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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 Spring 2017 issue of the Practical Farmer, includes an article titled “Forage-Fed Pig Production” highlighting  Steve Deibele’s feeding practices. Steve’s a pastured pig and cattle farmer at Golden Bear Farm in Kiel, Wisconsin. He spoke at Practical Farmers’ annual conference last January on raising pigs on a forage heavy diet without the use of corn or soybeans. […]

May 9, 2017 


Four generations of the Wilson family welcomed 65 guests to their field day on August 13. The focus of this year’s event at Seven W Farm, located in Paullina, was on diversity – poultry, pigs, dairy, beef, sheep, corn, beans, hay, small grains – and the role of each family member on the farm. Going Organic The […]

August 23, 2016 


As the old saying goes, pigs are the mortgage lifters on the farm, which has held true at Crooked Gap Farm. The Book family has been farming for eight years; primarily raising Hereford hogs, but also heritage breed Dexter cattle, Katahdin sheep, meat rabbits and pastured poultry on 40 acres outside of Knoxville. 100% of […]

August 15, 2016 


Many PFI members farrow on pasture in huts designed by fellow farmers. Two common styles of wooden huts are the A-Frame and E-Hut (the E stands for electronic, because the design was meant to be shared electronically). These mobile huts are designed to be moved with a tractor, yet heavy enough to withstand outdoor elements. […]

July 15, 2016 


Apple cider vinegar is held to being a health tonic that promotes beneficial gut bacteria, improves digestion of feedstuffs, enhances performance, and helps decrease parasite load. PFI cooperator, Tom Frantzen, supplemented three groups of pigs with apple cider vinegar and measured feed intake, average daily gain, feed efficiency and return over feed costs compared to […]

December 30, 2015 


Since 1987, the Cooperators’ Program has been Practical Farmers of Iowa’s vehicle for conducting on-farm research on the issues and concerns deemed most important by our members. The Cooperators’ Program is the epitome of what PFI is all about: Farmer-led investigation and information sharing. In 2015, 63 farmers took part in 35 research projects on […]

December 17, 2015 


The father and son team at Bridgewater Farm, Dale and Tyler Raasch, get more done on their farm than seems possible (to mere mortals). The duo manages 23 acres of organic fruits and vegetables, plus meat chickens, layers, pigs, and beef cattle. As Dale and Tyler toured the group around their farm, CSA members, friends and family […]

September 25, 2015 


Specialty corn varieties are bred to express quality profiles that are more suitable for livestock feed than standard, conventional corn varieties. With that in mind, John Gilbert, of Gibralter Farms near Iowa Falls, investigated different fertilizer practices to improve productivity of a specialty corn variety (cv. GEI 101) he has deemed to possess a desirable quality profile […]

April 28, 2015 


Differences in hand-operated versus automated feeding systems contribute to variability in feed efficiency on finishing hogs. Wasted feed, feed lost from the feeder for other reasons than animal consumption, is a concern for at Rosmann Family Farm. A trial was designed to determine the effects of feeder management on growth performance in organic hogs. They […]

March 26, 2015