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Connect With PFI
Connect with Practical Farmers of Iowa
PFI is all about building resilient communities. We welcome everyone, and our community extends far beyond our membership and Iowa’s borders. We encourage you to explore the many ways to connect with PFI, and to be part of our community.
- Attend an Event
- Connect with us on Social Media
- Email Discussion Groups
- Email Newsletters
- Find Farmer Speakers
- Join PFI or Renew Your Membership
- Shop PFI
- Sponsor Opportunities
- Tell Your Story
- Feeling Isolated?
Attend an Event
We host events year-round that bring people together to network and learn from one another. These include on-farm field days, our annual conference, socials, workshops, retreats and more. Visit our event page to find an event for you.
Connect with us on Social Media
Members in the Practical Farmers of Iowa network represent a wide range of farms and organizations offering local foods, farm products, supplies and services. By supporting these farms and businesses you are helping us all build resilient farms and communities in Iowa and beyond.
By donating to Practical Farmers today, you enable us to continue our work of fostering grassroots networking among farmers in support of a sustainable agricultural landscape in Iowa. Your gift is tax-deductible.
Email Discussion Groups
Our email discussion groups instantly connect you with a network of members’ knowledge from the convenience of your smartphone, home or office. Become a member and join any of our 5 discussion groups: Announcements, Perspectives, Field Crops, Horticulture and Livestock.
Start conversations, seek advice and exchange ideas about any farming topic, sell equipment, farm products and services, and find markets.
We have six email newsletters you can subscribe to. Our weekly newsletter, Practical News is released weekly on Friday afternoons. Small Grains News and Beginning Farmer News are monthly updates, the Practical Cover Cropper is released 1 – 2 times per month and the Farmland Transfer Newsletter and The Practical Landowner are quarterly. You can also get e-mail updates for upcoming farminars. You do not have to be a PFI member to subscribe to our newsletters.
Work with the PFI team and agricultural stakeholders across the Midwest to create more resilient farming systems.
Find Farmer Speakers
To empower farmers to share their knowledge and experience, we coach our members in public speaking and help them tell compelling stories with confidence and clarity.
If you are planning an event, organizing a guest lecture, seeking a farming voice for a story or need to access farmer insights for any other reason, our farmer-leaders are ready to engage.
Join PFI or Renew Your Membership
By joining or renewing your membership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, you avail yourself of the wisdom and knowledge of an incredible community of innovative farmers, enlightened consumers and forward-thinking agricultural and environmental professionals.
Learn more about how your organization can support PFI and connect with our diverse network through annual sponsorship opportunities.
Tell Your Story
Practical Farmers seeks to empower and enable Iowa farmers to become spokespeople for an agriculture that protects the land, builds community and brings a new generation back to the farm.
Each farmer has an individual story to tell – about how he or she got started, learned a new technique, adopted a different practice, pursued a new enterprise, made a change and why, and much more.
Practical Farmers frequently needs help in our Ames office or setting up for events across Iowa. Volunteering with Practical Farmers of Iowa is a great way to experience life at a fast-paced sustainable agriculture nonprofit while helping achieve our mission. You will meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff and most likely will also get some delicious local food and our heartfelt gratitude!
Farming can be stressful, and sometimes isolating. Practical Farmers of Iowa’s board of directors, staff and members are available for anyone who would like to chat. Complete this form if you’d like someone to reach out to you:
Note: This form is not intended to connect you with agronomic, business, or any other advice. It is intended for individuals who may be in need of social support, and would like to connect with another PFI member.
Iowa Concern Hotline: Call 1-800-447-1985 to talk to a trained staff 24/7 that can either answer questions directly or get you in touch with experts who can provide additional information or support.