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For the final episode of the first season of On-Farm, we visited the farm of Maria and Ron Rosmann of Rosmann Family Farms near Harlan. The Rosmanns have been instrumental in many of the most important agricultural movements of the last 30 years: They were pioneers in organic livestock and row crops, and were among the […]

August 31, 2017 


Field day will explore organic crop and hog production, water quality practices – Sept. 9, near HarlanFor Release: August 25, 2017Contacts: Ron and Maria Rosmann | Rosmann Family Farms and Farm Sweet Farm | (712) 627-4653 | farmsweetfarmiowa@gmail.com | facebook.com/rosmannfamilyfarms Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 [...]

August 25, 2017 


Conservation Stewardship Program: Major Changes and Sign-Up ProcessNovember 23, 2016 View Farminar Pre-recorded The USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program is the largest conservation program in the U.S. with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled. The program – intended to help producers improve soil and water quality and wildlife habitat on their farmland [...]

November 23, 2016 


In a Nutshell
• Planting cover crops, then grazing or
harvesting them, is a practical way to
effectively reduce nutrient pollution,
plus provide economic benefits to
cattle owners.
• This represents a win-win for livestock
producers and water quality for Iowa.
Key findings
• Four farmers in northwest Iowa
reported that in the fall and winter of
2015, cover crops provided 0.07 to
3.74 tons of dry matter per acre.
• Grazing this cover saved farmers
$1,306 to $22,801 in hay or other
stored feed expenses

November 9, 2016 


Field day will explore how farmers can make cover crops work on their land – Nov. 16, near NashuaFor Release: November 2, 2016 Download PDF (88 KB) NASHUA, Iowa — Adding cover crops to farmland can offer numerous benefits, from improving soil health and reducing weed pressure to improving the quality of water entering local [...]

November 2, 2016 


PFI joined the Tallgrass Prairie Center (TPC) and Luze Family Farm, near Dysart, for a field day focused on establishing and evaluating prairie strips on farms.  Randy Luze first encountered the Tallgrass Prairie Center in 2011. Randy had experience with cover crops and terraces, but knew more could be done on the farm for conservation. […]

October 7, 2016 


The national convention and trade show of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever took place in Des Moines from Feb. 20-22. On Saturday, Ryan Heiniger, North Regional Manager for Pheasants Forever, moderated a three-hour special session on “Water Quality, Agriculture, and Wildlife.” PFI members Bill Northey, Dick Sloan, and Seth Watkins all spoke about farm conservation practices to improve […]

February 26, 2015 


PFI Announces Water Quality Issues and Transitioning to Organic Production Field DayFor Release: June 7, 2010 Download PDF (244 KB) View Fullscreen

June 7, 2010 


Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day on Water Quality, Sustainable Farm SystemsFor Release: August 8, 2008 Download PDF (245 KB) View Fullscreen

August 8, 2008