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Farmers in Practical Farmers’ Cooperators’ Program conduct on-farm research to better answer their most challenging farming questions.
Since 1987 when the Cooperators’ Program began, more than 240 different farmers have conducted nearly 1,300 research trials on their farms. Results from this research are shared through research reports, PFI’s quarterly magazine (formerly called newsletter), in various agriculture magazines, at field days and workshops, and at our annual conference and annual Cooperators’ Meeting.
Knowledge from these research projects has influenced both farmers and university researchers to tweak their designs to better fit farmers’ needs — and even been the foundation for ground-truthing hypotheses that ultimately led to university research projects.
The Cooperators’ Meeting is a two-day event where our farmer members gather to discuss past research and plan on-farm research for the next year.
Read and download reports of novel on-farm research projects designed and led by farmers in field crops, horticulture, livestock, energy and more.
What does it mean to be a Cooperator?