Winter Webinars

Join Us for Our 2024 Winter Webinar Series

Winter webinars are 60-minute, online presentations that are FREE for everyone. We encourage attendees to come with questions for the chat box! Webinars are held on Tuesdays, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time from January to April.

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How to Participate

Participating in live winter webinars is easy!

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We use Zoom as our webinar platform. Never used Zoom before? There is a simple, one-time download on whichever device you plan to use. Note: attendees do not need microphone or video capabilities to participate.

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2. Register to join using the buttons below that correspond to the winter webinar you wish to attend. Browse our winter webinar (formerly called “farminars”) archive to watch the past recordings or subscribe to our YouTube channel to never miss a webinar!


Schedule

Precision Conservation: Increasing Profitability and Conservation on Your Farm

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Noon-1 p.m.

Speakers: Jacob Bolson & Stephanie Nelson

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Have you ever wondered when it’s best to remove portions of your field from crop production? Farm-specific ag data can pinpoint marginal areas of your farm where it costs more to grow a crop than what you’ll earn from those acres. Join row crop farmer Jacob Bolson as he leads a live virtual tour of his acreage, which is enrolled in a new five-year contract with the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program for pollinator habitat.

Stephanie Nelson, of Pheasants Forever, will then explain how yield and satellite data lends itself to conservation analysis. She’ll also discuss the services and incentives Pheasants Forever can provide if you are considering conservation changes on your farm.

Jacob and Lindsay Bolson pose with their four children outside on their farm. Jacob Bolson lives with his wife, Lindsay Bolson, and their four children on an acreage outside of Hubbard, Iowa. In 2021, the couple used PFI’s Find A Farmer program to rent their first farm. Jacob and Lindsay maintain full-time careers and are actively engaged with Lindsay’s family farm in Hardin and Wright counties.

 

Close up of Stepanie Nelson as she smiles for the camera. Stephanie Nelson is optimistic about opportunities for vibrant habitat to coexist with profitable farms in Iowa. As the Iowa precision agriculture and conservation specialist for Pheasants Forever, she analyzes data for farmers and landowners to help identify unprofitable areas they can target for conservation practices. She is a PFI member and the farmer owner of Tuuli Farm near Turin, Iowa, where she continues to create a diversified landscape.


Diversifying Pollinator Habitat on a Multi-Generational Illinois Farm

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 | Noon-1 p.m.

Speakers: John & Nancy Brannaman

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Are you looking to diversify your pollinator habitat? Are you tired of the endless mowing of brome and bluegrass? Do you want information on local, hardy seed sources? Join Nancy and John Brannaman as they showcase the ongoing conservation efforts on their Illinois farm.

Over the years, the Brannamans have added native prairie mixes, Conservation Reserve Program wetland mixes and Conservation Stewardship Program pollinator plots to their land. More recently, they’ve contracted with Pheasants Forever to seed another 13 acres of CRP pollinator habitat. In this webinar, Nancy and John will discuss how they do this work. You’ll learn about the seed and equipment they use, like extenders for small seeds. They’ll also explain how they prepare the seed bed and handle mowing, weeding and burning.

Nancy and John Brannaman smile for the camera outside on their farm. Nancy Brannaman is a sixth-generation farm owner actively working to bring young farmers to her land. Throughout her career, Nancy was a pioneer for women in agriculture. Her roles spanned topics and the globe, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, to agricultural development in post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia, to multiple roles at the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service in seven different countries.


Recordings

Goat Milk? Dairy Goats 101

Are you interested in raising dairy goats? Join us for a Spanish-interpreted webinar with Emily Morgan, who will share how she started Aiyana’s Empire Dairy Goats and how she uses value-added products in her operations.

¿Está interesado en criar cabras lecheras? Acompáñenos para un seminario web interpretado en español con Emily Morgan, quien compartirá cómo comenzó Aiyana’s Empire Dairy Goats y cómo utiliza productos de valor agregado en sus operaciones.

Turning Point: Key Moments for Two Farms Over Two Decades

Over the course of 20 years, practically anything can and will happen on a small-scale, diversified farm that specializes in growing vegetable crops, raising poultry and selling quality food locally. In this webinar, hear Jill Beebout and Fob Faux, two experienced PFI horticulture farmers, talk about key moments and important decisions that made a difference, for good or bad, in their operations.

Figuring Out Funding Conventional and Unconventional Sources to Grow a Farm

Since starting Over the Moon Farm & Flowers, Anna Hankins and Shae Pesek have matured not only as farmers but also as business owners. Figuring out funding through both conventional and unconventional sources has been an important part of their development. In this winter webinar, Anna and Shae share what they’ve learned about accessing lines of credit, local programs, statewide grants and PFI programs to build and sustain their farm business.

Creating habitat for pollinators and natural predators of crop pests can boost production but occasionally, wildlife doesn’t align with the farm’s production and sales goals. Learn from Jill Beebout of Blue Gate Farm and Rob Faux of Genuine Faux Farm as they discuss ways they encourage the allies that help in their food production, and how they deal with adversarial relationships with deer, woodchuck, gnats and other critters.

When Scott and Megan Booher bought their farm in 2016, the clay-rich soil was depleted of nutrients, so they used compost, biochar, worm castings and trace minerals to amend the soil on a portion of those acres to begin their hemp operation. In the ensuing years, they became certified organic and have experimented with reduced tillage and cover crops. Now called Four Winds Farm, their operation is one of relatively few farms in Iowa licensed to grow and sell various value-added hemp products. Learn about Megan and Scott’s decision to grow hemp in Iowa, what they’ve done to improve the soil on their farm and the hemp products they sell.

At Mastodon Valley Farm, Peter has developed a unique meat CSA subscription model, which he’s been using for the last 10 years to successfully direct-market his farm’s regenerative meats. Peter shares the details of his system, talks about how to build and manage an e-commerce website, and shares how to decide the best way to market your farm’s products depending on your context.

Wendy Johnson has designed her farm for rotationally grazing her Isle-de-France sheep. From grazing covers to planting silvopasture, Wendy explains why she loves the adaptability and resiliency of her wool sheep. She also shares how she’s used third-party certifications to build a market for her meat and wool.

An Alternative Third Crop? Relay Cropping Winter Camelina With Soybeans

Robert Harvey worked for the last two years with Heartland Co-op’s Ruth McCabe to successfully relay crop winter camelina and soybeans on his Redfield, Iowa, farm. In 2023, Robert harvested his first successful crop of winter camelina from this system and he is looking forward to a prospective third crop that fits in his corn and soybean rotations. Learn more in this webinar.

Adding trees to your farm can help both you and the pollinators on your farm in a range of ways. In this webinar, the Bouska sisters discuss some of the conservation practices, such as woodlots and pollinator plots, they have put to use on their farm. Zach Burhenn, of Iowa Native Trees and Shrubs, offers tips on site and species selection, long-term maintenance and the benefits of planting trees on your farm.

 

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