Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2022 cost-share for extended rotations is OPEN! You heard it here first – PFI is offering not one, but two cost-share programs for extended rotations in 2022.

Earn $15 per acre on up to 200 acres by diversifying a corn and soybean rotation with a year of small grains and summer cover crop containing at least one legume species. Earn an additional $15 per acre for reducing nitrogen on corn that follows your small-grain in rotation.

Growers in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin are eligible for one or both of these cost-share opportunities in 2022.

(And don't forget about our cover crop cost-share programs! Access funds from one of seven private cost-share programs in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. We're recruiting now, and there are no deadlines to sign up.)
Livestock farmer Rory Van Wyk of Winterset, Iowa, wrote a guest blog about the importance of purchasing nutrient-dense food from local farms to invest in healthy and vibrant communities.

Mark Glawe, an integrated cattle-crop farmer, grazed cover crops in the fall, winter and spring from 2019-2021.

To determine the economic and soil health impact of grazing cover crops, Glawe kept cover crop and grazing records and had his soil sampled in the fall and spring of each year.
Practical Farmers and Farm Commons are teaming up to offer a legal workshop just for farmers and ranchers starting Oct. 19.

Because of our partnership with Farm Commons, we are able to offer the workshop at a discounted rate of $49, which includes a one-year membership and access to Farm Commons’ guides, webinars, resource library and more!

Tuesday, Sept. 7 | 10-10:45 a.m.

Join Erik Sessions to learn about the work he and his family are doing to increase the diversity of their farm and the surrounding property.

Learn about strategies and approaches for habitat management to maximize diversity, and hear more about the Sessions' long-term vision for the land. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Gregg Pattison will discuss the importance of diverse and connected habitats for wildlife in the Driftless Region.
Thursday, Sept. 16 | 8 a.m. - Noon

Have you ever wondered how to turn your CRP or other prairie plantings into even more prairie? During this workshop, learn how farmers and landowners can collect native seed for use elsewhere on the farm.

Get hands-on experience collecting seed at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, and hear about best practices for native seed collection, preparation and storage.
Join Practical Farmers of Iowa for free outdoor screenings and panel discussions of “Livestock on the Land,” our feature-length documentary that tells the story of regenerative grazing and its promise for the Iowa landscape.

Following the film, the audience can ask questions and hear from a panel of farmers featured in the film.
Screening dates and locations:
Sept. 4 – Charles City – Jóia Food Farm (2038 March Ave.)

Sept. 11 – Clarinda – Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum (300 N 16th St.)

Sept. 16 – Madrid – Ledges State Park Campground Amphitheater (1515 P Ave.)

Sept. 25 – Des Moines – Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park (2251 George Flagg Parkway)
RSVPs are required for all "Catching Up" events to ensure we maintain the small, conversational environment these events are designed for.

Anyone is welcome to RSVP for a "Catching Up" event! To learn more about a specific event or to RSVP, email the PFI staffer indicated, or call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.
Wednesday, Sept. 15 | 4-6 p.m.
Host: Mark Quee | West Branch, IA

Saturday, Sept. 18 | 4-6 p.m.
Host: Phrakhounmany “Air” Philavanh | Milo, IA
Sept. 14: Live From the Farm - Apple Harvest, Cider Varieties and Pressing
10:30-11:15 a.m. | Online
Practical Farmers of Iowa is a proudly farmer-led, membership-based organization. When you sign up for a PFI membership, you’re eligible for these benefits and more:

  • Participation in PFI programming, such as on-farm research and beginning farmer programs

  • Access to helpful email discussion groups

  • Subscription to our digital and print materials, including the quarterly magazine and field day guide

  • Steep discounts to our annual conference in 2022

Being a PFI member gives you opportunities to expand your network, serve as a farmer leader and work with people who share our vision for a resilient agricultural system in Iowa.

Join or renew your membership with Practical Farmers of Iowa today to become part of our network. In addition, if you join or renew your membership during our member drive (by Oct. 1), you can receive a special PFI-branded multitool!
Members in the News
Paul Mugge of Sutherland, IA, guest-authored a piece in the Des Moines Register: Opinion: Build the agriculture industry for the long run

Keith and Barb Sexton of Rockwell City, IA, and James and Paige Hepp of Rockwell City, IA, were featured in Iowa Farmer Today: Sextons share knowledge with new farmers

Wendy Johnson and John Rafkin of Charles City, IA, and Nick Ohde of Ames, IA, were featured in Charles City Press: Charles City farm featured in and hosting screening of Practical Farmers of Iowa livestock documentary

Chris Henning of Cooper, IA, was featured on Raccoon Valley Radio: Greene County Farmer Receives Environmental Award
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned on Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences website: Iowa Nutrient Research Center Announces Funding for New Water Quality Projects
Have you been featured in the media? Tell us when and where to find a link to the article, and we'll feature you in a future issue of Practical News.