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Many Iowans have seen images of crumpled grain bins and vast corn fields flattened by the powerful derecho that struck Iowa on Aug. 10. But vegetable farmers were just as devastated by the storm, as its powerful winds equal in places to a Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane – pummeled high tunnels, shredded high-value specialty crops and damaged critical farm infrastructure, like packing sheds and walk-in coolers.

On Aug. 21, we visited three PFI specialty crop farmers – Ann Franzenburg, of Pheasant Run Farm in Van Horne; Donna Warhover, of Morning Glory farm in Mount Vernon; and Laura Krouse, of Abbe Hills Farm in Mount Vernon – to capture the scope of damage they experienced.
Rachel Findling joined the Practical Farmers of Iowa staff in August 2020 as the new office assistant. She is currently a student at Iowa State University studying agricultural education. Her duties at PFI include helping with mailings, membership database updates, virtual event support and general office support.

Cooperators Kevin Dietzel, Scott Wedemeier and Francis Blake tested the benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) when fed to dairy cattle.

When fed to livestock, farmers claim ACV aids in fiber digestion, increases milk production and acts as a dewormer, among other benefits. In this project, three dairy farmers sought to observe any response of milk yield and quality resulting from supplementing cows with ACV.
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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: Jamie Hostetler
September 5 | 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Hosted by: Jeff Pudenz & Darrick Weissenfluh
September 8 | 5-5:30 p.m. | Online

Hosted by: Peter Seeley & Sam Hitchcock Tilton
September 11 | 12:30-1:10 p.m.
Sept. 5: Shared Learning Call - Grass-Finishing Cattle
2:15-3:15 p.m. | Online

Sept. 8: Virtual Field Day - Long-Term Habitat Management
5-5:30 p.m. | Online

Sept 11: Virtual Field Day - Mechanical Weed Control
12:30-1:10 p.m. | Online
Sept 16: Virtual Field Day - Cornelian Cherries & Asian Pears
12:30-1:05 p.m. | Online

Sept 17: Virtual Social - Beginning Farmer
6:30-7:30 p.m. | Online

Sept 18: Virtual Field Day - Mechanical Weed Control
12:30-1:10 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
Mike Helland of Huxley; Nick Hellend of Huxley; Lee Tesdell of Slater; Phil Griffieon of Ankeny; and Nick Griffieon of Ankeny were featured in a YouTube video by Millennial Farmer: Iowa Farm Damage

Fred Abels of Holland was featured in DTN Progressive Farmer: Double Duty - Diversify Grazing Options With Corn Plus A Cover

Steve Hopkins of Des Moines was featured on the website of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies: Nelson Institute alumnus connecting environment and community with Iowa DNR 
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.