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Ahead of our annual conference last month, we held a short course titled “Conserving $$ and Soil.” Often the conservation of farm production input costs and soil might be considered at odds with one another. Soil conservation efforts are thought to cost money to implement and/or they might involve producing less which would in turn lose […]

February 1, 2017 

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There’s a buzz of anticipation in the air as we approach our annual conference — especially for our potluck! Please join us Friday January 20 from 7-11 pm for a shared meal hosted by Ty and Bobbie Gustafson of Story City Locker. As the night wears on we’ll welcome Iowa’s own blues musician Matt Woods to the stage (video […]

January 4, 2017 

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Bud Williams, famous for designing the ‘Bud Box’, was a cattle handling expert known throughout the world. To continue his legacy, Bud’s daughter Tina, and her husband Richard McConnell, of Hand ‘n Hand Livestock Solutions, have been imparting Bud’s knowledge on farmers who attend schools taught throughout North America. Tina and Richard were in southwest […]

September 30, 2016 

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On June 30, the Petersens hosted a field day near Knoxville to share how they have worked together to build a diverse crop and livestock operation that allows multiple family members to continue working on the farm.

July 11, 2016 

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This past weekend a dedicated group of beginning farmers gathered at Practical Farmers’ 8th annual next generation retreat to focus on strengthening their young farms and building relationships at the Des Moines Y Camp in Boone, Iowa. Beginning and aspiring farmer attendees represented farms of varying shapes, sizes and enterprises, as well as a wide […]

February 25, 2016 

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Since 1987, the Cooperators’ Program has been Practical Farmers of Iowa’s vehicle for conducting on-farm research on the issues and concerns deemed most important by our members. The Cooperators’ Program is the epitome of what PFI is all about: Farmer-led investigation and information sharing. In 2015, 63 farmers took part in 35 research projects on […]

December 17, 2015 

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A group of 43 farmers traveled to North Dakota last August to spend a day with Gabe Brown. The group spent the next day with Jay Fuhrer, North Dakota’s Soil Health Specialist, visiting several farms and ranches in Burleigh County, ND.  Soil health was the central theme, and PFI president Dan Wilson, reflected on his experience […]

October 26, 2015 

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65 people made the journey out to Bent Gate Farm near Stanton, IA to attend the field day hosted by Mark and Melanie Peterson on August 28. The field day focused on various ways to improve soil health by incorporating cover crops in creative ways to their farm. Mark farms about 500 acres of no-till […]

September 10, 2015 

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Twenty five individuals chose to disregard the rainy forecast and travel out to Mogo Farms on the afternoon of July 6, eager to hear about the unique collaboration between Mogo Farms’ Morgan Hoenig and Muddy Miss Farms’ Shanti Sellz. The two young farmers make up Green Share LLC, a collaborative CSA that serves the Iowa […]

July 8, 2015 

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Steve McGrew and his brothers hosted a field day at their farm near Emerson on June 22. Topics included wind energy, low-disturbance anhydrous application, soil health, and cover crops. Steve and his three brothers have been farming together since 1979, and no-tilling since 1980. He says that they started with terraces, waterways, buffers, and filters, […]

June 29, 2015 

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