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For several years, Practical Farmers has worked to elevate understanding and communication about pesticide drift issues. Recently, we have gathered our pesticide drift materials to a new webpage and a few new resources: a document called “Pesticide Drift and the Law,” which provides background information for farmers and their lawyers; and a video series featuring farmers […]

June 8, 2017 

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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 

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Every day in June, @PracticalFarmer will tweet a photo of a PFI farmer with #dontdrift. Pesticide drift is not an acceptable side effect of agriculture – it is against the law, and it endangers farmers, their families, workers, and communities they feed. Respect everyone’s right to farm in Iowa. If you apply pesticides, take precautions […]

June 1, 2015 

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Many in the PFI membership know Rob and Tammy Faux of Genuine Faux Farm in Tripoli, IA. Though they are best known for their humorous wits and inquisitive farming practices, they have emerged as reluctant leaders standing up to pesticide drift. We have featured Rob and Tammy’s story before, most fully in a PFI farminar detailing […]

May 20, 2015 

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 “We were in our first year of production after our organic certification, and we got sprayed really bad. It was a soul searching thing to go, “Everybody is affected to some degree – are we just going to say, “ok – this happened”, and give up our certification and start all over again? Or are […]

April 17, 2015 

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Operating an organic farm in Iowa can entail numerous challenges, not the least of which is pesticide drift. Andy and Melissa Dunham have experienced two episodes of spray drift at Grinnell Heritage Farm, a certified organic vegetable, hay and livestock farm they operate near Grinnell, Iowa. In this farminar they share the processes they have gone through to find out who is accountable and how to receive compensation for damages, as well as their strategies for preventing it from happening again.

March 26, 2015 

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  After reading Pesticide Drift: Pack up your babies and your bags… this Iowan anonymously submitted their story:   “We were also sprayed by a crop duster this past year. I called and had an investigator come out from IDALS. Because of health issues and costs of buying organic foods, we started to grow our […]

March 11, 2014 

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  Curious about the geographical distribution of pesticide use in the United States? The Pesticide National Synthesis Project from USGS has a wealth of maps, from 1992-2011, showing estimated use of specific pesticides per agricultural square mile. I pulled out a few that I recognized, most shown here are listed as “Bad Actors” by the […]

March 7, 2014 

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  In November 2012, horticulture farmers at the PFI Planning/Priority Setting Meeting identified pesticide spray drift as the top concern and research priority. Many people whose farms are hit with spray drift feel powerless, alienated, and unsure of the proper next steps. The farmers featured below agreed to share their spray drift experiences as part […]

March 6, 2014 

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  In November 2012, horticulture farmers at the PFI Planning/Priority Setting Meeting identified pesticide spray drift as the top concern and research priority. Many people whose farms are hit with spray drift feel powerless, alienated, and unsure of the proper next steps. The farmers featured below agreed to share their spray drift experiences as part […]

 

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