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

Level B

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

Level C

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

Level D

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

Level E

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