Field days have been a core part of Practical Farmers since the beginning, when farmers would come together to share details of on-farm research and demonstration and learn from each other in a spirit of openness and curiosity. This remains true today. While spring and summer are our peak field day seasons, our members host events throughout the year, inviting fellow farmers and the public onto their farms to learn about topics that span the agricultural spectrum, and even the intersection of farming and local foods.
While the scope and number of these events has increased over the years as Practical Farmers has grown, the core purpose of these events remains the same: to share farming knowledge and discoveries, highlight on-farm research and build a vibrant community of farmers and non-farmers in support of a strong, sustainable agricultural system in Iowa. We typically host more than 35 field days, and co-host around 15 others, annually.
2018 Field Days
NEW: Our 2018 field day guide is now available to download or view online.
Inside, you’ll find details about 40 Practical Farmers events taking place across Iowa and beyond, as well as a range of agriculture-focused events organized by some of our friends and partners.
We also have several special events in addition to field days. The below events all have an RSVP or registration, so sign up today!
- August 15 – EVENT FULL – Bus Trip with Dr. Joel Gruver to Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Organic Research Farm in Roseville, Illinois
- August 25 – AgArts Field Day of Family, Food and Fun at Maple Edge Farm, Hastings, Iowa
- November 1-3 – EVENT FULL – Call PFI office to join waiting list. Forage Chains and Forage-Finishing – 3 Days With Anibal Pordomingo, West Branch, Iowa
Field Day Guide
Each spring, Practical Farmers sends out our much-anticipated field day guide. This 80-page print publication is your guide to farmer-led events in Iowa during the spring, summer and autumn.
After each field day, Practical Farmers staff members recap the day’s events in a blog post. These posts are helpful both for those who attended the field day and those who were not able to attend.
Host a Field Day
If you are a member of Practical Farmers and would like to share your knowledge with other members, consider hosting a field day. Field day hosts are paid for their time and effort. Let us know your idea, and we will consider it when scheduling the next year’s field days.