Member Priorities

Beginning Farmers

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

Find A Farmer  ·  Savings Incentive Program

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.

U.S. Testing Network  ·  Small Grains  ·  Corn Population Catalog  ·  Cover Crops


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


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.

Local Foods

Through our Local Food Program, we strive to foster strong communities based on diverse ties between farmers and non-farmers by organizing events and connecting non-farmers with farmers near them.


Through our Energy Program, we work with farmers to understand and reduce on-farm energy use and implement and evaluate efficient and renewable energy solutions.


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.

Farm Transfer

There is a tremendous farmland transition about to take place. Fifty-six percent of Iowa farmland is owned by people over the age of 65, according to Iowa State University. Thirty percent of Iowa farmland is owned by those older than 75 years of age.

Practical Landowner Services

Through Practical Landowner Services, staff of Practical Farmers meet with you and your farmer partner to develop a plan of action to implement in-field crop production practices that will better control erosion, retain moisture, promote healthy soil biology, and better cycle nutrients in the soil. That plan may include cover crops, adding a small grain, and multi-tool weed management.