PFI’s Cooperators’ Program gives farmers practical answers to questions they have about on-farm challenges through research, record-keeping, and demonstration projects. The Cooperators’ Program began in 1987 with farmers looking to save money through more judicious use of inputs. In the early days, PFI Cooperators researched the effect of different rates of nitrogen fertilizers on corn yield and how to successfully add cover crops to the farming system. Today PFI has increased its on-farm research projects to include grazing, horticulture, on-farm energy, and food purchasing projects. Since 1987 PFI Cooperators have conducted over 800 experiments on-farm and shared that information with neighbors and other farmers.
PFI encourages members to participate in on-farm research and demonstration projects. Find out how to get involved.
Each February, PFI Cooperators get together in Ames to brainstorm project ideas and determine the year's research priorities. View highlights and photos from the 2013 Cooperators' Meeting.
What cultivator modifications are best to improve weed control? What winter feeding regimes work best in a no-grain system? These are just a few of the research priorities identified at the 2012 Cooperators' Meeting. View the complete list of project ideas or read the press release.