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Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.

McGregor, IA

Mary Damm, of Bloomington, Indiana, holds a native prairie plant aloft. Mary is a prairie ecologist and owner of Prairie Quest Farm, a grass-based livestock operation located near McGregor, Iowa. The farm was previously owned by Mary’s close friend, the late Dan Specht, a long-time Practical Farmers member who was passionate about grassland birds and believed working farms and conservation complement each other. After his sudden death in 2013, Mary managed to purchase part of the farm and is working to continue his farming vision.

Upcoming Events

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Dec 18

Farminar: "Managing Disease in Organic Vegetable Crops" – Beth Kazmar

Jan 17

Annual Conference Short Courses: Silvopasture & Orcharding

Scheman Building Ames, Iowa
Jan 18

2019 Annual Conference: Cultivating Connections

Scheman Building Ames, Iowa
Feb 2

Chestnut Growers Workshop

1875 Peach Ave. Madrid, IA 50156

2019 Annual Conference: Cultivating Connections, January 17-19

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Apply for Cover Crop Cost Share

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Tune in to Fall Farminars

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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

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

Rory Van Wyk

Winterset, Iowa

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

Ralph Gauer

Silver City, New Mexico

“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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