Published Apr 5, 2017

That’s a Wrap! Another successful farminar season in the books

By Steve Carlson

During each winter season dating back to November 2009, Practical Farmers of Iowa has been offering unique online learning opportunities referred to as Farminars. With a rich history of farmer-to-farmer education in the form of on-farm field days, farminars were a logical extension of this format for the off-season.

These interactive webinars feature both beginning and experienced PFI farmers sharing practical knowledge on a range of topics for row crop, livestock and fruit and vegetable producers. Attendees log in to listen to a live presentation over a slideshow and are able to ask questions in a chatbox. Registration is not required, all our farminars are free, and they’re recorded for later viewing.

This year we started on Tuesday November 15, holding 17 weekly farminars for 446 live viewers. Already these presentations have had 1,085 views in our farminar archive.

To date, Practical Farmers has held a total of 138 farminars that drew 5,561 live attendees. In our archives, these presentations have been viewed 49,369 times.

With 138 farminars in the archives, you’re bound to find a topic you’re curious about. You can sort them by enterprise or use the handy-dandy search tool to type in any keyword or name. Visit our farminar archive here. Here are a few popular presentations over the years:

Tax Preparation for Your Farm
November 29, 2016
Matt Russell, Coyote Run Farm & Drake Ag Law Center
Kristine Tidgre, ISU Center for Ag Law and Taxation

Tax prep


Oats for Iowa: Variety Selection and Agronomic Production Tips
February 11, 2015
Bruce Roskens, Grain Millers
Darren Fehr

Oats for Iowa


Making Niche Pork Work for You at Any Scale
February 18, 2014
Ethan Book, Crooked Gap Farm
Kate Edwards, Wild Woods Farm
Philip Kramer, Niman Ranch

Niche pork


Scale and Profit: A Financial Snapshot of Three CSAs
January 17, 2012
Sean Skeehan, Bluegate Farm
Rebecca Graff, Fair Share Farm
Melissa Dunham, Grinnell Heritage Farm

scale and profit


Opportunities in Agroforestry
February 16, 2010
Tom Wahl, Red Fern Farm