Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Alec Amundson of Osage, Iowa, hosted a field day on Tuesday about relay-cropping rye and soybeans.

In this photo, attendees take a hay rack ride to the relay-cropped rye and soybean field just prior to rye seed harvest.

The next generation coordinator will be pivotal to using the resources and network of PFI to support aspiring and beginning farmers of color.

Our members have indicated their top priority is getting beginning farmers on the land so Iowa farms will continue generation after generation, providing healthful food, profits to families, healthy ecosystems and vibrant communities.

As we expand this work, supporting farmers of color in their efforts to get started farming will be a central part of our focus as we seek to amplify our efforts to create inclusive and equitable farming opportunities.

On Tuesday, Ortrude Dial shared what it was like getting started as a woman with no prior farming background.

We saw how she uses rotationally grazed sheep to improve soil health and production. She also discussed pasture management, water access and sheep breeds.
Tuesday, July 20 | 6-6:45 p.m.

Having the right equipment and systems to get your vegetable crops started, planted, ahead of the weeds and cleaned up for customers makes the job more enjoyable from start to finish.

During this event, T.D. will demo a few of his favorite and newest tools and equipment, and how he came to find his best uses for each of them for a variety of crops (and eggs!).
Hosted by: Sam Bennett
4-6 p.m. | Galva, IA

Hosted by: Don Eyerly
5-7 p.m. | Winterset, IA

Hosted by: Emily & Nathan Paulsen
3-5 p.m. | Exira, IA
RSVPs are required for all "Catching Up" events to ensure we maintain the small, conversational environment these events are designed for.

Anyone is welcome to RSVP for a "Catching Up" event! To learn more about a specific event or to RSVP, email the PFI staffer indicated, or call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.
Relay-Cropping Rye and Soybeans
RESCHEDULED: Monday, July 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Host: Michael Vittetoe
July 27: Live From the Farm - Small-Grain Harvest and Post-Harvest Handling
6:30-7:15 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
Dale, Marcie and Tyler Raasch of Bridgewater, IA, were featured on WHO13: Community Supported Agriculture: Know Where Your Food Comes From

Tom Frantzen of New Hampton, IA, and Matt Liebman of Ames, IA, were featured in the Land Stewardship Letter: A Grain of Ecological Truth

Levi Lyle of Keota, IA, and Steve Berger of Wellman, IA, were featured in Wallaces Farmer: Cover crop success with 'one-pass farming'

Levi Lyle of Keota, IA, was featured in Wallaces Farmer: Diversification brings new revenue streams

Mitchell Hora of Brighton, IA, was featured in Wallaces Farmer: How do we meet Iowa's goals for cover crop acres?

Mark Schleisman of Lake City, IA, was featured in Wallaces Farmer: Drainage water recycling, nitrate control and hedging against drought

George Naylor of Churdan, IA; Ron Rosmann and Maria Vakulska Rosmann of Harlan, IA; Daniel Rosmann and Ellen Walsh-Rosmann of Harlan; and David Rosmann of Avoca, IA, were featured in Who What Why: Farm to Factory: Big Ag’s Manure Machine, Part 2

Ben Albright of Lytton, IA, was featured in Grow Magazine: Ben Albright Adopts New Ways to Protect Soil, Water Quality (page 19)

Hannah Bernhardt and Jason Misik of Finlayson, MN, were featured in an article on Land Stewardship Project's website: Farm Beginnings Profile: A Raw Deal on Farmland
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.