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Farmers Jim and LeeAnn Van Der Pol are in their 60s and ready to decrease their roles in the family farm and meat business. How are they turning over management and ownership to their son and daughter-in-law? Transfer must allow the older generation to be out of the way of the ambitions of the younger ones, while respecting the feelings of the older generation regarding the equity and business they have put their lives into building. Feelings are as important as dollars. Family good health and unity depend on it.Join the Van Der Pols and farm transition attorney Rachel Dahl to learn how they’re navigating these issues and more.

November 14, 2017 


Dan Wilson, who farms in Northwest Iowa, recently suggested I read Joel Salatin’s post in the latest Stockman Grass Farmer. I am summarizing some of the column here. Not to embarrass Dan, but he and wife Lorna are working hard to put into place the tips listed below, including their amazing work to develop a […]

September 28, 2017 


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 | DES MOINES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa will host an awards ceremony and [...]

August 4, 2017 


They are leaders on farm transitions. (And there are so many more!) The late William and Mary Gilbert, Iowa Falls, Iowa, for leaving an agricultural legacy. William and Mary rewarded their offspring according to the contributions they made to the farm. Their vision and practice made it easier for son John and wife, Beverly, to […]

July 14, 2017 


Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day guide is now available in print; features 32 farmer-led events across IowaFor Release: June 13, 2017 Download PDF (108 KB) Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 field day guide is [...]

June 13, 2017 


Practical Farmers’ 2017 main field day season is upon us! Over the coming weeks, to help highlight some of the many farmer-led learning opportunities this growing season — and the farmers and farmland owners hosting them — we’ll be spotlighting many of the PFI farmers who are graciously giving their time to share their knowledge […]

June 8, 2017 


Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman of Resilient Farms near Red Oak in southwest Iowa were our guests on the show this week. On this episode, we talk about retiring on the family farm, farm transfer, working with farm operators, riparian buffers, prairie strips and their upcoming field day on June 15 about conversation practices.

June 1, 2017 


Over the years, Clark Porter and his family have worked hard to increase conservation – including planting cover crops, expanding grassed waterways, incorporating buffer strips, and experimenting with rotations of oats — on the Grundy County land the family has owned since 1873. “I grew up riding my pony behind my grandfather on our land, […]

May 11, 2017 


Map of My Kingdom has now been performed 56 times — and two more performances are already scheduled. An average of 50 people have attended each performance, so that’s 2,800 who have seen this PFI-commissioned play! After Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander wrote this work that covers the tough questions involved in farmland transitions, Mary […]

April 6, 2017 


New guide helps farmland owners with successionFor Release: March 22, 2017 Download PDF (83 KB) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA CLIVE, Iowa — Peoples Company has just released a new guide full of tips from farmland owners and other experts about how to tackle farmland succession. The guide – “Your Farmland and the Future: Setting Goals, Taking [...]

March 22, 2017