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Dr. Joel Gruver and the Allison Organic Research Farm hosted a group of PFI members on Wednesday, August 15. The farm began in 1989 when Western Illinois University was looking to do research on pesticide-free farming practices. Today, the farm is 77 rented acres and has been certified organic since 2009. Recently, the area has […]

September 11, 2018 


Terry first learned to save seeds from her mother. Her mother would remove the seeds from the pulp, put the seeds in a glass with some water, and see if they sank. The ones that didn’t sink, she would pour off. The good seeds she would dry on a paper bag on top of the […]

August 30, 2018 


It was a picturesque scene at Grassway Farm in Maynard for the Wedemeiers’ first PFI field day. The milk herd grazed in a steady drizzle in the distance while the crowd huddled in one of the old barns to learn about organic transition from host, Scott Wedemeier. Scott began with a little background information and […]

August 13, 2018 


Last year, when Nelson Smith’s neighbor dropped out of a Treffler tine weeder field day, Nelson filled the gap and hosted the event. The trailer that brought the German-built cultivator that day left empty, and its use on the farm lead Nelson to host another field day in 2018, this time with Practical Farmers of […]

July 23, 2018 


“I don’t think I can farm next year unless it’s on my own land, and unless I have someone to farm with me.” After spending two years fighting weeds and a crop-eliminating flood on rented ground, this was the ultimatum Hannah Breckbill offered herself in the fall of 2016. Luckily she found both. In 2017 […]

July 10, 2018 


According to the 2014 Organic Survey, Iowa ranked No. 10 in organic sales, but the state has since fallen out of the top 10. Given that organic sales rose nationally by 13% from 2014 to 2015, though, interest in organic farming and produce remains strong among consumers. Interest also remains strong among farmers in Iowa. […]

July 20, 2017 


This week on the show, Scott Ausborn stopped by the KHOI studios. Scott farms with his parents, Jack and Linda, where they raise corn, soybeans, hay and pasture as well as sheep and cattle. He also works for Blue River Hybrids, an organic seed company based in Ames, and he serves as board president for […]

June 29, 2017 


Tom Frantzen talks about a new crop – hybrid rye –  that he has added to his rotation to battle giant ragweed and how he plans to feed the grain to his organic hogs.

June 22, 2017 


Susan Jutz bought her farm, ZJ Farm, in the hills outside Solon on April Fools Day, 1994. She wanted to grow food for people, despite the skepticism of her neighbors. For the next 20 years, she proved them wrong, building a strong farm and community of workers, volunteers and CSA members who called Local Harvest CSA […]

August 2, 2016 


On June 30, the Petersens hosted a field day near Knoxville to share how they have worked together to build a diverse crop and livestock operation that allows multiple family members to continue working on the farm.

July 11, 2016