Practical Farmers of Iowa offers FREE 90-minute, interactive online seminars on a wide variety of farming topics. Broadcast over the Internet, Farminars are held Tuesdays from 7–8:30 pm CST. Check out our current lineup below. Register today to hear about the latest learning opportunities by email.
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This spring has presented challenging conditions for farmers hoping to plant corn and soybeans in Iowa and across much of the Midwest. Also, cover crops have become a popular choice for farmers looking to enhance soil health, improve soil structure, prevent erosion and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loss on their farms. But many questions remain about which cover crop varieties to select and the practical management questions farmers must consider for all scenarios. Practical Farmers of Iowa along with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa/Iowa Certified Crop Advisers, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship invite you to learn and ask questions about how cover crops can successfully fit into prevented planting acres this year.
To participate in the farminar go to: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/farminar Click "Enter as a Guest" and type in your first and last name. Click "Enter Room"
Note for Certified Crop Advisors
If watching live: to receive CCA soil and water credits sign into the farminar using your last name followed by your 6-digit CCA number. Ex: Carlson123456.
If watching archived version: to receive CCA soil and water credits contact Joan O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515.262.8323 by 5pm Monday, June 24 to receive credit.
*Farminar will be archived on the Practical Farmers of Iowa website but will not be available for CCA credits after 5pm Monday, June 24.
March 19 - Cover Crop Decision-Making Tools
Just getting started with cover crops or want to hone your cover crop selections? Learn more about two online tools, the SmartMix (cover crop) Calculator, developed by Green Cover Seed of Bladen, NE and the Cover Crop Selector Tool developed by the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group in Ames, IA. Both resources are available online for farmers and landowners to improve their cover crop decision-making.
March 26 - Network with other PFI Beginning Farmer Trainees and Trainers
Beginners, learn how to be an excellent employee and learn the most on the job this summer. Farmer employers, hear how farmers make time for a better learning experience for employees.
April 2 - How to Hire Farm Laborers, By the Books
Have you thought about hiring farm employees but feel confused or unsure where to start? This farminar is for you.
Learn from two farmers about their experiences hiring farm laborers across the spectrum, from H-2A visa holders and migrant seasonal contractor crews, to regular part-time workers and full-time employees. Listen in as the farmers ask questions of experts from each regulatory agency that Iowa farmers will need to work with in order to be legally compliant farm employers.
Labor Regulation Experts