2016 Annual Conference

 January 22-23, 2016, Scheman Building, Ames

Celebrating 30 Years of Farmers Teaching Farmers

Fifty farmers and friends attended the first Practical Farmers annual meeting on a cold day in December 1985, and came away with a plethora of practical information shared by farmers about research and farming experiences. Thirty years later, the crowd has grown significantly, but the vein of the gathering stays the same: farmers teaching farmers how to improve their farms and communities.

Even more than the learning that takes place, attendees prize connections they make at Practical Farmers conferences, from life-long friends and mentors to new business partners. “It’s like attending a big family reunion,” some members say.

Attend the Practical Farmers of Iowa 2016 Annual Conference to strengthen these important relationships while learning from farmers about building community; being stewards of our natural resources; and creating viable farms, farmers, and food systems.

 

This year's highlights:

Pre-conference short courses, January 21-22

Growing Good Small Grains
Successful Establishment and Management of Orchard Trees
Partner event: Iowa Forage and Grassland Council’s conference will run concurrent with short courses

Keynote address, Common Characteristics of Successful Farmers, by John Kempf, farmer and founder of Advancing Eco-Agriculture

40 conference sessions, including: 
Cover Crops, Companion Crops and No-Till with Robin and Kelly Griffeth
Regenerative Grazing with Jim Elizondo
Goat Dairying and Value-Added Marketing with Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell
Financial Literacy and Business Management with Richard Wiswall
Farmland Legacies with Angela Tedesco, Dale Nimrod and Jim French

Special this year: North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Farmers Forum, featuring farmers sharing information about their sustainable agriculture research, demonstration, and education projects.

Friday night potluckhosted by Ty and Bobbie Gustafson, where all can come together to share good food and company.


Thank you to all of our Sponsors and Exhibitors for the 2015 Annual Conference!

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact conference coordinator Kathy Eastman at [email protected], 515-255-0882 or Steve Carlson at [email protected], 515-232-5661

Level A

Contact: Jim Wichmann
Albert Lea, MN
800-352-5247
Contact:  Jessie VanderPoel
Eden Prairie, MN
grainmillers.com
952-983-1277
Contact:  Elizabeth Juchems
Ames, IA
515-294-5429
ISU Agronomy Dept/
Contact: Mary Wiedenhoeft
Ames, IA
515-294-3274
Contact:  Laura Crowell
Contct: Ken Budke
Waterloo, IA
319-939-0302
Contact:  William Akison
Springfield, MO
417-619-4373
Waterloo, IA
Contact:  Zach Funk
Redfield, IA
515-979-8919
Contact:  Mike Gallagher
Aurora, CO
720-427-3417

Level B

Contact:  Janet Reents
West Des Moines, IA
515-225-6195
Contact:  Dan Bewersdorff
Saranac, MI
616-902-8623
Contact:  Terry Johnston
Harlan, IA
800-741-3305
Contact:  Linda Naeve
Ames, IA
515-294-8946
Contact:  David Baker
Ames, IA
515-252-7801
Contact:  Julie JG Minot
Ames, IA
515-291-9442
Contact:  Malcolm Robertson
Ames, IA
515-294-1166
Contact:  Philip Kramer
Hardy, IA
515-290-8636
Contact:  Joe Klein
La Farge, WI
608-788-8811
Pro-Soil
Contact:  Wayne Volkl
Alburnett, IA
319-329-9720
Contact:  John Whitaker
Urbandale, IA 
515-331-8480
Contact:  Brad Law
King City, MO
660-483-0355

Level C

Contact:  Natalie Witschorik
Mason City,IA 
641-494-2368
Contact:  Erika Brodersen
Ames, IA
800-370-7979
Contact:  Stephanie Enloe
Dubuque, IA 
319-594-1426
Contact:  Joe Bassett
Sycamore, IL
815-899-8000
Contact:  Kristen and Justin Akers
Kellerton, IA
641-414-2176
Contact:  Ralph Altmaier
Coralville, IA
319-335-4229
Contact:   James Holz
Grand Junction, IA
515-370-4356
Contact:  Kathi Jenks
Shedd, OR
Contact:  Jamie Hostetler
Bellevue, IA
815-718-1100
Contact:  James Frantzen
Elma, IA
641-257-8122
Contact:  Laura Jackson
Cedar Falls, IA
319-273-2705

