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The Farm Service Agency recently announced some changes to their Farm Storage Facility Loan Program that should benefit small and beginning local food producers. The FSFL program was initially launched in 2000 to serve commodity crops, and has undergone many changes since then to help diversified, small-scale, and beginning farmers expand their businesses. The loan can now be used to […]

May 6, 2016 


Are you an aspiring farmer looking to get the necessary experience to start your own farm operation? Are you struggling to decide between gaining this experience and earning an income to support your current and future needs? PFI’s Labor4Learning program is designed for you: fourteen experienced PFI farmers from around the state have committed to hire […]

February 12, 2016 


This past year in Iowa saw record interest in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), with applications far exceeding the funding available. By the March 2015 application cutoff date there were 1,583 applicants, leaving over 600 of them unfunded. That’s actually good news for Iowa’s natural resources, because this competitive program rewards the farmers implementing practices […]

October 13, 2015 


Whether you’re a farmer or a friend of farmer, if you have an interest in the health of Iowa’s soil and water, consider joining your local Soil and Water Conservation District as a commissioner or assistant commissioner. Currently, 44 Practical Farmers of Iowa members are serving in their local districts, but we believe more PFI members should […]

August 13, 2015 


It’s no surprise that most landowners are aware of the Conservation Reserve Program, as it’s the largest private-lands conservation program in the U.S. It was signed into law in 1985 to make rental payments to farmers for removing environmentally sensitive farmland from agricultural production through 10-15 year contracts. A recent survey of PFI members show […]

July 27, 2015 


The Practial Farmers of Iowa land-matching website has been redesigned with new and improved features. For those who aren’t familiar, FindAFarmer.net is a tool intended to help connect landowners with land-seekers and facilitate the exchange of farmland to the next generation of farmers. Both parties share information about their land or their land needs, and users are able […]

May 7, 2015 


Though Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Labor4Learning program has only two years under its belt, its already proved to be a useful stepping-stone for beginning and aspiring farmers on the path to running their own operation. There are many obstacles aspiring farmers face when getting started on their own, such as the difficulty of acquiring necessary […]

February 24, 2015 


After two successful years under its belt, Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Labor4Learning program is gaining momentum and continues to connect established Iowa farms with enthusiastic employees from PFI’s beginning farmer network. The Labor4Learning program is intended to be mutually beneficial for both parties: experienced farmers find good quality workers, help train the next generation of […]

December 18, 2014 


Remember getting $10 as a graduation gift, or maybe even $50?  Ever hit the jackpot with $2400? Yeah, me neither.  But graduates of the Savings Incentive Program did!  Completing the Savings Incentive Program nabbed these individuals up to an extra $2400 to match dollar for dollar with their own savings.  So that’s a potential 4800 […]

September 2, 2014 


Beginning farmers: Get paid farming experience through Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Labor4Learning Program – Apply by Feb. 28For Release: February 14, 2014 Download PDF (159 KB) View Fullscreen

February 14, 2014