E-Mail Newsletters

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.

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Practical News (weekly)

DateIssue
August 20, 2021Practical News - Read the 2020 Cooperators' Program Report + Savings Incentive Program applications are open!
August 13, 2021Practical News - Research on soil health in agroforestry systems + New small-grain selector tool is live!
August 6, 2021Practical News - Check out virtual workshop recordings + Bonus footage from "Live From the Farm!"
July 30, 2021Practical News - PFI virtual workshops coming up in August + Blog on establishing on-farm habitat!
July 23, 2021Practical News - We released a new Find Cover Crops app + A host of horticulture "Catching Up" events next week!
July 16, 2021Practical News - We're hiring a next generation coordinator + 3 PFI field days next week!
July 9, 2021Practical News - First PFI field day is next Tuesday + RSVP for a "Catching Up" event!
July 2, 2021Practical News - PFI field days are back! Attend one of 14 this summer
June 25, 2021Practical News - Summer magazine is online + Join us next Tuesday for "Live From the Butcher"!
June 18, 2021Practical News - Photos from the first "Catching Up" event of the summer + PFI receives $980K grant from EPA!
June 11, 2021Practical News - Help us take bold action for Iowa’s future + Join us this summer for the landowner boot camp series!
June 4, 2021Practical News - "Live From the Farm" begins next Tuesday + We are hiring a communications manager!
May 28, 2021Practical News - Cabbage variety trial research published + Sign up for our new Spanish email newsletter Sembrando Resiliencia!
May 21, 2021Practical News - New PFI business directory launches + Blog on ways to maximize cover crop benefits in corn!
May 14, 2021Practical News - Introducing "Live From the Farm" + Read our 2020 annual report!
May 7, 2021Practical News - Magazine article on farm-to-school partnerships + Second year of research comparing cereal rye seeding dates and rates in corn!
April 30, 2021Practical News - PFI signs are getting planted across the state + Sponsor opportunities to support PFI's summer events!
April 23, 2021Practical News - The digital version of the spring magazine is online + On-farm jobs through our Labor4Learning program are still available!
April 16, 2021Practical News - The spring magazine is on its way to members' mailboxes + New field crops and vegetable research reports!
April 9, 2021Practical News - Let us know your interest in our summer Catching Up events + More research reports from PFI's Cooperators' Program!
April 2, 2021Practical News - New research on potting soil for vegetable seedlings + Join us for the final virtual field crop meet-up of the spring!
March 26, 2021Practical News - Show your love for PFI with a new mailbox or field sign + Pop-up farminar on edge-of-field practices next Wednesday!
March 19, 2021 Practical News - Virtual cover crop boot camp recordings available + Become a lifetime member of PFI!
March 12, 2021Practical News - Join us this summer for "Catching Up" + 17 on-farm jobs available through Labor4Learning!
March 5, 2021Practical News - Meet our newest staff members + Register for the 2021 virtual cover crop boot camp!
February 26, 2021 Practical News - We're hiring a livestock coordinator + Nominate someone for the 2021 Farmland Owner Legacy Award!
February 19, 2021 Practical News - Meet our updated board and executive committee members + Register for a virtual field crop farmer meet-up!
February 12, 2021 Practical News - Planting Corn in 60-in. Row-Widths for Interseeding Cover Crops + Register for the Fruit-Veg-Flower Farmer Virtual Meet-Up Series!
February 5, 2021 Practical News - Digital winter magazine is online + Sweet potato enterprise budgets!
January 29, 2021Practical News - Watch the virtual conference keynote & storytelling night + Shared learning call next week on fusarium head blight!
January 22, 2021 Practical News - Watch our new movie, "Livestock on the Land" + Paul & Nancy Ackley of Bedford receive 2021 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award!
