Programs

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.


Beginning Farmers

Starting out in farming? You are not alone! Practical Farmers members want to lend a hand.

Beginning Farmer Retreat 

Labor4Learning 

Find A Farmer

Savings Incentive Program 

Farm Employment FAQ


Farmer-Led Research

Through our farmer-led research program, the Cooperators’ Program, we help our members conduct research that’s relevant to their farms and farming priorities.

Cooperators’ Program

Research Protocols

Research Reports

Thompson Agriculture Alternatives


Farmland 

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.

Farm Transfer


Field Crops

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.

Small Grains  ·  Cover Crops  ·  U.S. Testing Network


Horticulture

Through our horticulture program, Practical Farmers facilitates farmer-led research, demonstration and educational events based on priorities identified by fruit and vegetable farmers.

Pesticide Drift ·  Local Foods


Livestock

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.


Policy

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.