Join or Renew

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.

Membership in Practical Farmers means supporting a future where diverse farms work with nature for mutual benefits, and communities are alive with healthy food and strong connections between farmers and non-farmers. As a member you will also receive these exclusive benefits:

  1. A subscription to The Practical Farmer, our quarterly magazine (formerly called newsletter) filled with informative articles on a range of agricultural topics, member profiles, research reports, notices of events and development opportunities, book reviews, and more.
  2. Access to our lively, members-only email discussion groups, where you can pose questions and share information with other members.
  3. Steep discounts to our well-attended, information-dense annual conference that takes place each January.
  4. The opportunity to participate in our Cooperators’ Program and receive support from Practical Farmers to design and execute an on-farm research project.
  5. Eligibility for special Practical Farmers programs, such as our Savings Incentive Program and Labor4Learning Program.
  6. Opportunities to find new markets for your farm products.
  7. Events! Funding or cost assistance to attend certain non-Practical Farmers events that might take place during the year. In 2018, we held 147 events.  Those events included on-farm research trials, online webinars, on-farm field days, annual conference sessions, a beginning farmer retreat, several in-depth workshops and much more!
  8. The opportunity to network with experienced farmers who sincerely want to help you succeed.
  9. Being part of a strong 35-year organization that believes in making farmers a top priority!

Contact Steve Carlson at (515) 232-5661 or steve@practicalfarmers.org with any questions you may have about membership.

Starting or renewing a Practical Farmers membership is easy and takes just a few minutes. You can even purchase a membership as a gift for a friend, neighbor, or family member.


Lifetime Membership

A lifetime membership with Practical Farmers of Iowa gives you the same benefits as a yearly membership, but it is a one- time payment of $1,000 and ensures your membership never lapses.

Lifetime Membership


Pay online

The quickest way to start or renew a membership in Practical Farmers is to pay by credit card using our secure online system. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.


Pay by mail

If you prefer, you are welcome to print the membership form below and mail it, along with a check, to: Practical Farmers of Iowa, 1615 Golden Aspen Dr, Suite 101, Ames, IA 50010.


Gift memberships

A gift of membership in Practical Farmers is a gift of knowledge and community. If you’d like to start a membership for a friend, neighbor, or family member, please use the link below.