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Registration is open for Practical Farmers’ 2018 annual conference, “Revival” — new conference website is live Featuring keynote speaker James Rebanks, 50+ sessions, soils short course and more For Release: November 22, 2017 Brochure cover for PFI’s 2018 annual conference James Rebanks (c) Eamonn McCabe Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical [...]

November 22, 2017 

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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 In this reflection, I will be highlighting some of the topics we dug into during the […]

November 3, 2017 

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“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 

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

October 4, 2017 

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PFI Cooperators’ Program celebrates 30 years of farmer-led on-farm researchFor Release: September 28, 2017 Tom Frantzen, New Hampton Dick Sloan, Rowley Jeff Olson, Winfield Contacts: Nick Ohde | Research & Media Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] Stefan Gailans | Research & Field Crops Director | Practical Farmers of Iowa [...]

September 28, 2017 

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“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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We have the second video presentation up from last month’s conference – “Rotationally Raised: Making Small Grains Work”. This presentation is by South Dakota farmer Lee Brockmueller, who presented about how small grains benefit his crops, bottom line and livestock. His presentations cover all the basics of raising both winter wheat and oats, from variety […]

September 14, 2017 

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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 […]

September 7, 2017 

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On August 17, nearly 80 people gathered in Ames to attend our first conference focused exclusively on small grains. We opened with lunch and a keynote from Don Halcomb, the chairman of the Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council, sharing the history of how growers in Kentucky came together to create a small grains association and a […]

 

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Field day will explore regenerative grazing, grass-fed beef – Sept. 16, near BellevueFor Release: September 1, 2017 Contacts: Jamie Hostetler | Rolling Meadows Farm | (815) 718-1100 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] BELLEVUE, Iowa – Jamie Hostetler has a passion for [...]

September 1, 2017 

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