Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.

Meet our two new AmeriCorps members -- Ryan Hansen and Lia Carrillo -- and help welcome them to Practical Farmers of Iowa. Both are joining PFI through Green Iowa AmeriCorps, and are serving terms that run from 2021-2022.

During his time with PFI, Ryan will primarily work with the communications team editing videos, generating podcast content and assisting with other marketing and promotional materials.

During her service term, Lia will mainly collaborate with PFI’s habitat and policy coordinator, Jorgen Rose.
NEWS
We continue to crunch the numbers and it’s safe to say that grazing cover crops pencils out.

Practical Farmers has conducted on-farm economic research on this topic since 2015. Each unique situation resulted in positive net returns for the farmers.

In the third year of conducting summer cabbage variety trials, farmers Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan of Humble Hands Harvest and Kate Edwards of Wild Woods Farm compared yield and quality of four varieties: Farao, Tiara, Primo Vantage and Caraflex.

Over the summer, the PFI board and staff gathered to participate in a training entitled "Exploring PFI's Role in Shaping the Culture of Agriculture" led by long-time supporters and members Ricardo Salvador and Andrea Basche.

In this research report, Kellie and A.J. Blair aimed to fine-tune the nitrogen fertilization regime for their food-grade oat enterprise to maximize yield and profitability. They conducted strip trials to compare oat yield among strips receiving 25, 50 and 75 pounds of nitrogen per acre.

In this episode, we talk prairie strips with northeast Iowa farmer Dick Sloan. We talk about why Dick decided to plant prairie strips, what they are and what it takes to install and manage them.

Dick was just featured in a new video series from PFI: "Bringing Back the Edges: Creating Wildlife Habitat on Farms." You can watch the video on prairie strips here.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Jueves, 28 de Octubre | 6-7:30 p.m.


Determina qué planeas producir y cómo venderlo. Con nuestro orador invitado, Rodrigo Cala de Cala Farms en Wisconsin.
Saturday, Oct. 23 | 2-4 p.m.

Join us for a land connection meet up in Lovilia, Iowa, at the farm of John Hogeland and Beth Hoffman.

Land Connection meet-ups are a place for landowners to welcome land seekers to their farms for a conversation around land access.
Thursdays 6-8 p.m. | Nov. 4-18
$20 for PFI Members | $30 for Non-PFI Members
  
Getting started in farming can be hard, but with a solid understanding of your purpose and readiness you can create a plan to guide you into farming. The Explore Farming workshop series will walk you through the process of understanding what your path looks like. 

Explore Farming is an online workshop series for aspiring farmers, helping them discover what it would really take to start a farm business. Each session includes exercises to help assess skills and resources, and to provide direction for next steps in building a farm business. We’ll be joined by local farmers to share their experience in turning their farm dreams into farm reality.
 
Thursday, Nov. 4 | Establishing Your Purpose 
Thursday, Nov. 11 | Assessing Readiness
Thursday, Nov. 18 | Creating a Plan
IN THE NEWS
Members in the News
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and Daniel Rosmann of Harlan, IA, were featured in the Des Moines Register: Harlan's Milk & Honey is a farm-to-table breakfast and lunch restaurant with a small-town vibe

Beth Hoffman of Lovilla, IA, was mentioned in the Des Moines Register: Could Okoboji become the new writers' destination? Leave it to Julie Gammack to make it happen

Aaron Steele’s business, Goats on the Go, was mentioned in the Des Moines Register: Following Burlington's success, 3 new stores to open at Westridge Shopping Center in Clive

Ron Rosmann of Harlan, IA, wrote an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register: CO2 pipelines are not the answer to climate change

Deal's Orchard of Jefferson, IA, was featured on WHO13 News: Iowa orchard boasts strong harvest despite drought

Earl Hafner of Panora, IA, Craig Griffieon of Ankeny, IA and Dennis Carney of Dillon, CO, were featured in the Des Moines Register: From the archives: Iconic Iowa farm photos since 1930

Kathy Dice and Tom Wahl of Wapello, IA, were featured in the "AgArts from Horse and Buggy Land" podcast: Season #1, Episode #16: Red Fern Farm

Susan Kassal Young of Iowa City, IA, was featured on Iowa PBS' "Iowa Ingredient": Raising Turkeys
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned in an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register: "Climate change is a big threat to farmers and the rest of us. Let's focus on that instead of arguing."

PFI was mentioned in an article in Wallaces Farmer: Engaging students for conservation practices
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