Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Stay where you are this year, PFI's virtual conference is coming home.

In this video, hear from PFI members Jill Beebout of Chariton, Garin and Kristten Buttermore of Ogden and Earl Hafner of Panora on what they enjoy about the annual conference and what they're excited for with it going virtual in 2021.

Registration is open! Individuals who register by Dec. 20, and who add a PFI membership or make a donation of $50 or more, will receive a "Coming Home" conference package! This includes a custom T-shirt and notebook plus other goodies.
Growing oats for a food-grade market requires special consideration to test weight. Due to increased milling efficiency, processors require that food-grade oats meet a certain test weight threshold, under which the price is docked.

This blog summarizes our December shared learning call, during which Darren Fehr of Mallard discussed his tips for consistently growing high test weight oats for a food-grade market.
Sarah Carlson, PFI's strategic initiatives director (at right, in the photo), and Alisha Bower, our operations director, wrote Chapter 28 of "Soil and Water Conservation: A Celebration of 75 Years."

Read their chapter titled
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We are delighted to offer a selection of sessions at the “Coming Home” conference with Spanish interpretation and two bilingual sessions.

Check out the sessions that will be available in both English and Spanish on our en Español conference page.
Aspiring farmers, bring your farming ideas and visions into reality at the Exploring Farming series this January.

This series will feature four virtual workshops and opportunities to connect with landowners seeking new farmers for their farmland.

Registration is $40 for PFI members, and $80 for non-PFI members, and includes all four workshops. Registration closes Dec. 31, 2020!
Jan. 7: Workshop - Explore Farming - Purpose
6:30-8 p.m. | Online

Jan. 8: Shared Learning Call - Seed Cleaning
12:15-1:15 p.m. | Online
Jan. 14: Workshop - Explore Farming - Product
6:30-8 p.m. | Online

Jan. 21-23: Conference- PFI virtual annual conference
Suzanne Castello of Grinnell, Iowa, says, “As PFI forwards the causes of mid- and small-sized farms, it is actively contributing to community. The more mid- and small-sized farms there are, the stronger Iowa’s communities are.”

These connections are real and tangible: 76% of our members say they feel a stronger sense of community through their involvement with Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Members in the News
Erin and Torray Wilson, and their children, of Paullina, were featured in Dairy Star: Dairy Profile: Wilson Organic Dairy

Wade Dooley of Albion was featured in Wallaces Farmer: Farming: The long game

Wade Dooley of Albion was featured in Wallaces Farmer: Challenges with riverside grazing
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was featured on Environmental Defense Fund's blog: Small grains have big outcomes for climate resilience

Stefan Gailans, research and field crops director for PFI, was mentioned in Top Crop Manager: 2021 ONFARM Forum
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