January 15, 2021 Practical News - Register for the virtual annual conference + New oat selector tool variety trial!
January 8, 2021 Practical News - The winter magazine is on its way to mailboxes + Less than two weeks until the virtual annual conference!
January 1, 2021 Practical News - Happy new year + PFI's 2020 photo of the year!
December 25, 2020 Practical News - Happy holidays from PFI + Check out the different session types at the virtual conference!
December 18, 2020 Practical News - Hear why PFI members are excited for the virtual conference + Upcoming Explore Farming series registration is open!
December 11, 2020 Practical News - Virtual conference T-shirt revealed + Help us reach our fall donation goal of $25,000!
December 4, 2020 Practical News - Watch the trailer for PFI's first documentary film – "Livestock on the Land" + Watch the cover crop boot camp recordings!
November 27, 2020 Practical News - 2020 oat variety trial results are in + PFI is hiring a strategic initiatives manager!
November 20, 2020 Practical News - New Don't Farm Naked T-shirts available + PFI is seeking 2021 Labor4Learning trainers!
November 13, 2020 Practical News - Registration is OPEN for the 2021 annual conference + Jack Boyer recognized as Field to Market's 2020 Farmer of the Year!
November 6, 2020 Practical News - PFI receives $1.1 million grant + Attend a virtual social this fall!
October 30, 2020 Practical News - We're hiring a horticulture coordinator + Deliver a lightning talk at the annual conference!
October 23, 2020 Practical News - Autumn magazine now available online + Meet our annual conference keynote speaker!
October 16, 2020 Practical News - Seeking conference exhibitors + Join us in honoring the Bouska sisters next Tuesday!
October 9, 2020 Practical News - Honoring farmland owners + SIP applications due Monday!
October 2, 2020 Practical News - This year the annual conference is coming home!
September 25, 2020 Practical News - Meet our new AmeriCorps members + Seeking storytellers for the annual conference!
September 18, 2020Practical News - Save the date for the 2021 annual conference + Derecho relief funding available!
September 11, 2020Practical News - A member's experience with PFI's vegetable yield data site + Coffee & cover crop economics next Friday!
September 4, 2020Practical News - Vegetable farmers tell their derecho stories + Meet our new office assistant!
August 28, 2020Practical News - Video on options for derecho-damaged crops and cover crops + Cabbage variety trial results!
August 21, 2020Practical News - Our conference is going virtual – take our survey! + Seeding cover crops in downed corn
August 14, 2020Practical News - In storm's wake, PFI is here for you + Saying goodbye to our AmeriCorps volunteers!
August 7, 2020Practical News - Thank you for helping reach our donation goal for beginning farmers + More from the summer magazine!
July 31, 2020Practical News - "Rising to a Local Foods Challenge" + PFI member discount for six-week silvopasture course!
July 24, 2020Practical News - Summer magazine is on its way + Farm Aid relief payments available!
July 17, 2020Practical News - Young farmer explains pastured poultry system + Maximizing forage production with summer annuals!
July 10, 2020Practical News - Help us reach our donation goal for beginning farmers + Pop-up farminar on meat marketing!
July 3, 2020Practical News - Summer shirt sale + Help us grow the next generation of farmers!
June 26, 2020Practical News - Sarah Carlson honored by Field to Market + Farm aid relief payments available + Meet our newest staff member!
June 19, 2020Practical News - New PFI research measures the economic impact of grazing cover crops + Sign up for cover crop cost-share!
June 12, 2020Practical News - Field day guide arriving in mailboxes soon + A bird's-eye view for photo of the week!
June 5, 2020Practical News - Virtual field day season marches on + Missed a virtual field day? Watch the recordings!
May 29, 20202020 virtual field day season begins Saturday + Check out this year's lineup!
