Practical Farmers of Iowa has received a nearly $980,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will fund work to improve water quality and wildlife habitat, and to amplify PFI's farmer-to-farmer learning network.
PFI's project – "Strengthening Farmer Networks to Improve Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat in the On-Demand World" – was one of three Iowa-based projects to receive funding through EPA's Farmer to Farmer grant program. A ceremony announcing the Iowa recipients took place on Wednesday at the Iowa State Capitol Building.
"At PFI, we've seen how our farmer-to-farmer learning model empowers farmers to make changes that benefit soil, water, wildlife and farm profitability," says Sarah Carlson, PFI's strategic initiatives director.
"With this EPA funding, we'll be able to help more farmers tap into this powerful network and get the support they need to add cover crops and small grains, which are proven ways to improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat while making their farms more resilient.”