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Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.

Slater, IA

Lee Tesdell (center) with his sons Omar (left) and Ramsey pose together after Lee was presented with Practical Farmers’ 2019 Farmland Owner Legacy Award on July 10. Lee is proud of his farm’s long history and heritage. Purchased in 1884 by his great-grandfather, he is the fourth generation to steward Tesdell Century Farm near Slater.

Upcoming Events

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Jun 2

Virtual Field Day: Multiple Benefits of Rye: Calving, Grazing, Harvesting

Jun 2

Virtual Field Day: Keeping Up With the Johnsons at Buffalo Ridge Orchard – Food Safety and Packhouse Sanitation (1/3)

Jun 2

Virtual Field Day: Roller-Crimping Cereal Rye – A Live Demonstration

Jun 3

Virtual Field Day: Garlic Production at Grade A Garden – Weed Management & Varieties (1/3)

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Our Programs

Practical Farmers of Iowa works to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities. Our values include: welcoming everyone; farmers leading the exchange of experience and knowledge; curiosity, creativity, collaboration and community; resilient farms now and for future generations; and stewardship of land and resources. Our programs are guided by the interests and priorities of our members.

What our friends & partners say

“Breaking into farming is hard — and without support, impossible. Having the support of Practical Farmers of Iowa has enabled me to be a successful farmer.”

Kate Edwards

Iowa City, Iowa

“You guys are SO useful… even from 1,000 miles away.”

Ralph Gauer

Silver City, New Mexico

“Practical Farmers of Iowa is one of the most supportive organizations I have ever been a part of.”

Rory Van Wyk

Winterset, Iowa

“The annual summer forage trial was interesting because it is directly useful for the management of our farm operation and because this type of project has not been well researched yet.”

Dave Schmidt

Exira, Iowa

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