Published Mar 29, 2019

the Practical Farmer: Spring 2019

In This Issue

Executive Director Note

Inspiration From PFI Leaders


Grazing Year-Round

Farmers are incorporating annual forages into crop rotations to complement perennial pastures.


Importance of the Cow

PFI co-founder Dick Thompson believed cows were a vital link on the farm. This graphic highlights why.

Farm Transfer

The Beginnings of a Farm Transfer

Shared values help connect beginning farmers John and Halee Wepking with Paul Bickford, who was searching for farmers to transition his operation to.

Beginning Farmers

SIP Class of 2020

Meet the farmers and learn about their hopes for SIP.

Field Crops

Interseeding Cover Crops in Extra-Wide Corn Rows

Farmer-led research explores accommodating cover crops.


Are These Buds for You?

Interest in tree crops (and beverages) draws new members to PFI events.

Cover Crops

Taming the Waterhemp Beast

Cover crops can provide effective control against Iowa’s most challenging superweed.

Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award

Honored for Sustainability Efforts

Long-time PFI members Doug Alert and Margaret Smith have been using on-farm research for many years to guide their farming decisions, and freely sharing their knowledge with others.


Commissioners Bring Local Conservation Issues to Iowa’s Capitol

PFI members represented their soil and water conservation districts and met with legislators.

Member Book Review

Review of: “Wildly Successful Farming: Sustainability and the New Agricultural Land Ethic”

PFI News

Get Farm Experience through Labor4Learning

Several jobs are open in Iowa offering paid farm training

Join Our Team – We’re Hiring!

View all positions on our employment page

FindAFarmer Gets a Makeover is a free tool that aims to connect farmland owners with land seekers to preserve family farms.

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Jorgen RoseHayley NelsonMeet our Newest Staff Members


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