Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
We are just a week away from the 2022 annual conference!

Pre-registration for the conference has closed, but walk-in registrations are welcome and encouraged both days of the conference. We hope to see you there!

Walk-in registration opens at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, and at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.

If this is your first time in Ames, or you want to try some local restaurants, the PFI staff has you covered.

We’re forgoing the PFI potluck this year, but we suspect conference-goers will enjoy spending the night out in Ames or ordering in to their hotel rooms.

To assist your decision-making, PFI staff have compiled their favorite Ames-area eats (and drinks).
Taylor Hintch, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, started with us last week as our new field crops education coordinator.

In this role, Taylor will help the farmer-led education department facilitate events and engage with farmers raising various field crops. She previously worked with PFI through Green Iowa AmeriCorps in the summer of 2019.

We are now offering a new email newsletter, "The Monthly Feedstuff," focused on all things livestock.

By signing up, you'll receive monthly updates on all the latest PFI resources, research reports and events relating to livestock.

The first issue will be sent next Wednesday, so be sure to sign up today.
Practical Farmers offers a flexible, fast-paced work environment with opportunities for independent initiative and professional development. For more information, visit our employment page.
Read articles from the winter magazine
Tuesday, Jan. 18 | 7 p.m.

High-producing organic no-till has long been identified as the Holy Grail of soil health.

Join Brett Israel for an evening of sharing as he highlights the successes and challenges 3Gen Organics has experienced on its path to reducing tillage in an organic farm system.
Feb. 7 | Cedar Rapids, IA

The Beginning Farmer Summit was designed with tailored tracks to support each phase of farming.

Aspiring farmers who have not yet started farming will learn about setting goals related to preparing to farm. These goals will focus on mapping out ways to access farmland and building connections to find farmland.
March 1 | Lincoln, Nebraska

This regional conference brings together farmers, supply chain buyers and researchers to share their expertise on successful farming with small grains in extended rotations.

With the help of 169 generous individuals, we successfully raised $50,019 for our year-end fundraising drive.

These funds will allow us to continue our important and effective programming. In addition, this support will help us lay a solid foundation to handle future growth, and help us build new and exciting program areas that benefit farmers and eaters like you.

Every dollar counts, and for every dollar we are grateful. Thank you for supporting Practical Farmers of Iowa, and being part of our network.

Still want to contribute to our work? Donate here.
Members in the News
Jean Eells of Webster City was featured on WHO-TV: Warmer weather gives cover crops an extra boost during the winter
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned on KMALand: USDA project looks to diversify farms

Meghan Filbert, PFI's livestock programs manager, was featured in Progressive Farmer: Put a Cover Crop in the Mix: Value of Covers as Supplemental Feed Resources
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.