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It has been said that those who keep their eyes on the horizon will find the right path. At Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2022 annual conference, we are “Facing the Horizon” together, seeking new knowledge, broader understanding and unexpected ways to improve our farms and communities.

We're looking forward to gathering again in-person to reunite with old friends and make new ones, Jan. 21 - 22, 2022 in Ames, Iowa. Visit our website to read about our plans for 61 farmer-led sessions, our keynote speaker, PFI storytelling, several new activities -- and to get registered.

Please note that because community transmission of COVID-19 remains high in this area, we are following guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have a range of safety precautions in place, including a mask requirement.
Do you have a time-saving farming tip?

Have you tried a new market strategy or figured out a process that would be helpful to others?

We are bringing lightning talks back to the session offerings at our 2022 annual conference, and are looking for farmers interesting in sharing some of their insights, ideas and experiences.

Unlike standard sessions, lightning talks are short (just 8 minutes each!), and, hopefully, exciting to watch.

Not sure what to expect? Watch some examples here, or contact Maggie at maggie_n@practicafarmers.org.

Ready to sign up? Use this form to let us know your idea and we’ll follow up.
In this episode, we talk with Jorgen Rose, PFI's habitat and policy coordinator. Hear what we are up to in the habitat world, why we started doing habitat programming at PFI and how people can get involved.

You can learn more about creating wildlife habitat on farms in "Bringing Back the Edges" on our YouTube channel.

2021 marked the second year cooperators compared the performance of their traditional oat variety with a variety predicted to do well from a genotype-by-environment model.

Read this research report to see how different oat varieties performed this year.
Do you know someone who is making a difference in sustainable agriculture?

Nominate that person for our 2022 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award! We are accepting nominations through Friday, Dec. 3 -- and you are welcome to submit multiple nominations.

The recipient(s) will be recognized at our annual conference, Jan. 21-22, in Ames, Iowa. To nominate someone, please fill out this short and simple nomination form.

Pictured here are Margaret Smith and Doug Alert, the 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award recipients. View all past recipients.
For questions on the nomination process, please contact Sally Worley.
As you think about your holiday shopping, consider getting the practical farmers in your life some PFI gear!

Our newest Don't Farm Naked T-shirt is made from lightweight 100% organic cotton.

From stocking caps and T-shirts to baby onesies and coffee mugs, we've got you and your family covered.

Dec. 2 6:30-8 p.m. | Virtual

Join us for the first workshop in our Establish Farming series!

Hit the ground running in this virtual session. We will cover how to use the self-paced exercises and meet other peers enrolled in this series.
Join other row crop and livestock farmers for this event on Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. We’ll hear how farmers are working with cover crops to reduce nitrogen and herbicide inputs, growing their own cover crop seed and incorporating their cover crops with livestock. Come and advance your understanding of how cover crops can work for you.

Good oat production starts with matching desired traits with a variety that can deliver. Farmer Matt Miller usually grows two oat varieties every year, but in 2021 he tested three varieties in an on-farm research trial. In this post, Matt share's takeaways from variety trials and discuss considerations for variety selection in your operation.

Members in the News
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, Daniel Rosmann and Todd Valline, all of Harlan, IA, were feature in the Harlan Tribune: FarmTable Procurement & Delivery relocating
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned in The Storm Lake Times: Farmers will change if politicians let them.
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.