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Beginning farmers face a whole range of barriers to overcome when starting a successful farm business. Accessing startup capital and land, building a market, finding a balance between farm work and family life, and overcoming production challenges are among the many issues beginners have to navigate. Beginning vegetable farmer Jenny Quiner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens, and beginning livestock farmers Bill and Stacey Borrenpohl will discuss the challenges they’ve faced as well as their strategies for overcoming them.

January 30, 2018 

FARMINAR

A group of farmers traveled to Ohio in August to spend a day at Dave Brandt’s farm. This blog accompanies the article in the Autumn 2017 Practical Farmer “Members Reflect on Lessons Learned in Ohio.” By Sally Hertz Gran Sally Hertz Gran stands in the pasture at Berry Family Farm in Pleasantville, Ohio. In this […]

November 3, 2017 

BLOG POST

Field day will explore hand tools, implements for small vegetable farms – Nov. 5, in Iowa CityFor Release: October 24, 2017Contacts: Jason Grimm | (319) 622-3264 | jason@ivrcd.org | growjohnsoncounty.org Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org IOWA CITY, Iowa – For vegetable farmers, using [...]

October 24, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

“Land is like our checking account – we can’t take out more than we put in,” said Jamie Hostetler, to an audience of 165 people at his field day in September. Jamie and his family operate a grass-fed beef farm, raising Red Devon cattle and specializing in seed stock production. The cattle are rotationally grazed […]

October 11, 2017 

BLOG POST

Field day will explore lessons learned on a beginning vegetable farm, draft-horse power – Oct. 21, in HancockFor Release: October 4, 2017Contacts: Jayme Fowler | Wild Furrow Farm | (402) 290-5856 | jayme.fowler@gmail.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org HANCOCK, Iowa – For beginning [...]

October 4, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

PFI Cooperators’ Program celebrates 30 years of farmer-led on-farm researchFor Release: September 28, 2017Contacts: Nick Ohde | Research & Media Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | nick@practicalfarmers.org Stefan Gailans | Research & Field Crops Director | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515)232-5661 | stefan@practicalfarmers.org AMES, Iowa — In 1987, a small [...]

September 28, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

“Give ’em some grass, water, and salt,” says Russ Wischover, “And cash the check at the end of the year. That’s my kind of livestock!” Russ, who farms in in Bedford, just north of the Missouri border, has converted his farm into pastureland over the last six years. He’s a proponent of using very little […]

September 18, 2017 

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Field day will explore dried flower production at Howell’s Greenhouse and Floral – Sept. 23, near CummingFor Release: September 7, 2017Contacts: Fred Howell | Fred’s Greenhouse and Floral | (515) 981-0863 | howellfloral.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org CUMMING, Iowa – For beginning [...]

September 7, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

In mid-August, 60 people visited Lost Lake Farm to learn about one of Iowa’s newest dairies. Kevin and Ranae Dietzel built a milking parlor and cheesery in 2016 – where 21 cows are milked and where that milk is turned into artisan cheese.  “We make cheese to add value to milk on the farm,” said […]

 

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Award ceremony will honor 2017 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipients – Aug. 24, Des MoinesFor Release: August 4, 2017 Download PDF (103 KB) Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org DES MOINES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa will host an awards ceremony and [...]

August 4, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE