Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Tom Wind of Jamaica inspects the quality of the forage the cows are grazing in the background. Tom's family has farmed in the area since they settled there nearly 150 years ago.

After not having livestock on his farm for the last 50 years, Tom has worked with his neighbor for the past four years to graze parts of his land to improve the health of his soil.

Tom will be featured in our upcoming video series about regenerative grazing.
Dennis Harkrader and his wife Alice have been PFI members since 1987. Dennis first heard about Practical Farmers of Iowa from friend Jim Boyden of Ossian.

“At Jim’s suggestion, I went to some meetings,” Dennis says. “I had the highest respect for Ron Rosmann, who did a lot for PFI. He put his whole heart and soul into getting it going.” Dennis also served briefly on Practical Farmers’ board of directors in the early days.
Hosted by: Jenny Quiner
Sunday, November 10 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Des Moines, IA
Join us for one of four farm transfer and succession workshops with Mike Downey of Next Gen Ag Advocates and Farm Financial Strategies, Inc.

Mike will discuss the why and how of farmland transition, including farm leasing trends and how to communicate with family about your farmland transition.

All workshops will include a meal and networking time and will conclude with some possible strategies and next steps for farm transfer.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 | Red Oak
5-8 p.m. | RSVP

Tuesday, Dec. 3 | Decorah
5-8 p.m. | RSVP
Tuesday, Dec. 10 | Cherokee
5-8 p.m. | RSVP

Tuesday, Dec. 17 | Oxford
5-8 p.m. | RSVP
Upcoming in the next month
Nov. 10: Field Day - Urban Farming
1-3 p.m. | Des Moines

Nov. 19: Workshop - Farm Transfer
5-8 p.m. | Red Oak
Nov. 20: Field Day - Cover Crops for All
12-3 p.m. | Rose Hill
Are you passionate about PFI, and looking for more ways to get involved? Talk to Debra! 
We are seeking volunteers to join us in our office on Thursday, Nov. 14, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., to help us with our annual fall fundraising mailing.

Volunteers are asked to come anytime during those hours. We will be folding letters, stuffing envelopes and affixing stamps. This is a fun, laid-back day and a perfect opportunity to meet other PFI members and staff.

Snacks from our farmers will be provided, and prizes will be awarded to volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Debra at (515) 232-5661 or debra@practicalfarmers.org .
Members in the News
Kate Edwards of Iowa City and Greg Padget of Newton were featured in Agri News: Navigators can help farmers steer their ships

Bob Recker of Waterloo, Jack Boyer of Reinbeck and Loran Steinlage of West Union were featured on AgWeb: Corn Maverick: Cracking the Mystery of 60-Inch Rows

Steve Berger of Wellman was featured in GrowingAmerica: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Honored
Grain Millers, based in Eden Prairie, MN, Matt Liebman of Ames, Alisha Bower of Ames and Jordan Ellis of Graettinger were featured in The Organic & Non-GMO Report: Farm-to-food collaboration aims to boost regenerative oat production in the U.S.

Ben Dwire of Arco, MN, and Dale Dwire of Lake Benton, MN, were featured on Fox 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul: Another way: Desperation led farmer 'back to nature'
PFI in the News
Sarah Carlson , PFI's strategic initiatives director, was featured in Successful Farming: Short Supply of Seed for Cover Crops
Practical Farmers was mentioned in an article on TriplePundit: Field to Market: Providing Farmers with Economic Security
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.