Farm equipment field day and demonstration – August 2, Van Horne

For Release: July 22, 2015

VAN HORNE, Iowa — Whether you raise row crops or vegetables, scaling up your operation requires investment in equipment, tools and infrastructure. But which equipment is right for your farm, now and in the future?

Join Eric and Ann Franzenburg, who have been operating a diversified farm since 1992, at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day they are hosting on Sunday, August 2, from 3-5 p.m., and get answers to this question – and others. Eric and Ann operate Pheasant Run Farm near Van Horne, raising both row crops and vegetables, as well as hogs, cut flowers, medicinal herbs and berries. The farm also has five greenhouses heated with a corn boiler and an unheated high tunnel.

Eric and Ann use a diverse set of farm equipment – both large and small – to manage their farm enterprises, and will share their insights on how to select the tools needed to ensure efficiency, protect their physical well-being and remain profitable. The event – “Farm Equipment 101 and Demonstration” – is free to attend, open to anyone and will feature a potluck meal following the program. The Franzenburgs will provide pulled pork sandwiches. Guests are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as their own tableware.

RSVPs are requested for the meal. Please contact Lauren Zastrow at [email protected] or (515) 232-5661 or by Thursday, July 30. Pheasant Run Farm is located at 6925 19th Ave., about 2.5 miles northwest of downtown Van Horne. The field day is sponsored by Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Guests will get to see demonstrations of a wide selection of machinery, implements and tools, and discuss how each is employed within the farm enterprises. Eric and Ann will provide an overview of tractor safety for beginners, and participants will be able to try out various equipment in the field. Equipment to be featured at the field day includes: a raised bed maker; a Reigi weeder; a Hydrostat tractor, as well as other tractors (36-105 hp); a three-point customized planter; high tunnel hand tools and seeders; and irrigation infrastructure.

“Tools and equipment are an important factor in scaling up a farm operation, as well as preserving our bodies,” Ann says. “We hope attendees will take away information that will help their farms be more productive for a longer period of time.”

Directions from the east: From U.S. 30, turn right (north) on U.S. 218 and drive 3 miles. Turn left (west) on County Road E44 / 70th Street. Travel through the town of Van Horne and, in about 1.5 miles, turn right (north) on 19th Avenue (gravel). The farm is the first on the left side of the road (you’ll see the greenhouses).

From the west: From U.S. 30, turn left (north) on state Route 200 and travel through Keystone. Just north of town, turn right (east) on County Road E44 / 70th Street; go about 5 miles and turn left on 19th Avenue.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015 field day season features 40 field days around Iowa. All field days are open to the public, and most are free to attend. The guide is available online at practicalfarmers.org, or contact the PFI office at (515) 232-5661 to request a printed copy.

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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Practical Farmers of Iowa strengthens farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information-sharing. Our values include: welcoming everyone; creativity, collaboration and community; viable farms now and for future generations; and stewardship and ecology. Founded in 1985, farmers in our network raise corn, soybeans, livestock, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. To learn more, visit http://practicalfarmers.org.

Contact:

Eric and Ann Franzenburg | Pheasant Run Farm | (319) 228-8758 | [email protected] | www.pheasantrunfarmiowa.com

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