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Our sixth field day, as part of our 2018 Cover Crop Caravan series, was hosted by Zak Kennedy on April 5 in Atlantic. Cover crops were greening up in southwest Iowa and 25 people came out to hear from Zak Kennedy talk about how he integrates cover crops into his cattle feeding operation. Zak, his wife […]

April 27, 2018 

BLOG POST

Our fourth field day, as part of our 2018 Cover Crop Caravan series, was hosted by Bill Frederick on April 3 in Jefferson. On this snowy day, 30 people gathered in Bill’s heated shop to hear from three young farmers who’ve had success integrating cattle into their cover crop systems. Bill, and his friends Dusty […]

April 25, 2018 

BLOG POST

New online tool can help farmers see value of cover crops and paths to profitabilityFor Release: April 12, 2018 Contact: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach and Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org Meghan Filbert | Livestock Coordinator | Practical Farmers | (515) 232-5661 | meghan@practicalfarmers.org AMES, Iowa — A new decision-making tool [...]

April 12, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Field day will explore cover crops for grazing – April 5, in Cumberland and AtlanticFor Release: March 22, 2018Contacts: Zak Kennedy | Kennedy Cattle Company | (712) 779-0006 | kennedycattleco@gmail.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org CUMBERLAND, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa and [...]

March 22, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Field day will explore cover crops for grazing – April 3 near JeffersonFor Release: March 21, 2018 James Holz (left) and Bill Frederick Contacts: Bill Frederick | (515) 370-5781 | 874bill@gmail.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org JEFFERSON, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa [...]

March 21, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

The Hitzfield family transitioned from almost losing the family farm in Roanoke, Indiana, to creating a profitable multi-species enterprise (beef, pork and poultry) that now services thousands of families across the Midwest. This discussion will focus on how Seven Sons Farms uses internet marketing strategies to engage its growing consumer outlet in the Midwest. Brooks will also leave you with three free tools that can help you to acquire customers in your sleep!

March 13, 2018 

FARMINAR

On-farm research quantifies value of grazing cattle on cover cropsFor Release: March 9, 2018 Wesley Degner, of Lytton Mark Schleisman of Lake City Bill Frederick of Jefferson Contact: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org AMES, Iowa — A three-year on-farm research project by Practical [...]

March 9, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Cover crop field day series will start at the end of MarchFor Release: March 1, 2018 Contact: Alisha Bower | Strategic Initiatives Manager | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | alisha@practicalfarmers.org Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org AMES, Iowa — For the [...]

March 1, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Beginning livestock farmers Caleb and Jacqueline Shinn have struggled to find affordable insurance coverage for their farm business. The Shinns will share details about their farm and the process they’ve gone through as they evaluate their risk-management options. Rodney Sebastian, with USDA Risk Management Agency, will discuss current insurance programs and risk assessment tools the Shinns could consider.

February 27, 2018 

FARMINAR

Raising livestock for niche markets can be a profitable enterprise when implemented successfully and markets are established. One way to add a niche livestock enterprise to your farm is through working with a company like Niman Ranch, which organizes a network of small family farmers raising animals according to a specific set of standards. Hear from Alyssa Juergensen, a field agent with Niman Ranch, and farmer Dan Wilson about their protocols and how to get started raising livestock for Niman Ranch.

February 21, 2018 

FARMINAR