May 22, 2020Virtual field days begin May 30!
May 15, 2020Read our 2019 annual report + Blog on assessing small grain frost damage !
May 8, 2020PFI members continue to show their #PracticalResilience + A local food throwback to 2006!
May 1, 2020Now is the time to foster resilient farms and communities + Weekly virtual farmer meet-ups extended through June 12!
April 24, 2020Practical News - Meet our new intern + We are hiring: Apply for our open position!
April 17, 2020Practical News - Read about how vegetable farmers are crowdsourcing yield data + New blog on feeding hybrid rye to hogs!
April 10, 2020Practical News - Spring magazine is now available online + NEW COVID-19 resource page for farmers!
April 3, 2020Practical News - Share your stories of resilience + Join us for a weekly virtual farmer meet-up!
March 27, 2020Practical News - Watch Thursday's virtual cover crop field day + Farm retirement workshops are next week!
March 20, 2020Practical News - Virtual visioning sessions next week + Sign-up for cover crop cost-share!
March 13, 2020Practical News - Moving upcoming events online + On-farm jobs now available through Labor4Learning
March 6, 2020Practical News - Come to a visioning session to help inform our strategic plan + New adaptive grazing fact sheet!
February 28, 2020Practical News - Nominate someone TODAY for the Farmland Owner Legacy Award + Browse our new merch!
February 21, 2020Practical News - Meet the 2021 SIP class + One week to register for small grains conference!
February 14, 2020Practical News - Meet the new additions to PFI's board + The best of the past decade from PFI’s Cooperators Program!
February 7, 2020Practical News - New PFI research on interseeding 60-inch corn + Understanding oat variety protection!
January 31, 2020Practical News - Watch Nicole Masters present the conference keynote + Vegetable meet-ups start next week!
January 24, 2020Practical News - Last week to register for holistic management workshop + Blog on clover management!
January 17, 2020Practical News - Meet the 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award winner!
January 10, 2020Practical News - Annual conference begins next week + Vegetable farmer meet-ups announced!
January 3, 2020Practical News - 2020 farminar lineup announced + Pre-register for the annual conference by next Thursday!
December 27, 2019Practical News - Collaboration at the annual conference + Winter magazine is online!
December 20, 2019Practical News - Horticulture sessions at the conference + Member survey has been sent out!
December 13, 2019Practical News - Master researchers honored at the Cooperators' Meeting + Help us sustain our growth!
December 6, 2019Practical News - All about the pre-conference short courses + Blog on growing rural communities!
November 29, 2019Practical News - We are thankful for YOU members and supporters!
November 22, 2019Practical News - Meet the conference keynote speaker + Blog and upcoming farminar on winter grazing!
November 15, 2019Practical News - Conference registration is now open + Eat local this Thanksgiving!
November 8, 2019Practical News - Check out the new PFI logo!
November 1, 2019Practical News - Urban farming field day coming up + Join us for a farm transfer workshop!
October 25, 2019Practical News - Blog on apple production + A new section in Practical News!
October 18, 2019Practical News - PFI featured on PBS NewsHour + Meet our new Latino outreach contractor!
October 11, 2019Practical News - Measuring conservation on the farm!
October 4, 2019Practical News - One week left to apply for SIP! + Revisit this year's habitat field days
Sepember 27, 2019Practical News - Researching cover crops in Iowa + Join PFI now for a free gift!
September 20, 2019Practical News - 6 factors to consider when growing cereal rye for seed + Autumn magazine is on its way!
September 13, 2019Practical News - Field days back in action next week + Celebrating our 100th lifetime member!
September 6, 2019Practical News - Become a PFI member today!
August 30, 2019Practical News - On-farm research opportunities + Sign up for 2020 small grains cost-share!

