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Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman of Resilient Farms near Red Oak in southwest Iowa were our guests on the show this week. On this episode, we talk about retiring on the family farm, farm transfer, working with farm operators, riparian buffers, prairie strips and their upcoming field day on June 15 about conversation practices.

June 1, 2017 


Resilient Farms field day will highlight conservation practices, landowner’s role in stewardship – June 15, Red OakFor Release: May 31, 2017 Download PDF (107 kB) Maggie and Steve on Resilient Farms Maggie planting a sycamore, autumn 2015 Steve working on the farm Field day details — from 2017 field day guide Contacts: Maggie McQuown | [...]

May 31, 2017 


In a Nutshell
• Wild bird populations can thrive in
properly managed working landscapes.
• Cattle activity changes grassland structure;
creating areas with short and tall
vegetation, which provides habitat that
is less available in conservation areas.
• Rotationally grazed pastures have
the capacity to support greater bird
populations, for some species, than
conservation areas that are not grazed.
Key findings
• Restored prairie in a conservation area
supported 285 birds of 21 species.
• Rotationally grazed perennial pasture
supported 553 birds of 22 species.
• Rotationally grazed perennial+annual
pasture supported 524 birds of 28
• Pastures better supported some birds
that have conservation implications,
than the restored prairie.

December 6, 2016 


Farmers invited to workshop on adding pollinator habitat – Aug. 20, TripoliFor Release: August 9, 2016 Download PDF (82 kB) Sarah Foltz Jordan, pollinator conservation specialist with Xerces Society Rob and Tammy Faux, Genuine Faux Farm Steve Schmidt A native bumblebee visits an aster flower. Contacts: Lauren Zastrow | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) [...]

August 9, 2016 


The government can be a big scary, hairy machine sometimes. But don’t let that fear stop you from taking advantage of great programs that are offered to assist farmers, especially small farmers. Behind each government program there’s a team of people that want to help you succeed. Here are some highlights of different resources that the […]

May 18, 2016 


Dick Sloan farms near Rowley in northeastern Iowa. For the past two years, he has conducted on-farm research on soybeans grown from neonicotinoid-treated and untreated seeds, and found no differences in yield. As a result, he has been able to cut input costs on his farm. Matt O’Neal, research entomologist at Iowa State University, will discuss recent research on the possible negative impacts of neonicotinoids, along with management alternatives for growers.

March 9, 2016 


Paul Willis of Thornton hosted the Summer Solstice Picnic on the Prairie, a joint Niman Ranch and Practical Farmers of Iowa event at his farm and prairie on June 20. Paul is the founding hog farmer of Niman Ranch, a network of American farmers and ranchers seeking to raise livestock traditionally, humanely, and sustainable. Over […]

June 25, 2015 


Explore legal issues pertinent to beginning farmers, including farm succession, the transition of land and assets to the next generation, custom grazing legal questions and writing farm leases.

March 11, 2014 


The regional Risk Management Agency for Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin in St. Paul, MN just released documents to further clarify how to best insure your corn, soybeans or other cash crops following a cover crop. New information shows that grazing livestock on a cover crop or harvesting that cover crop for silage or hay while […]

January 21, 2014 


Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a visit to Abbe Hills Farm Aug. 4, near Mt. Vernon For Release: July 22, 2013 Download PDF (106 kB) View Fullscreen

July 22, 2013