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Wild Woods Farm field day will highlight unique land access options for farmers – July 7, in Iowa CityFor Release: June 20, 2018 Kate Edwards, of Wild Woods Farm The packing shed Kate Edwards built, and owns, on farmland she is currently leasing. Contacts: Kate Edwards | Wild Woods Farm | (319) 333-2980 | kate.wildwoodsfarm@gmail.com [...]

June 20, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Eight fruit and vegetable farms provided a profit-loss statement and simple balance sheet for four years (2013 – 2016). Five of the farms averaged more than $24,000/ac in gross revenue for the 4-year period. Four of the farms had a “favorable” four-year average net income ratio, ranging from 0.23 – 0.43. Number of years farming as a business ranged from 2 – 14 years. No two farm financial strategies or situations are the same. This report serves as a starting point for profitability conversations, and for farmers to compare their own numbers with their peers.

June 18, 2018 

RESEARCH REPORT

Practical Farmers’ 2018 field day guide is now available in print; features 40 farmer-led events across Iowa and MidwestFor Release: June 13, 2018 Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2018 field day guide is now available [...]

June 13, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

The last day of May was hot and sunny for Grade A Garden’s first PFI field day, but a delicious lunch in the shade and the openness of the hosts kept the 50 attendees energized and engaged throughout the day. Jordan Clasen and Whitney Brewer discussed vegetable crop production, use of the layers as fertility […]

June 7, 2018 

BLOG POST

Field day will explore unique vegetable farm business set-up, financials of starting a farm – June 21, near DecorahFor Release: June 6, 2018 Emily Fagan and Hannah Breckbill Contacts: Hannah Breckbill | Humble Hands Harvest | (507) 513-1502 | humblehandsharvest@gmail.com | humblehandsharvest.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | [...]

June 6, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Field day will explore garlic production and marketing – May 31, in JohnstonFor Release: May 10, 2018 Contacts: Jordan Clasen | Grade A Gardens | (515) 554-4306 | gradeagardens@gmail.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org JOHNSTON, Iowa — Jordan Clasen and Whitney Brewer, of [...]

May 10, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Four diversified vegetable farms planted strips of an annual flower mix. Farms assessed flower establishment and attractiveness to insects. Buckwheat dominated the mix, providing early blooms but perhaps to the detriment of other flowering species. After buckwheat bloomed, there was a gap before the cosmos began to bloom. Basil, dill and cilantro did not fare well in the mix; farmers would prefer to transplant or plant these species in monoculture blocks.

April 12, 2018 

RESEARCH REPORT

“What is entrusted to us, we should care for.”  This stewardship ethic seeped into each unit of Shane LaBrake’s 2-day tractor workshops. Being good stewards of the land, our bodies, our workers’ health, and yes, the machines themselves, he argued, builds an environment where fewer resources and time are needlessly wasted. He also reminded workshop […]

April 4, 2018 

BLOG POST

Beginning livestock farmers Caleb and Jacqueline Shinn have struggled to find affordable insurance coverage for their farm business. The Shinns will share details about their farm and the process they’ve gone through as they evaluate their risk-management options. Rodney Sebastian, with USDA Risk Management Agency, will discuss current insurance programs and risk assessment tools the Shinns could consider.

February 27, 2018 

FARMINAR

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and insects are critical to crop production and play a crucial role in our nation’s food supply. This farminar will provide a guide to restoring native prairie by offering recommendations for research & planning, site preparation, planting, and management. This information is applicable if you’re restoring many acres or considering a backyard project. Jessi and Dennis from Shooting Star Native Seeds will talk about how to choose a seed mix, how to eliminate weeds before you plant, what equipment is needed, and the management practices needed for continued growth of your pollinator habitat.

February 13, 2018 

FARMINAR