Beginning Farmer Retreat
Are you registered yet? 
Monday, February 6 is the last day to register for the Beginning Farmer Retreat. 

Where: Ewalu Camp and Retreat Center
     37776 Alpha Avenue, Strawberry Point, IA 52076
Start:    1:00 pm Friday, February 10
End:      2:00 pm Saturday, February 11

Cost: $20 for PFI members $40 for non-PFI members
Cost covers retreat activities, food and bunk-style lodging. Alternative lodging is available on your own in Strawberry Point.

The retreat is intended for beginning farmers who are motivated to improve their financial and business knowledge for their existing or future farm. Friday will cover financial literacy and available programs for farm financing. Attendees can choose to create a projected income statement using their own financial records or focus on goal setting for their future farm business. On day two the group will break into enterprises and learn about marketing and production efficiencies.

Here's what some of last year's attendees had to say about this retreat: 

"I so appreciated that you had REAL producers as speakers - not just 
speakers on the conference circuit!"

"I love getting to hear about what is or isn't working for other beginning farmers."

Big Creek State Park Habitat Management Lease Opportunity
Big Creek State Park is seeking interested bidders for a wildlife management lease on about 213 acres, located southwest of the intersection of 26th and 66th street, Johnston Iowa. This will be a standard habitat management lease with row crop rotation and forage. 21.5 acres will be left as food plots until after March 1 each year.  Fall tillage is not allowed per this lease. Current food plots are property of DNR, and will be harvested according to terms of lease.

For questions please contact:  Chad Kelchen, Park Manager at  515-984-6473 or 
Take the National Young Farmer Survey 
The National Young Farmer Survey is conducting their young farmer survey now! Through their first national survey in 2011, young farmers and ranchers came together to tell the nation who they were and what they needed in order to succeed. The results from that survey inspired new programs and influenced policies in every state. Now we have the opportunity to speak up again.

OCIA Organic Farming Workshop
February 8, 9:00 am 
Holiday Inn Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
Meet new friends and neighbors at the Organic Crop Improvement Association Annual Meeting Workshop. To RSVP, contact Angie Tunink at 402-477-2323 or at Payment will be taken at the door.

February 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Story County Extension Office, 220 H Ave. Nevada
This course will provide basic instruction on using QuickBooks for business management purposes. Participants will develop the skills necessary to use QuickBooks in their businesses. These tools are beneficial in monitoring business finances and developing business management plans.
The class is presented through a mobile computer lab to demonstrate the program. You do NOT need to bring your own computer! 
Pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $65 per person and class size is limited. To register, please contact Katie Williams at the Story County Extension and Outreach office by calling 515-382-6551 or Joe Sellers at or 641-203-1270.

February 23-25
La Crosse, WI
Choose from 65 workshops over six sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging round-tables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors. Pre-registration ends Thursday, February 9th.

The Iowa Agricultural Development Division will be hosting a series of ten free Regional Beginning Farmer Workshops across the state this spring and summer. These workshops will inform you of low-interest loans for the purchase of land, buildings and equipment; Iowa tax credits for landowners who lease to beginning farmers; and Iowa tax credits for farmers to hire a beginning farmer for custom work.

FarmTable Procurement & Delivery is currently taking pre-orders for packaging supplies. Fill out this form to order in bulk with other farmers. 
In This Issue
Upcoming  PFI  Events
Tuesdays 7pm until March 12

February 10-11, 2017
Strawberry Point, IA

Beginning Farmer Financial Workshop
March 11, 2017
Harlan, IA

Missed a farminar? Watch them later! 
Practical Farmers of Iowa offers farminars at no cost to participants. These 90-minute, online seminars feature a wide variety of farming topics with farmers as the experts. We record these sessions and make them available for free so you can keep learning year-round.

Are you a beginning farmer looking for farmland to start or expand your operation? Are you a landowner interested in selling or leasing your land to someone who shares your vision for the future? was created by Practical Farmers of Iowa to help maintain family farms and vibrant rural communities by facilitating the transfer of land from one generation to the next.
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Ames, IA 50010