Practical Farmers’ 2015 Field Day Guide is available; features 40 events across Iowa

For Release: June 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Have you been thinking of expanding your crop rotation, adding pollinator habitat to your land, starting a vegetable operation, improving your cattle genetics or trying a new conservation practice on your farm? Learn about the scope and diversity of agriculture in Iowa, including these topics – and dozens of others – at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day this spring and summer. This year’s line-up includes 40 field days across Iowa featuring farmers’ knowledge on topics across the agricultural spectrum, from fence-building to farm automation; soil health to stewardship with bison.

See which events are happening near you in Practical Farmers’ freshly printed “2015 Field Day Guide,” available online at http://practicalfarmers.org, or for free in print. To request a guide by mail, call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661. Get details on each event; see a map of locations; and use the guide to plan ahead for events of interest. The guide also lists 14 additional farm-focused events organized by partner organizations. (Note that PFI also hosts several late-winter and early-spring events that occur outside the timeline of this guide).

All Practical Farmers field days are open to everyone, occur rain or shine, and most are free to attend. Practical Farmers of Iowa field days bring farmers and the public together to learn, share knowledge, and build a vibrant community working together to strengthen farms and communities in Iowa. All field days feature farmer-led discussions and farm or field tours, and many feature local foods and potlucks.

A complete list of events in Practical Farmers’ 2015 Field Day Guide is below, along with field day locations.

Practical Farmers’ 2015 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Albert Lea Seed; Applegate Natural & Organic Meats; BlueStem Organic Feed Mill; Center for Rural Affairs; Featherman Equipment Company; Grain Millers, Inc.; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Beef Center; Iowa Farm Service Agency (USDA); Iowa Farmers Union in partnership with Town and Country Insurance and Hastings Mutual Insurance; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE); Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH); ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture; Klinkenborg Aerial Spraying and Seeding, Inc.; La Crosse Seed; Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES); MOSA Organic Certification; National Wildlife Federation; Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Organic Valley – Organic Prairie – CROPP Cooperative; The Nature Conservancy in Iowa; Pro-Soil Ag Solutions; Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; and Welter Seed and Honey Company.

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Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers that seeks to strengthen farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information-sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call (515) 232-5661 or visit http://practicalfarmers.org.

Contact:

Tamsyn Jones | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected]

2015 Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days:

June 6 —              Planning for a Permaculture Swale System on Pasture – Maxwell

June 7 —              Lamb Production and Wholesale Marketing – Williams

June 15 —            Multiple Benefits from Wetlands, Prairies and Cover Crops – Winterset

June 17 —            Rotations: Organic and Conventional Grains and Cattle Grazing – Kalona

June 20 —           Summer Solstice Picnic on the Prairie – Thornton

June 22 —           Conservation, Soil Health and On-Farm Energy – Emerson

June 24 —           Practical Talk on Pasture and Row Crop Farming – Coon Rapids

June 25 —           Farm Production: Corn, Soybeans, Solar and Wind – Jefferson

June 27 —           Hands-On High-Tensile Fence-Building Workshop – Van Meter

July 6 —             Collaborative CSAs: Some Assembly Required – Mount Pleasant

July 7 —             Learning Together: Evaluating a Cover Crop Terminator – Hampton

July 8 —            Cover Crops: What, How and When? – Reinbeck

July 13 —          Optimizing the Herd Through Grass-Fed Genetics – Oxford

July 15 —          A Vegetable Farm Start-Up: The First 5 Years – Logan

July 16 —          Cover Crops in Corn in July: Will They Make It to the Fall? – Orange City

July 18 —          Goats and Compost Partner for Soil Health – Ames, Ogden

July 19 —          RAGBRAI with PFI in Storm Lake – Storm Lake

July 19 —          On-Farm Safety for Agritourism and U-Pick – Donnellson

July 22 —          Cover Crops 101 to 401 and Everything in Between – Grundy Center

July 25 —          Establishing On-Farm Pollinator Habitat – Ames

July 28 —          Managing Prairie with Bison and Fire – Lovilia

August 2 —       Farm Equipment 101 and Demonstration – Van Horne

August 3-6 —    Bus Trip to Gabe Brown’s Ranch in North Dakota – Bismarck, N.D.

August 11 —     Northern Pear Cultivars, Rootstocks and Orchard Floor Management – Decorah

August 19 —     Crop Diversity and Grazing Livestock for Soil Health – Jefferson

August 21 —     Getting Started with Pasture-Based Livestock – West Branch

August 26 —     Propagating Native Trees and Shrubs for Your Farm – Woodward

August 28 —     Summer Cover Crop Mix for Forage, Cover and Soil Health – Stanton

August 29 —     Putting the “Culture” in AgriCulture: 30 Years with PFI – Harlan

August 30 —     Sustainable Production and Sales in Local Communities – Bridgewater

Sept. 3-4 —       High Tunnel Build at Prairie Sky Farm – Wesley

Sept. 3 —          High Tunnel Drop-In Build and Farm Tour – Wesley

Sept. 3 —          Starting a Cattle Operation with Contract Grazing – Norway, Amana

Sept. 8 —          Integrating Cash Crops, Cover Crops and Livestock – Bedford

Sept. 12 —        Trying New Things: Cover Crops, Organic and Livestock – Charles City

Sept. 15 —        Specialty Hybrid Corn for Food and Feed – Luther

Sept. 19 —        Voluntary Robotic Milking and Baleage for Improved Dairy Production – Wilton

Sept. 26 —        Vermicomposting and Cover Crops for Vegetables – West Branch

October 3 —     On-Farm Energy Audit and Economics of an Organic Dairy – Decorah

October 18 —   Fall Crops Without a High Tunnel – Mt. Vernon

 

2015 Partner Events in Guide:

May 30 —         Central Iowa Agroforestry Tour – Various

June 2 —           Prairie Installation Demo on a Working Farm – Dysart

June 4 —           Prairie Installation Demo on a Working Farm – Nashua

June 16 —         Prairie Strips and Cover Crop Field Days – Chariton

June 18 —         Prairie Strips and Cover Crop Field Days – Rowley

June 23 —         Prairie Strips and Cover Crop Field Days – Holstein

June 28 —         Whole Farm Revenue Protection – Tripoli

July 28 —          Transplanting No-Till Broccoli into Rolled Rye-Vetch Cover – Grinnell

August 1 —       Whole Farm Revenue Protection – Elkhart

August 10 —     2015 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day – Ames

August 18 —     Neely-Kinyon Organic Ag Field Day – Greenfield

Sept. 19 —        Fall Farm Cruise – Various

Sept. 27 —        Buchanan County Farm-to-Fork Harvest Celebration – Independence

October 4 —     Farm Crawl 2015 – Knoxville & Lacona area