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At Iowana Farm, located on her grandfather’s farmland snuggled in the Loess Hills, Terry raises 3 acres of certified organic heirloom vegetables for a CSA; the Village Pointe and Rockbrook Village farmers markets in Omaha; several restaurants; and wholesale. Terry and her late husband, Chuck, moved back to Iowa from California in 2007 and started […]

March 22, 2017 


Brad Law is one of Practical Farmers’ out-of-state members. He farms with his wife, Megan, and their three boys (Gentry, 6; Porter, 3; and Sawyer, born Jan. 7, 2017) at Law Farms LLC, their 300-acre farm near King City, Missouri, in the northwestern part of the state. The family grows corn, soybeans, winter wheat and […]

March 16, 2017 


You want a high tunnel. Maybe you already bought it. You thought you could put it up on your own. Then, like Jeremy (pictured below), you realize you had bit off more than you could chew. You thought, “It’d be great if I could talk to someone who’s done this…” or better yet, “I’d like get […]

March 13, 2017 


Pest and Disease Management for Organic Apple ProductionMarch 13, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded Managing pests and diseases in a Midwest apple orchard can be tricky, and even moreso for organic systems. A range of preventive approaches needs to be included in an orchard management plan in order to minimize damages and maximize harvests. Maury Wills [...]



Variety Selection for Vegetable ProductionMarch 8, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded For Rob Faux, winter is the season for what he humorously calls “farmer delusional syndrome.” Fields do not have weeds, projects take half the time and pictures in the seed catalogues tempt farmers to grow every new variety available in the coming growing season. When [...]

March 8, 2017 


Who are the decision-makers on your farm? How well do you communicate with them? What is the biggest challenge you face on your farm? What is the root cause of that problem? Is there an issue causing a “log jam” to your farm’s success? How much profit are you planning to make on your farm? […]

March 1, 2017 


Today I’d like to introduce you to two farmers: Jenny Quiner and Dusty Farnsworth. Jenny runs a ¼ acre urban vegetable farm in Des Moines while Dusty farms several hundred acres of organic and conventional row crops with integrated hogs and cattle. What do these two have in common besides their membership in Practical Farmers […]



Two Eastern Iowa Farmers Will Host Fruit and Vegetable Producer Meet-UpsFor Release: February 27, 2017 Download PDF (74 kB) Laura Krouse, of Abbe Hills Farm near Mount Vernon, IA Adam Hohl with mother, Kathy Hohl (back-left) and wife Julie Hohl. The family operates Harvestville Farm near Donnellson, IA. Ames, Iowa —Two fruit and vegetable farmers [...]

February 27, 2017 


We recorded a handful of presentations at last month’s annual conference, and now they’re available on our YouTube channel. We’ll have a handful more posted in the coming weeks. You can find the PDFs of these presentations on our annual conference multimedia page. Keynote – “Pass It On” – PFI members Susan Jutz of Iowa […]

February 24, 2017 


As fruit and vegetable farmers across the state embark on another growing season, they’ll again review their action plan for experiencing pesticide drift. Fruit and vegetable  farmers in our membership, along with livestock graziers and other specialty crop farmers have made it clear to us that pesticide drift is a serious financial and health risk […]

February 21, 2017