August 23, 2019Practical News - Savings Incentive Program applications are open + Video from the small grains conference!

August 16, 2019Practical News - Video on summer lettuce variety trial + PFI receives $936K grant from EPA!
August 9, 2019Practical News - Register by Monday for the small grains conference + Aug. 18 beginning farmer social!
August 2, 2019Practical News - Field days back in action next week + Last day to register for Next Generation Summit!
July 26, 2019Practical News - New merch, new staff, new cover crop directory!
July 19, 2019Practical News - Meet our new farmer outreach coordinator + Riding in RAGBRAI? Visit PFI!
July 12, 2019Practical News - Honoring Lee Tesdell + New program allowing state-inspected meats across state lines!

July 5, 2019Practical News - Happy Fourth of July! + Pig health in alternative production systems

June 28, 2019Practical News - Summer magazine is on the way and online + Board member Nathan Anderson testifies on behalf of PFI!


June 21, 2019Practical News - Small grains conference registration is open + New video on cultivation equipment!

June 14, 2019Practical News - 6 field days next week + Several new faces at PFI this summer!

June 7, 2019Practical News - Field days in full swing + Research on 100% grass-fed beef quality!

May 31, 2019Practical News - Field day season starts Tuesday! + Prevented planting and cover crop options + New membership manager and more!
May 24, 2019Practical News - More organic weed control videos + Field day season inches closer!

May 17, 2019Practical News - 2019 field days announced!
May 10, 2019Practical News - 2018 Cooperators' Program Year in Review + Help us reach our goal of $30,000!

May 3, 2019Practical News - Video on interseeding cover crops in 60-inch corn + Planting no-till soybeans into a living cover crop!


April 26, 2019Practical News - Watch the first episode in our new video series on organic weed control!


April 19, 2019Practical News - Managing cereal rye cover crop before corn + Read our 2018 annual report!


April 12, 2019Practical News - View the spring magazine online + Attend a PFI grazing group!


April 5, 2019Practical News - RSVP for the last two "Map of My Kingdom" performances + Plenty of research reports & blogs to read!


March 29, 2019Practical News - New cover crop research from PFI + Join our habitat program steering committee!


March 22, 2019Practical News - Cover crop field days begin next week + Apply for one of our three job openings!

March 15, 2019Practical News - We're hiring! + Get ready for spring cover crop field days!
March 8, 2019Practical News - Dates and locations announced for 2019 spring cover crop field days!
March 1, 2019Practical News - Download our new podcast on small grain production + Welcome Jorgen to PFI staff!
February 22, 2019Practical News - Subscribe to our new cover crop newsletter + 2019 Labor4Learning trainers announced!
February 15, 2019Practical News - FindAFarmer.net redesign + Session slides are now available online!
February 8, 2019Practical News - What's new with cover crop cost-share? + Meet our new research assistant!
February 1, 2019Practical News - Join us at several events next week + 2018 Cooperators' Meeting video!
January 25, 2019Practical News - 4 reasons to attend our cover crop cost-share program dinner + new PFI research published!
January 18, 2019Practical News - Meet the 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award Recipients
January 11, 2019Practical News - Grazing cover crops for profit + conference news + several upcoming events!

January 4, 2019Practical News - 2019 winter farminar lineup announced! + sessions on integrated crop-livestock systems
December 28, 2018Practical News - Mitigating the cost of cover crops with grazing + networking opportunities at the annual conference!
December 21, 2018Practical News – Come cultivate connections at the annual conference!
December 14, 2018Practical News – Connecting over on-farm research + seeking silent auction donations!
December 7, 2018Practical News – What will our 2019 annual conference have for livestock farmers? + Recapping this year's field day season!
November 30, 2018Practical News – Annual conference short course breakdown + PFI grazing groups
November 23, 2018Practical News: THANK YOU + Beginning Farmer Retreat deadline is approaching!
November 16, 2018Practical News: We have a new website! + Cover crops at work signs

November 9, 2018Practical News: 2018 Fall Farminars Begin Next Tuesday + Field Day Season Concludes
November 2, 20182019 Annual Conference Registration is Now Open!
October 26, 2018Pollinator Field Day Recap + New PFI Vegetable Yield Data Website
October 19, 2018Delayed Winter Small Grains Planting Tips + New PFI Bookkeeper!
October 12, 2018Beginning Farmer Retreat Registration Now Open + New Merch!
October 5, 2018Don't Miss Your Chance! Apply for the Savings Incentive Program by Oct. 10

Small Grains News (monthly)

Monthly Small Grains Newsletter Issues
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
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February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
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March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
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April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018

Beginning Farmer News (monthly)

Monthly Beginning Farmer Updates
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
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December 2019
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December 2018
November 2018
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January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
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August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016

The Practical Cover Cropper (1-2 per month)

