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There’s something hiding in the prairie grass at Dwight and Bev Rutters’ 640-acre farm northwest of Spencer – birds, frogs, the metal dinosaur sculpture. Dwight said, “I keep him around because he don’t eat much.” Dwight’s sense of humor and knowledge of all things prairie kept the attention of the field day crowd as both […]

August 17, 2018 


Doug Adams, a sixth-generation farmer in north central Iowa, led off the day’s presentations. He started using cover crops in 2012 and now uses cover crops on 100% of his own farmland. He advocates for experimenting on a small patch first, “The best way to learn how to manage it is to try it.” He […]

July 26, 2018 


Award ceremony will honor 2018 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipients Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman – July 31, in Red OakFor Release: July 17, 2018 Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org RED OAK, Iowa —Practical Farmers of Iowa invites farmers, landowners and the [...]

July 17, 2018 


Increasing rates of cover crop use on rented ground is the next frontier in improving water quality, promoting soil health and improving farmers’ resilience and not all of this rented land is privately owned. Local, state, and federal agencies own a large amount of land in the U.S. for the purpose of protecting natural resources and providing public infrastructure […]

November 15, 2017 


For those who missed the field day on soil regeneration hosted by Chris & Janenne Teachout near Shenandoah on Aug. 29, or for those who want to re-acquaint themselves with some of it, check out the “highlight reel” we’ve compiled below. The video features Chris, as well as Dr. Jill Clapperton, discussing cover crop practices […]

September 14, 2017 


Field day will explore farm potholes, prairie strips in row crops – Aug. 31, JeffersonFor Release: August 16, 2017 Jerry and Tom Peckumn Contacts: Jerry Peckumn | (515) 370-0077 | jerrypeckumn@netins.net Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org JEFFERSON, Iowa – Many Iowa farm fields [...]

August 16, 2017 


Cover Crop Economics: Thoughts and DataAugust 1, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded Ken Rulon is part of the seven-generation tradition of sustainable and environmentally responsible farming at their family farm, Rulon Enterprises in Arcadia, Indiana. One of the farm’s objectives is to increase the organic matter content of the soil while still maximizing profits. This presentation [...]

August 1, 2017 


Throughout Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day season, we are spotlighting many of the PFI farmers who are graciously giving their time to share their knowledge at these events, as well as members who make the journey to attend them. Watch practicalfarmers.org and “Practical News,” our weekly email newsletter, for details and updates! Wendy Johnson and […]

July 27, 2017 


Field day will explore how to profitably manage farm potholes – Aug. 3, Charles CityFor Release: July 18, 2017 Wendy Johnson and Johnny Rafkin Contacts: Wendy Johnson | Joia Food Farm | (562) 852-7044 | 207wendy@gmail.com | joiafoodfarm.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org [...]

July 18, 2017 


This week on the show, On-Farm was back on the road, this time stopping at Joia Food Farm near Charles City to talk to PFI Board Vice President Wendy Johnson. Wendy and her husband Johnny own and operate the farm, where they raise a little of everything, from chickens and turkeys to pigs and sheep […]

July 13, 2017