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This week on the show, we had Chris Teachout, who farms near Shenandoah in southwest Iowa with his wife Janenne. Chris is a fifth-generation farmer, and he and his family have been using conservation practices on their farm since the mid-80s. He raises corn, soybeans and small grains, and has been using no-till practices for […]

August 9, 2017 

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Soil health workshop with renowned soil scientist Jill Clapperton – Aug. 29, ShenandoahFor Release: August 9, 2017 Download PDF (103 kB) Jill Clapperton Chris Teachout (left) Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] SHENANDOAH, Iowa — Chris and Janenne Teachout are on a mission [...]

 

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Cover Crop Economics: Thoughts and DataAugust 1, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded Ken Rulon is part of the seven-generation tradition of sustainable and environmentally responsible farming at their family farm, Rulon Enterprises in Arcadia, Indiana. One of the farm’s objectives is to increase the organic matter content of the soil while still maximizing profits. This presentation [...]

August 1, 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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From a personal standpoint, I’m fascinated by insects and many other so-called “creepy-crawlies.” It’s mind-boggling to think of the vast number of insect species on the planet, the exponential way their population sizes outrank that of humans and just how long these animals have been around. (I’ve read that cockroaches, for instance, have remained virtually […]

December 9, 2016 

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Farmer and agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren will teach how to harness insects on farms at Practical Farmers’ 2017 annual conference – Jan. 20-21, in AmesFor Release: December 8, 2016 Contact: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] AMES, Iowa — When farmer and agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren [...]

December 8, 2016 

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Conservation Stewardship Program: Major Changes and Sign-Up ProcessNovember 23, 2016 View Farminar Pre-recorded The USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program is the largest conservation program in the U.S. with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled. The program – intended to help producers improve soil and water quality and wildlife habitat on their farmland [...]

November 23, 2016 

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Field day will explore how farmers can make cover crops work on their land – Nov. 16, near NashuaFor Release: November 2, 2016 Download PDF (88 kB) NASHUA, Iowa — Adding cover crops to farmland can offer numerous benefits, from improving soil health and reducing weed pressure to improving the quality of water entering local [...]

November 2, 2016 

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Whether you farm in northwest Iowa or closer to the Mississippi side of the state check out one of three PFI soil health events the weekend of August 13-14.

August 3, 2016 

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Fruit and vegetable farmers are exploring on-farm compost methods to lower their input costs, increase soil microbial diversity, manage waste and improve yields. Following up on a 2014 PFI study with Jason Jones and Siobhan Danreis,  Rob Faux (Bremer County) and Siobhan (Pocohontas County) held on-farm trials investigating the effect of compost extract on yield […]

July 7, 2016 

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