Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Jan Libbey and Tim Landgraf, long-time diversified farmers and local food advocates near Kanawha, Iowa, are the recipients of Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2022 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award.

When Jan and Tim started their diversified vegetable farm near Kanawha, Iowa, in the mid-1990s, they had no idea they’d become part of the leading edge of Iowa’s nascent local foods movement. Their goal was to make a positive contribution to agriculture in their community, and to connect people to land, food and each other.

Read the magazine story about Jan and Tim's long-time dedication to sustainable agriculture.
Farmer-led field days are the foundation for how PFI fulfills its mission of equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities, and we’re excited to be back to our regular in-person format.

Your sponsorship support is critical for us to continue providing high-quality farmer-led learning events.

The digital version of the spring magazine is online and ready to read. Start exploring the issue with two of our featured articles:

  • On the left, read how Matt Liebman, a lifetime PFI member and retired Iowa State University agronomy professor, made a career out of listening to and learning from farmers.

  • On the right, learn how Angela Smith of Middle Fork Farm in Oronoco, Minnesota, is using native habitat to build resilience and adapt her farm – and the critters who call it home – to a changing climate.
May 21 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Harlan, IA

Join PFI and Golden Hills RC&D at Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and Daniel Rosmann’s farm for a free, public screening of "Livestock on the Land." The film is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of regenerative grazing and its promise for the Iowa landscape.

We’ll have a social hour with snacks prior to showing the movie outdoors. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy movie night on the farm.
Lifetime members Ted and Linda Krauskopf raise cattle at Hickory Flat Cattle Co. in Illinois. They use regenerative grazing with their cattle, which has improved their soil health and bottom line.

“I’m seeing other benefits as well," Ted says. "Environmentally, the farm has so many more insects, more birds, more wildlife of all kinds.”

Ted and Linda recently bought a PFI lifetime membership to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. “Linda and I look forward to the newsletters and any publication we get from PFI," he says, "and enjoy reading about all the good things going on.”
Members in the News
Jenny Quiner of Des Moines, IA, was featured on WHO 13 Des Moines: Dogpatch Urban Gardens plans expansion using Kickstarter campaign

Susan and Rich Young of Iowa City, IA, were featured in The Gazette: Historic renovation transforms mid-century milk house into cozy living quarters (the story is on pages 16-17)

Ryan Marquardt of Van Meter, IA, was featured in KCCI 8 Des Moines: Van Meter farmer says no relief for high egg prices anytime soon

Meredith Nunnikhoven of Oskaloosa, IA, and Amberlin Barber of University Park, IA, were featured in a video series by Iowa Valley RC&D: Visit A Farm Stand: Choose Local

Adam and Jenn O'Neal of Winterset, IA, were featured in Better Home and Gardens: It's grow time (Note: This link will take you to the O'Neals' farm Instagram account, where you can view the pages of the story)

Beth Hoffman and John Hogeland of Lovilia, IA, were featured in Iowa Farmer Today: Economists see four paths forward for carbon markets

Jenny Quiner of Des Moines, IA, was featured in dsm Magazine: Dogpatch Dinner Series Returns for Year Four

Rick Cruse of Ames, IA, and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation were featured on Iowa Public Radio: The Midwest has lost 57 billion metric tons of topsoil over the last 160 years, new study finds
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.

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