Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
If you are a Practical Farmers of Iowa member, you will soon receive the summer issue of our quarterly magazine, the Practical Farmer, in the mail. If you wish to receive our magazine in the mail  join PFI today and you'll automatically receive all future issues!

In this issue:

  • read how several Practical Farmers members are taking unique approaches to creating habitat on their land

  • discover how community members in Decorah rallied to preserve land and make it available to beginning farmers

  • see the list of people who made donations to PFI above membership in fiscal year 2018

  • learn how one family includes crop scouting as an integral facet of management

  • and more!

Take a look at the digital version, and  explore the magazine wherever you are, whether you're on a mobile device, at work or want to easily share it with friends and family.
Since its inception, Practical Farmers' work has focused on farmer-to-farmer exchange of knowledge. Research illustrates, and our experience backs it up, that farmer-to-farmer sharing is effective and direct contact with credible sources leads to increased change in behavior.

Farmers are the experts with first-hand, relatable experiences. They are good at sharing information because they understand both the science and how other farmers think.
Board member Nathan Anderson, of Aurelia, testified on behalf of PFI about the importance of soil health to the House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee on Tuesday. You can watch his testimony here

Nathan talked about how using soil health principles allows him and his family to reach their farm's mission of honoring God, their family and their community by caring for their resources and building a resilient and enduring farm and family.  

"Just as we can see the soil-based evidence of manure applications, tillage, fence lines and travel paths that were made decades ago, farmers decades from now will see our imprint on the land.

"For the future of food security, rural communities and family farms, that imprint must be positive and enduring. The broad application of basic soil health principles is capable of having the necessary impact."
Seeding cover crops at the time of cash crop planting (co-seeding) could present opportunities for more diverse cover crops and related benefits to crop production. This research looks at just that.
Join us Aug. 15-16 in beautiful Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, to learn about growing small grains and the benefits of an extended rotation.

This year's conference features TWO keynotes and 12 breakout sessions, which will focus on small-grains agronomy, livestock integration and markets.  

The cost is free for PFI members, $40 for non-members.
Sunday, Aug. 4 | 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. |
Van Meter

Through workshops and networking, this FREE event brings beginning farmers, experienced farmers and landowners working toward farm succession in a meaningful way to
address the challenge of farmland access.

The next generation summit includes two workshops aimed at helping farmland owners and beginning and aspiring farmers develop a plan to fulfill their farm visions. Farmland owners will work on setting goals that can help them move toward a farmland legacy reflecting their values.
Practical Farmers of Iowa is looking to hire a short-term contractor to build relationships with Iowa’s Latino community and increase their participation in our membership network .

We aim to connect with and learn about Latino Iowan farmer interests, as well as the barriers they face, so we can provide programming to help them begin and improve their farming careers.

This part-time, temporary contract position will run from approximately August 2019-January 2020, and will connect with Latino farmers, service organizations and Latino media outlets in Iowa to build relationships, learn about barriers and opportunities, and increase awareness about PFI.
Sunday, June 30 | Noon – 3 p.m. | Castalia, IA
Hosted by: Caite and Jim Palmer

Tuesday, July 2 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Galva, IA
Hosted by: Sam and Danielle Bennett and Family

Tuesday, July 2 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tour the following: Buffalo Ridge Orchard | Morning Glory | Echollective Farm
Practical Farmers of Iowa has an exciting opportunity for beginning and aspiring farmers to learn from three horticulture farms in the Iowa City area. Grow your peer network while touring three unique farms and learning about specific business management practices at each one.

Pick up and drop off locations are in Ames and Central City.

You do not need to be a PFI member, registration is FREE and a delicious local lunch is included!
PFI cooperator Sam Bennett gives a preview of his upcoming field day on July 2 near Galva from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sam will focus on the benefits and challenges of diversifying the farm with cover crops.
June 30: Field Day - Family Farm Diversification
Noon - 3 p.m. | Castalia

July 2: Field Day - Cover Crop Benefits
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Galva

July 2: Field Day - Beginning Farmer Bus Tour
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Multiple stops

July 10: Field Day - Farmland Owner Legacy Award
5-8 p.m. | Slater

July 11: Field Day - Cider Orcharding
2-5 p.m. | Solon

July 16: Field Day - Vegetables for Rural Communities
4-6 p.m. | Elkport
July 17: Field Day - Soil Health Workshop
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Grundy Center

July 17: Field Day - On-Farm Prairie & Insect Habitat
10 a.m. - Noon | Sutherland

July 17: Field Day - Organic Row Crops
1-3 p.m. | Sutherland

July 19: Field Day - Commercial Hair Sheep
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Blakesburg

July 23: Field Day - RAGBRAI at Howell's Greenhouse
8 a.m. - Noon | Cumming
Matt Russell of Locona co-authored an opinion piece in The New York Times: ‘Our Small Towns Are Toppling Like Dominoes’: Why We Should Cut Some Farmers a Check

Judy and Dean Henry of Nevada were featured on WHOtv: Wet Spring No Problem for Nevada's Berry Patch

Jack Boyer of Reinbeck was featured in Strip-Till Farmer: Fulfilling a Soil Health Promise with Strategic Strip-Till, Cover Cropping

Wendy Johnson of Charles City was featured in the Charles City Press: Farmers learn about grazing network at Joia Food Farm
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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.