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Field day will explore garlic production and marketing – May 31, in JohnstonFor Release: May 10, 2018 Contacts: Jordan Clasen | Grade A Gardens | (515) 554-4306 | gradeagardens@gmail.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org JOHNSTON, Iowa — Jordan Clasen and Whitney Brewer, of [...]

May 10, 2018 


If I had a nickel every time someone asked me about the potential of selling small grains to craft breweries and distilleries – I’d be able to start my own brewery by now! Unfortunately, for most of these questions I come up short on answers so I decided to invite some experts to fill in […]

March 14, 2018 


On August 17, nearly 80 people gathered in Ames to attend our first conference focused exclusively on small grains. We opened with lunch and a keynote from Don Halcomb, the chairman of the Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council, sharing the history of how growers in Kentucky came together to create a small grains association and a […]

September 7, 2017 


The 9th annual Beginning Farmer Retreat took place on February 10th and 11th at Ewalu Retreat Center in Strawberry Point. Seventeen aspiring and beginning farmers came together to build their peer network and strengthen the financial position of their newborn operations. These farmers run a variety of operations, everything from sweet corn and vegetables to […]

March 1, 2017 


One of the benefits of small grains is that they are very versatile crops. As we discussed in our previous blog about variety selection, a farmer can have many different end uses in mind when planting a small grain. One of the uses is to bale the straw for sale or for their own use. […]

February 22, 2017 


When considering whether or not to grow small grains, one of the main things farmers consider is: can I sell them? In order to answer this big question, farmers often have to answer several smaller questions about who they can sell to, the logistics of how to sell, and what quality metrics and thresholds are expected. […]

February 7, 2017 


Field day at Hazel Acres will explore hazelnut production and marketingFor Release: August 24, 2016 Contacts: Jeff Jensen | Hazel Acres and Nut Haven | (515) 320-6756 | jjensen@treesforever.org Tamsyn Jones | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org FENTON, Iowa — When Jeff Jensen and his parents, Roger and Joyce, decided to [...]

August 24, 2016 


Livestock farmers invited to Bud Williams-style stockmanship and marketing schools – Sept. 12-15, near ExiraFor Release: August 19, 2016 Download PDF (105 KB) Contacts: Tina Williams | Hand ‘n Hand Livestock Solutions | tina@handnhandlivestocksolutions.com Tamsyn Jones | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org EXIRA, Iowa — Tina Williams and Richard McConnell, of [...]

August 19, 2016 


I was reading the Des Moines Register yesterday morning, and I came across this article: “Farm income to fall in 2016 amid low grain prices.” That grain prices are low — and therefore farm income for row crop farmers is falling — is not news to anyone in farming. However, I thought this quote from Michael Hein, a […]

February 12, 2016 


Beginning farmer Danelle Myer welcomed over 60 guests to her farm in Iowa’s far western Harrison County on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. The drizzly weather didn’t stop anyone from coming out to hear about her experience with the first five years starting up her diverse vegetable and herb farm, One Farm. Young and old, farmers […]

July 27, 2015