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In 2017, we started out on a journey to tell the story of regenerative grazing and its promise for the Iowa landscape. As we talked to more and more PFI farmers about the animals that made up the backbone of their farms, we realized we were onto something bigger – and more complex. High-tensile fences and electro-netting, mob grazing and manure packs, small grains and silvopasture are all part of it. But focusing on these innovative practices obscures the most important part of this story: It’s all about the people.
Our late co-founder Dick Thompson had something to say about this. He said it many times and in many ways, but the premise was the same: When cattle leave the farm, the people leave and the community begins to crumble. While livestock can work wonders for protecting soil, cleaning the water and even providing habitat for the birds and bees, at their core, they reveal things about ourselves and each other.
Organic Weed Control Series
Interest in mechanical cultivation is increasing. A new generation of farmers is interested in starting out by farming organically, or by transitioning their parents’ conventional operation to organic.
Mechanical weed control is a fundamental part of organic row crop farming. But it’s not just on organic farms: herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing problem on farms across the country, and cultivation is one tool that can slow the development of resistance and eliminate resistant weeds from fields.
This video series from PFI gathers knowledge from farmers who cultivate corn and soybeans, and aims to share that information with farmers looking to relearn this skill, start farming row crops organically – or simply wish to add a new method of weed control to their arsenal. Like our other work, you’ll see a variety of perspectives and a variety of tools. Everyone has their own way of controlling weeds, see some of their strategies in this series.
Iowa was once a national leader in small grains production, especially oats, but many farm families haven’t grown them for a generation. Over the past few years, more and more farmers have started seeing the benefits of diversifying their crop rotations and are trying to figure out how to bring small grains back to their farms.
Because they haven’t been grown on many farms for such a long time, even the production basics can be challenging. At Practical Farmers of Iowa, we’ve been trying to help with that process. To help bridge the knowledge gap, we created a range of resources to arm farmers with the information they need.
Check out our YouTube channel to see some of our recent uploads.
This podcast is a result of extensive interviews with PFI farmers – young and old, organic and conventional, and from every corner of the state. We also talked with a couple of scientists at Iowa State University who are strong PFI supporters and focus their careers on diversified rotations and small grains research.
Like everything else we do, this series is farmer-led. You can access the podcast on our website, or in your favorite podcasting platform.
We interviewed 17 different members of Practical Farmers of Iowa about their farm in this podcast series. Hear practical information from all types of farmers: new and experienced; young and old; small and large; horticulture, livestock and row-crop farmers. We talked with farmers about the issues most relevant to the farming community: the nitty gritty of growing and raising all sorts of plants and animals; on-farm research; protecting and improving soil and water quality; farm profitability; the challenges facing beginning farmers; building community in rural areas; and of course, food.
Farminars are Practical Farmers’ version of a webinar. These 90-minute online seminars are free and produced to help farmers learn about business and production issues that matter to them from the convenience of their homes
Farminars are held weekly each Tuesday during the winter months, and run from 7–8:30 p.m. CST. Most farminars are led by farmers, and many are presented in a “fish-bowl” format where attendees listen as an experienced farmer answers a beginning farmer’s questions. Farminars air live online and allow participants to ask questions of presenters in real-time.