Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day guide is now available in print; features 32 farmer-led events across Iowa

For Release: June 13, 2017


Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org

AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 field day guide is now available for free in print. The 64-page guide features full-color listings of 32 Practical Farmers field days and other learning events taking place across Iowa – and beyond – from late-spring through mid-autumn. The events feature farmers’ knowledge on topics across the agricultural spectrum, from cover crops to cheese production; managed grazing to farm machinery; small grains to soil health; urban farming to flower production; and more.

Events are color-coded by region of the state to make it easier for readers to find events near them, with a corresponding map of locations, and each listing includes detailed information about the event, including driving directions. The guide also lists more than 20 additional farm-focused events organized by partner organizations.

To request a guide by mail, call the Practical Farmers office at (515) 232-5661. The guide is also available online at practicalfarmers.org.

All Practical Farmers field days are open to everyone, occur rain or shine and most are free to attend. Practical Farmers of Iowa field days bring farmers and the public together to learn, share knowledge and build a vibrant community working together to strengthen farms and communities in Iowa. All field days feature farmer-led discussions and farm or field tours, and many feature local foods and potlucks.

In addition to the events listed in the guide, Practical Farmers also hosts several late-winter and early-spring events that occur outside the timeline of this guide.

A complete list of PFI events in Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day guide is below, along with field day locations.

2017 Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days:

  • May 21 –   Two-Wheel Tractors: Old Technology, New Inspiration – Chariton
  • May 30 –   Grazing Cover Crops – Sioux Center
  • June 8 –     Strip-Till and Cover Crop Field Day – Holland
  • June 9 –     Tractors and Tools With T.D. – Coggon
  • June 14 –   Grafting, Summer Pruning and New Fruits at Berry Patch – Nevada
  • June 15 –   Gaining Resilience, One Conservation Step at a Time – Red Oak
  • June 22 –   Using Managed Grazing and CSP to Enhance Biodiversity – McGregor
  • June 24 –   Earning a Living with Urban Farming: CSA and Lifestyle – Iowa City
  • June 27 –   Parasite Management in Goat Production With FAMACHA Training – State Center
  • June 28 –   Ridge-Till, Weed Management and Oat Production – Minburn
  • June 29 –   Two New Grains and Their Uses: Hybrid Rye and Kernza – New Hampton
  • July 11 –    Transitioning to Organic Crop Farming: Tips to Help You Succeed – Ida Grove
  • July 15 –    Vegetables: Growing Giants for the Fair . . . and “Regular” Ones, Too – Mt. Pleasant
  • July 19 –    Cover Crops: Different Methods for Different Folks – Grundy Center
  • Aug. 3-6 –  Bus Trip to Dave Brandt’s Farm in Ohio – Carroll, Ohio
  • Aug. 3 –     Managing Potholes and Matching Conservation Efforts to Farm Goals – Charles City
  • Aug. 8 –     Oyster Mushroom Production – Columbus Junction
  • Aug. 13 –   Farmer-Led Local Food Aggregation – Clear Lake
  • Aug. 14 –   Grass-Based Dairy Farming and Value-Added Cheese Production – Jewell
  • Aug. 17 –   Grazing Goats: From Pasture to Market – Walker
  • Aug. 17 –   CONFERENCE: Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work – Ames
  • Aug. 21 –   Grazing Heritage Cattle & Sheep on Converted Crop Ground and Prairie – Bedford
  • Aug. 24 –   Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration – Des Moines
  • Aug. 29 –   A Look at Soil Regeneration With Jill Clapperton – Shenandoah
  • Aug. 31 –   Profitability of Farming Prairie Potholes – Jefferson
  • Sept. 7 –    Oat, Hay and Feed Production and Direct-Marketing – Dunkerton
  • Sept. 9 –    Organic Crop and Hog Production + Water Quality Practices – Harlan
  • Sept. 14 –  A Little Bit of Everything in Everly – Everly
  • Sept. 16 –  Regenerative Grazing to Produce Gourmet Grass-Fed Beef – Bellevue
  • Sept. 23 –  Dried Flower Production – Cumming
  • Oct. 21 –    Looking Back at the First Year of Farming With Experienced Eyes – Hancock
  • Nov. 5 –    Hand Tools and Implements for Small Vegetable Farms – Iowa City

Practical Farmers’ 2017 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Ag Ventures Alliance; Albert Lea Seed; Center for Rural Affairs; Fertrell; Gandy Cover Crop Seeders; Grain Millers, Inc.; Iowa Beef Center; Iowa Environmental Council; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE); ISU Extension and Outreach; La Crosse Forage and Turf Seed; Lemken; Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; MOSA Organic Certification; Natural Resources Defense Council; Organic Valley / Organic Prairie; Riverside Feeds, LLC; The Scoular Company; Trees Forever; Unilever; University of Iowa College of Public Health (I-CASH); Upper Iowa Audubon Society; USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service; Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; and Welter Seed & Honey Co.


Practical Farmers of Iowa strengthens farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information-sharing. Our values include: welcoming everyone; creativity, collaboration and community; viable farms now and for future generations; and stewardship and ecology. Founded in 1985, farmers in our network raise corn, soybeans, livestock, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. To learn more, visit https://www.practicalfarmers.org.