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This week, On-Farm is back on the road and we visited the farm of Russ Wischover – Windswept Acres – right on the Missouri border in south west Iowa. Several years ago, Russ retired from his job as a herdsman at the University of Illinois’s swine research farm and bought a farm near Bedford. Since […]

July 21, 2017 

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If you’re a goat or sheep farmer – you’re probably familiar with Haemonchus contortus (barber’s pole worm) – a worm responsible for the biggest disease problem of small ruminants. When not adequately controlled this worm may cause death. Unfortunaly, due to the misuse and overuse of dewormers over many years, resistance to dewormers is a huge […]

July 19, 2017 

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Field day will explore how to profitably manage farm potholes – Aug. 3, Charles CityFor Release: July 18, 2017 Wendy Johnson and Johnny Rafkin Contacts: Wendy Johnson | Joia Food Farm | (562) 852-7044 | [email protected] | joiafoodfarm.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] [...]

July 18, 2017 

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Throughout Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day season, we are spotlighting many of the PFI farmers who are graciously giving their time to share their knowledge at these events, as well as members who make the journey to attend them. Watch practicalfarmers.org and “Practical News,” our weekly email newsletter, for details and updates! Robert and his […]

July 14, 2017 

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Leaving Home, Flying Home The tall Pampas now strips, corners. Soy in bare fields. Each year easier to leave Bobolink’s goodbye Argentina. Wing beat by wing beat not knowing, following faith. Somewhere in Iowa the tallgrass waves. Still, for one more generation. Melody of meadowlark beckoning you? Beat by tired beat Home when you can […]

July 10, 2017 

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Farmers invited on four-day bus trip to Dave Brandt’s farm in Ohio – Aug. 3-6For Release: June 28, 2017 Download PDF (106 kB) Dave Brandt Dave Brandt family Cover crops flowering on Dave Brandt farm Contacts: Meghan Filbert | Livestock Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach [...]

June 28, 2017 

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Matt Schuiteman, of AJS Farms in Sioux Center, started planting cereal rye in 2006 as a “trap crop” for manure nutrients. He has experimented with grazing it, baling it and growing it for seed. Matt told 65 attendees at his field day on May 30, to get the most direct payback from cover crops, put […]

June 16, 2017 

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Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day guide is now available in print; features 32 farmer-led events across IowaFor Release: June 13, 2017 Download PDF (108 kB) Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 field day guide is [...]

June 13, 2017 

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This week on the show, we talk with Phil Specht of Pearlmaker Holsteins. He’s been running a grass-based, rotationally grazed dairy in the hills of Clayton County since the 1970s, and conservation has always been important to him. On the show, we range from the practical to the esoteric – talking with Phil about the politics of conservation, grazing management, Facebook poetry, ways of knowing and much more.

June 9, 2017 

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Field day will explore grazing practices for grassland birds – June 22, McGregorFor Release: June 6, 2017 Download PDF (108 kB) Mary Damm on Prairie Quest Farm Phil Specht Male bobolink_submitted by Phil and Mary Contacts: Mary Damm | Prairie Quest Farm | (563) 536-1170 | [email protected] | prairiequest.farm Phil Specht | (563) 873-2498 | [...]

June 6, 2017 

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