Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Thank you to everyone who attended the small grains conference in Lincoln, Nebraska on Tuesday!

Attendees had a chance to learn in breakout sessions that included topics on manure management, making winter wheat work, grazing summer cover crops and more. It was all capped with a plenary address from Kansas farmer Gail Fuller.

We hope you all had a blast and had the chance to learn a few things and catch up with old friends. See you all next year!
This award is granted annually by PFI to landowners who use their land to help the next generation get started, advance land stewardship and promote long-term sustainability of farm businesses, environmental quality and rural communities.

With this award, PFI calls attention to the important role non-operator farmland owners can play in the future success of sustainable agriculture.

Step 1: Current Business Assessment
  • In-depth evaluation of current marketing and business practices

Step 2: Growth Opportunity Coaching
  • Targeted business coaching to meet your goals
  • Engage in peer network

If you want to participate in this program, apply before March 28!
Thank you all who tuned in on Tuesday to hear from Amanda Severson as she shared her experiences marketing grass-fed beef at Grand View Beef.

Join in for the next field crop farmer virtual meet-up on Monday, March 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. CST.

In this meet-up, Haley Deering of Postville, Iowa, will share her experiences with grazing cover crops. Learn how to join in.
March 8 | 7-8:30 p.m.

What is estate planning? What is the purpose of the probate court? What can you do with your farmland so your kids and grandkids can enjoy it after you're gone?

In this farminar, hosted by Beverly Jones, learn the basics of estate and succession planning, along with the tools and terminology, and take home some personal to-do’s.

Friday, March 11 | 9-11 a.m. | Sioux Center, Iowa

John & Janna Wesselius will host this meet-up at The Fruited Plain in Sioux Center, Iowa.

These gatherings offer a chance to meet other fruit and vegetable farmers in your area, discuss plans and build community.
March 12 | 9 a.m. | Ames, IA

Have you ever tapped trees and made maple syrup? Ever wanted to learn? 

Ben Hoksch of Front Yard Sugar is going to discuss and demonstrate tapping and processing maple syrup, from timing to equipment to cooking. He'll also explain his unique model of working with landowners and marketing his syrup. 

At Practical Farmers, we strive to foster strong communities based on diverse ties between farmers and eaters. Buying from local farms keeps money circulating in your community, and builds a more resilient food system.

Our local foods and business directories feature 100-plus PFI member farms and businesses selling local food.

Visit the directories to browse for products and farms near you. PFI members can complete a form to be added to the listings.
Members in the News
Brian DeVore of Minneapolis was featured in AgWeek: New Land Stewardship Project billboards use humor, quotes to promote soil health

Lance Klessig of Dakota, MN, was featured in Successful Farming: Prioritize soil health to restore profitability and open new doors.

Beth Hoffman of Lovilia, IA, wrote an op-ed featured on Civil Eats: What I Learned from White Oak Pastures—and What Other Farms Can, Too

Emily Zimmerman of Ames, IA, was featured on Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Science's website: Zimmerman Receives Early Achievement in Teaching Award

Paul Mugge of Sutherland, IA, was featured on nwiowa.com: Sutherland farmer talks prairie strips

Rick Kaesebier of Elkhart, IL was featured on Illinois Farmer Today: Fellow farmers take some fear out of cover crops, no-till

Andy Sperfslage of Winthrop, IA, was featured on Iowa Farmer Today: Simmental heifer brings top price at Iowa Beef Expo
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.