Level D

Contact:  David Birky
Detroit Lakes, MN 
218-847-9351
Contact:  Alexandra Frantz
Marion, VA
773-304-4155
Contact:  Cindy McCollough
Webster City, IA
515-832-2992
Cowsmo, Inc
Contact: Mandy Speerstra
Cochrane, WI
608-626-2571
Contact:  Aubrey Alvarez
Des Moines, IA
515-491-1891
Contact:  Craig Chase
Ames, IA
515-294-1854
Contact:  Teresa Davenport
Perry, IA
515-465-5673 x 16023
Contact:  Alix Paez
Johnston, IA
515-865-8834
Ficke Cattle Co. 
Contact:  Del Ficke
Pleasant Dale, NE
402-499-0329
Contact:  Colten Catterton
Bladen, NE
402-984-1631
Contact:  Tim Kruse
Des Moines, IA
515-250-4268
Contact:  Tammy Stotts
Des Moines, IA
515-281-7657
Contact:  Dan Loy
Ames, IA
515-294-1058
Contact:  Mike Robertson
Fort Dodge, IA
515-574-1943
Contact:  Penny Brown Huber
Ames, IA
515-232-1344 
Contact:  Ann Robinson
Des Moines, IA
515-244-1194
Contact:  Deborah Bunka
Des Moines, IA
515-451-8492
Iowa Forage and Grassland Council
Contact:  Joan O’Brien
Des Moines, IA
515-262-8323
Contact: Marion Riggs Gelb
Des Moines, IA
515-229-3712
Contact:  Matt Miller
Ames, IA
515-971-9707
Contact:  Ann Russell
Ames, IA
703-785-7124
Contact:  Chris Peterson
Clear Lake, IA 
641-425-8760
Contact:  Randy Cummings
Winslow, ME
207-238-5348
Contact:  Bert Strayer
LaCrosse, WI
319-240-0561
Contact:  Joe Pedretti
Viroqua, WI
608-637-2526
Contact:  Lauren Langworthy
Spring Valley, WI
715-778-5775
Contact:  Len Nuest
Monticello, IN
574-591-1989
Contact:  Linda Wells
Minneapolis, MN
612-284-5023
Contact:  Carman Rosburg
Ames, IA
515-232-0048
Contact:  Brad Young
Wausa, NE
402-373-2514
Contact:  Faye Rudsenske
Albert Lea, MN
507-373-2550
Contact:  Luke Gran
Nevada, IA
515-451-1202
Contact:  Tom Wahl/Kathy Dice
Wapello, IA 
319-729-5905
Contact:  Pamela Ryan
Cedar Falls, IA 
319-277-4277
Contact:  Suzan Erem
West Branch, IA 
319-480-4241
Contact:  Amy Stoddard
Omaha, NE
402-449-1417
Contact:  Carl Fredricks
Mt. Horeb, WI
608-437-4395
Contact:  Laverne Klecker
Hope, MN
507-451-4724
Contact:  Jim Howk
West Des Moines, IA
515-216-4304
Contact:  Doug Follmann
Webster City, IA
515-832-3787
Contact:  Jeff Jensen
Marion, IA 
[email protected]esforever.org
515-320-6756
Contact:  Matt Rush
Troy, KS
785-850-0397
Contact:  Nina Binsen
Des Moines, IA 
515-284-4488
Contact:  Greg Thessen
Des Moines, IA
515-284-4340
Contact:  Chris Petersen
Ames, IA
[email protected]&Gmarketing.com
515-233-4773
Contact:  Bridget Holcomb
Ames, IA
515-460-2477
Contact:  Sarah Foltz Jordan
Princeton, MN
612-845-4531

Level E

Contact:  Risa DeMasi 
Salem, OR
503-566-9000
Contact:  Steve Ferguson
Des Moines, IA
515-725-4928
Contact:  Kyra L. Rude
Ventura, CA
800-248-2847
Contact:  Kim LaVoie
Fairfield, IA
641-209-3426
Contact: Rod Swoboda
Urbandale, IA
515-505-1543
Contact:  Karen Knepper
Onslow, IA
800-470-3325
Ames, IA
515-232-4094