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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 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 field day guide is [...]

June 13, 2017 


Practical Farmers’ 2017 main field day season is almost upon us! Our first event will take place on Sunday, May 21, at Blue Gate Farm, operated by Jill Beebout and Sean Skeehan. Over the coming weeks, to help highlight some of the many farmer-led learning opportunities this growing season — and the farmers hosting them […]

May 11, 2017 


In January, I went home to SE Iowa and brought the thermal camera with me. Family friends Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice invited me over for dinner, and we took the chance to look around their house with the camera. See more of the photos we took below. Tom and Kathy identified several places where […]

March 2, 2016 


In December, the PFI thermal camera went north with Bruce Vosseller to Oconomowoc, WI. Even though he lives in Wisconsin, Bruce has been a member of Practical Farmers of Iowa for over 15 years.  He wanted to use the camera to identify areas that cold air is coming into his house and areas where insulation could […]

February 16, 2016 


The next stop for the PFI thermal camera was Clarion Sage Farm near Waukee, owned and operated by Jennifer Miller and Cody Kilgore. Jennifer wanted to locate leaks in the farm’s newly constructed high tunnel, to see if it actually held its heat. She also used the camera to look at some areas of concern around […]

February 10, 2016 


In late December, the PFI Thermal Camera made its way to Berry Patch Farm near Nevada, owned by Dean and Judy Henry. Matt Howieson, an employee on the farm, used the camera to discover sources of leakage in their cooler and high-tunnels. He also took some fantastic pictures! (See below)

February 4, 2016 


In early December, the PFI Thermal Camera made its way to Bent Gate Farm, a field crop farm near Stanton owned and operated by Mark and Melanie Peterson. Mark used the camera to examine air leaks around their house. He looked particularly around the thermostat mounted on a south wall that seemed prone to being […]

January 8, 2016 


Good news for people interested in solar panels! The U.S. Congress recently extended the 30% Federal tax credit for new solar panel installations through 2019. This credit was originally set be reduced to 10% after 2016. As of now, the Iowa Solar Energy System Tax Credit, (50% of the Federal tax credit, or an additional […]

December 31, 2015 


In early November, the PFI Thermal Camera had a stay at Blue Gate Farm, a diversified farm run by Jill Beebout and Sean Skeehan near Chariton. Sean recently built a walk-in cooler to store their farm’s produce and wanted to see its effectiveness at holding in the cold air. He also looked at where heat was escaping their […]

November 18, 2015 


2,248 of you joined us for 40 field days across Iowa this growing season. Whether it was your first for fortieth field day, thanks for coming and joining in the great conversations and learning (and food, of course!). In addition 1,989 attended the Farm Crawl, an event Practical Farmers is happy to be able to […]

November 6, 2015