Published Jun 10, 2022

Field day will explore how farmers can tap into USDA programs to fund farm projects – June 20, near Lamoni

By Tamsyn Jones


Tamsyn Jones | Editor & Outreach Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 32-5661 |

LAMONI, Iowa (June 10, 2022) — Chad and Katie Hensley, of Big Creek Farms, will host a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day exploring how farmers can take advantage of working lands conservation programs to fund various farm projects on Monday, June 20, from 4-7 p.m., on their farm near Lamoni, Iowa (30608 S. Smith St).

The event – “Making USDA Programs Work for You” – is free to attend and will include dinner at the end of the field day. RSVPs are appreciated for the meal by June 15.

To sign up, visit the event page at or call Debra Boekholder at (515) 232-5661. The field day is sponsored by Iowa Corn Growers Association and Organic Crop Exchange.

During the field day, Chad and Katie will share how they have funded a range of projects on their diverse Decatur County cut flower, produce and grass-fed heritage beef farm. Topics they’ll cover include:

  • Conservation programs
  • Whole-farm conservation
  • On-farm habitat
  • Tree planting
  • Grazing infrastructure, including fencing and water
  • The Conservation Stewardship Program
  • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • Programs through USDA’s Farm Service Agency

Full event details are available at

This event is part of Practical Farmers’ 2022 field day season, which includes 41 events hosted by farmers located across the state, and beyond, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum. Attendees can expect a welcoming atmosphere, a spirit of curiosity, a culture of mutual respect and farmers openly sharing their knowledge and experience.

The full roster of events – along with additional information about PFI field day policies and logistics – is available at For questions, contact the PFI office at or (515) 232-5661.

Practical Farmers’ 2022 field days are supported by Level A sponsors Albert Lea Seed; BioTill Cover Crops; Grain Millers Inc.; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; MOSA Certified Organic; Nori Carbon Removal; P&K Midwest; Sinclair Tractor; Sunderman Farm Management; and Van Wall Equipment.


About Practical Farmers: 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. To learn more, visit