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NEWS
Each year, more than 1,200 aspiring and beginning farmers come to Practical Farmers of Iowa for help becoming the next generation of farmers. Support for these farmers is vital to grow our food, steward our land and keep our rural communities vibrant.

If you are able, we humbly ask for your financial support to help beginning farmers. Practical Farmers needs to raise $20,000 in savings matches by July 15 so we can enroll the next round of participants in our Savings Incentive Program later this year.

Many start farming with a passion to work the land, but lack the technical knowledge to build a business. To be successful, beginning farmers need to have knowledge and training in both business management and production.

Our Savings Incentive Program has helped 123 beginning farmers acquire these skills and launch healthy farm businesses.
UPCOMING EVENTS
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Check out our full slate of 2020 field days. Details and registration are now available.

Missed a virtual field day that you wanted to attend? There are a few ways to watch recordings:

Hosted by: Jordan and Whitney Clasen
July 10 | 12:30-1:05 p.m. 
July 14 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Presented by: Matt LeRoux

COVID-19 has created a challenging situation for conventional livestock markets and processors. At the same time, farms have a unique opportunity to market meat directly to consumers.

This farminar aims to equip farmers with clear and simple steps to start making bulk meat sales, such as quarters, halves and mixed-cut bundles. Learn from agriculture marketing consultant Matt LeRoux how to better understand consumer purchasing habits, meat pricing, product bundling and how to reach consumers.
July 8: Webinar - The Business of Cover Crops
Noon-1 p.m. | Online

July 10: Virtual Field Day - Garlic Harvest
12:30-1:05 p.m. | Online

July 13: Virtual Field Day - Pasture Watering Systems
2-2:30 p.m. | Online

July 14: Virtual Field Day - Making Land Affordable
4-5:30 p.m. | Online
July 14: Farminar - Bulk Meat Sales
7-8:30 p.m. | Online

July 16: Virtual Meet-Up - Beginning Farmer
1-2 p.m. | Online

July 17: Virtual Field Day - Farm Manager Panel
3-4 p.m. | Online

Noon-1 p.m. | Online
IN THE NEWS
Members in the News
Tom Wind of Jamaica was featured in DTN: Livestock Improve Soil Health

Lee Tesdell of Slater was featured in a podcast on Successful Farming: Cover crop cost sharing

Ben, Susan, Nick and Alan Albright of Lytton were featured on Iowa Ag Connection: Albrights Receive Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

Mitchell Hora of Brighton was featured in The Gazette: Farmers need incentives to plant cover crops, Eastern Iowa farmer tells ag secretary

Matt Miller of Bristow was featured in Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network: Bristow farmer utilizes early-season organic weed control
PFI in the News
Sarah Carlson, strategic initiatives director for PFI, was featured on YourFortDodge.com: Sarah Carlson – Practical farmers of Iowa – Cover Crop Cost Share Opportunities

Sarah Carlson was quoted in Wallaces Farmer: Virtual Cover Crop Boot Camp planned for July 
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.