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Practical Farmers of Iowa works to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities. Our values include: welcoming everyone; farmers leading the exchange of experience and knowledge; curiosity, creativity, collaboration and community; resilient farms now and for future generations; and stewardship of land and resources. Our programs are guided by the interests and priorities of our members.
Starting out in farming? You are not alone! Practical Farmers members want to lend a hand.
Through our farmer-led research program, the Cooperators’ Program, we help our members conduct research that’s relevant to their farms and farming priorities.
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A strong land ethic unites our members, and at Practical Farmers, we want to help you protect, enhance and pass on your corner of the earth.
Field-crop farmers are still the largest membership contingency at Practical Farmers. Learn about our work with these farmers to improve their profitability, stewardship and farmer-to-farmer community.
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Through our horticulture program, Practical Farmers facilitates farmer-led research, demonstration and educational events based on priorities identified by fruit and vegetable farmers.
Through our livestock program, we work with farmers to conduct on-farm research, hold pasture walks and field days, and host educational events based on priorities identified by our livestock farmer members.
Our policy work is focused on getting practical tools into the hands of farmers. We are proponents for key Farm Bill policies that target conservation, beginning farmers and sustainable agriculture research. At the state level, we work closely with Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners and on Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy issues.