Date Issue
August 10, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: Drought and cover crops
July 27, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: PFI's new cover crop app + Blog on commonly used cover crops in Iowa!
July 12, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: DIY cover crop seed mixes
June 14, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: Expecting seed shortages + $5/acre pandemic cover crop program
June 3, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: Pandemic cover crop program & Engaging with landowners to cover crop rented ground
May 18, 2021 The Practical Cover Cropper: Roller-crimping + Iowa WQI cost share applications open!
May 4, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: Relay-cropping rye & soybeans + new research on planting green into corn!
April 20, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: Temperatures for terminating a cover + Planting green
April 6, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: Corn following cereal rye tips for success
March 23, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: Is your planter set-up cover crop ready? + Cost share applications open
February 23, 2021 The Practical Cover Cropper: Cows and calves love cover crops!
February 9, 2021The Practical Cover Cropper: Sequestering carbon with cover crops?
January 26, 2021 The Practical Cover Cropper: Frost seeding clover + IA crop insurance discount extended
December 31, 2020 The Practical Cover Cropper: Investing in resilience + Crop Insurance Discount + Carbon Markets
December 2, 2020 The Practical Cover Cropper: Late broadcast seeding cover crops + Cover Crop Bootcamp
November 11, 2020 The Practical Cover Cropper: Non-GMO soybeans with cover crops, bootcamp registration
October 22, 2020 The Practical Cover Cropper: Fall grazing + Introducing the Midwest Grazing Exchange
October 7, 2020 The Practical Cover Cropper: Early harvest enables earlier drill/planter seeding
September 17, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Diving into cover crop economics + Join us for coffee on Sept. 18
September 1, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Hurricanes in the Gulf means time to aerial seed
August 20, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Dealing with Derecho Impacts
July 23, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Trialing interseeding 60-inch rows with cover crops
July 2, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: July is the time to start thinking about this fall's cover crops!
June 18, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Cost-sharing cover crops with your landowner or tenant
June 5, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Omitting an herbicide pass with rye cover crop + PFI virtual field days!
May 23, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Growing rye for silage and pasturing calves!
May 6, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Get more cover crop biomass by planting green + IDALS cost share available!
April 25, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Growing out cover crops for grain or seed
April 11, 2020
The Practical Cover Cropper: Managing cover crops to maintain corn yield

March 25, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Virtual cover crop field day THURSDAY + Spring grazing cover crops!
March 11, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Spring frost seeding: “Just get the seed out there and it’ll do its job.”
January 9, 2020The Practical Cover Cropper: Frost-seeding cover crops + Pre-registration for the annual conference ends TODAY + Crop insurance discounts!

November 22, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Think it's too late to plant cover crops? Think again!
October 22, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Late seeding for rye cover crop + Crop insurance premium discounts!
October 3, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Seeding cover crops with speed
September 18, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Adjusting cover crop seeding rates for planting dates
August 27, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: When to pull the trigger for flying on cover crops this fall
August 6, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Overseeding cover crops and selecting cover crop varieties
July 23, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Cover crop directory online + Seeding cover crops!

June 25, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Cover crops for forage & silage
May 23, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Using cover crops to plant sooner after a heavy rain + PFI field day season is here!
April 30, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Spring cover crop management for organic and conventional corn and soybeans!
April 9, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Terminating cover crops ahead of corn
March 26, 2019The Practical Cover Cropper: Benefits of grazing cover crops + RSVP for spring field days!
March 12, 2019Spring cover crop field day dates and locations announced + We are hiring!
February 26, 2019Welcome to The Practical Cover Cropper + Sign-up for 2019 cost share!

Farmland Transfer Newsletter (quarterly)

DateIssue
July 28, 2020 Farm Transfer News: Don't miss our three-part Next Generation Summit Aug 4-7
March 27, 2020 Farm Transfer News: Farm retirement workshops moved online - April 1 & 9 at 10 a.m.
March 3, 2020 Farm Transfer News: Farm retirement workshops + Upcoming farminar on farm trusts!
January 3, 2020Farm Transfer News: Farm transfer at the PFI annual conference+ Article on conservation easements!
October 1, 2019Farm Transfer News: Upcoming PFI farm transfer workshops + Lots of farm transfer resources!
June 17, 2019Farmland Transition Newsletter: Get to a farmland field day + New website updates!

The Practical Landowner (quarterly)

DateIssue
February 25, 2021 The Practical Landowner: View session recordings from the virtual annual conference + Watch PFI's first film!
November 17, 2020 The Practical Landowner: Meet the recipients of PFI’s Farmland Owner Legacy Award
June 4, 2020 The Practical Landowner: Join us for a virtual field day this summer!
January 7, 2020The Practical Landowner: Check out our new landowner webpage + Sessions for landowners at our annual conference!