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For those who missed the field day on soil regeneration hosted by Chris & Janenne Teachout near Shenandoah on Aug. 29, or for those who want to re-acquaint themselves with some of it, check out the “highlight reel” we’ve compiled below. The video features Chris, as well as Dr. Jill Clapperton, discussing cover crop practices […]

September 14, 2017 

BLOG POST

Field day will explore farm potholes, prairie strips in row crops – Aug. 31, JeffersonFor Release: August 16, 2017 Jerry and Tom Peckumn Contacts: Jerry Peckumn | (515) 370-0077 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] JEFFERSON, Iowa – Many Iowa farm fields [...]

August 16, 2017 

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Cover Crop Economics: Thoughts and DataAugust 1, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded Ken Rulon is part of the seven-generation tradition of sustainable and environmentally responsible farming at their family farm, Rulon Enterprises in Arcadia, Indiana. One of the farm’s objectives is to increase the organic matter content of the soil while still maximizing profits. This presentation [...]

August 1, 2017 

FARMINAR

Throughout Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day season, we are spotlighting many of the PFI farmers who are graciously giving their time to share their knowledge at these events, as well as members who make the journey to attend them. Watch practicalfarmers.org and “Practical News,” our weekly email newsletter, for details and updates! Wendy Johnson and […]

July 27, 2017 

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Field day will explore how to profitably manage farm potholes – Aug. 3, Charles CityFor Release: July 18, 2017 Wendy Johnson and Johnny Rafkin Contacts: Wendy Johnson | Joia Food Farm | (562) 852-7044 | [email protected] | joiafoodfarm.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] [...]

July 18, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

This week on the show, On-Farm was back on the road, this time stopping at Joia Food Farm near Charles City to talk to PFI Board Vice President Wendy Johnson. Wendy and her husband Johnny own and operate the farm, where they raise a little of everything, from chickens and turkeys to pigs and sheep […]

July 13, 2017 

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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 

BLOG POST

Resilient Farms field day will highlight conservation practices, landowner’s role in stewardship – June 15, Red OakFor Release: May 31, 2017 Download PDF (107 kB) Maggie and Steve on Resilient Farms Maggie planting a sycamore, autumn 2015 Steve working on the farm Field day details — from 2017 field day guide Contacts: Maggie McQuown | [...]

May 31, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

In a Nutshell
• Wild bird populations can thrive in
properly managed working landscapes.
• Cattle activity changes grassland structure;
creating areas with short and tall
vegetation, which provides habitat that
is less available in conservation areas.
• Rotationally grazed pastures have
the capacity to support greater bird
populations, for some species, than
conservation areas that are not grazed.
Key findings
• Restored prairie in a conservation area
supported 285 birds of 21 species.
• Rotationally grazed perennial pasture
supported 553 birds of 22 species.
• Rotationally grazed perennial+annual
pasture supported 524 birds of 28
species.
• Pastures better supported some birds
that have conservation implications,
than the restored prairie.

December 6, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

Farmers invited to workshop on adding pollinator habitat – Aug. 20, TripoliFor Release: August 9, 2016 Download PDF (82 kB) Sarah Foltz Jordan, pollinator conservation specialist with Xerces Society Rob and Tammy Faux, Genuine Faux Farm Steve Schmidt A native bumblebee visits an aster flower. Contacts: Lauren Zastrow | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) [...]

August 9, 2016 

NEWS RELEASE