beginners Pt. 4
6-7 p.m. | Online

June 25: Virtual Field Day - Garlic Production Pt. 2
12:30-1:05 p.m. | Online

June 25: Virtual Field Day - Organic Weed Control
7:30-8:30 p.m. | Online

June 26: Virtual Field Day - Interseeding Cover Crop for Grazing
12:15-12:45 p.m. | Online

June 27: Virtual Field Day - 60-Inch Corn
5-5:30 p.m. | Online
June 29: Virtual Field Day - Cover Crops & Forage
6:30-7:30 p.m. | Online

June 30: Virtual Field Day - Flame-Weeding
10-11 a.m. | Online

June 30: Virtual Field Day - Farm Succession
7-8:30 p.m. | Online

July 1: Virtual Field Day - Oats as a Cash Crop
1-2:30 p.m. | Online

July 1: Virtual Field Day - Botany Beginners Pt. 5
6-7 p.m. | Online

July 2: Virtual Field Day - Impact of Roller-Crimping
1:30-2:30 p.m. | Online

July 3: Virtual Field Day - 25 Years of Local Harvest CSA
12:30-1:05 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
Mitchell Hora of Washington, Matt Russell of Lacona, Wade Dooley of Albion and Emily Heaton of Ames, were featured in the Des Moines Register: Carbon farming: Iowa farmers join new initiatives that pay them to battle climate change

Paul Willis of Thornton was featured in Eating Well Magazine: This Company Is Scaling Up Humanely Raised Pork
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.