Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Join us on Nov. 30 in Ankeny, Iowa, to learn about cover crops and network with peers!

Registration is now open for Practical Farmers of Iowa’s fifth annual cover crop boot camp. The event is free and helps farmers learn about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to cover crops.

All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. Sessions will explore how farmers are using cover crops to reduce nitrogen and herbicide inputs, grow their own cover crop seed and integrate livestock with cover crops.
Lightning strikes the PFI annual conference again! Sign up to give one of these 8-minute talks
Lightning is powerful, focused, illuminating and over fast. During the 2022 PFI annual conference, we are bringing back lightning talks to our session offerings.

As the name suggests, lightning talks are short, focused and, hopefully, exciting to watch! We know many of you are evaluating new practices or have figured out a process that would be nice to share with others. And we know some of you don’t want to talk for an hour. How about 8 minutes?

If you’d like to deliver a lightning talk during the conference, we want to hear from you! Please let us know using this form, and we’ll follow up.
We chat with John Rock about his experience grazing cattle on neighboring land owned by The Nature Conservancy, as well as removing cedar trees and restoring native prairie on his own farm.

John was just featured in "Bringing Back the Edges: Creating Wildlife Habitat on Farms" by PFI. You can check out the video on grazing native plants here.

Dec. 16-17 | Ames, IA

Have you ever asked: “What’s better, the practice I’ve been using or this alternative I’ve heard about?” Do you have something you’d like to investigate on your farm?

If so, consider the Cooperators’ Program, PFI’s vehicle for farmer-led, on-farm research. Click here to learn more.
Nov. 18 – Dec. 2 | Noon-1 p.m.

If you’re curious to learn more about on-farm research through the Cooperators' Program, or wonder if it might be a good fit for you, join this call any weekday over the noon hour between Nov. 18 and Dec. 2.

A PFI staff member and an experienced farmer-cooperator will be available to answer your questions about the on-farm research through this long-standing PFI program.

Want to learn about this year’s on-farm research? We’ve scheduled public virtual meetings on three successive nights in December to share and discuss results from our major farmer-led research areas.

Field Crops – Tuesday, Dec. 7 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Horticulture – Wednesday, Dec. 8 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Livestock – Thursday, Dec. 9 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 11 | 6-8 p.m.

Join us online for the next Explore Farming workshop of the series, where we will discuss how to assess your readiness.

Getting started in farming can be hard, but with a solid understanding of your purpose and readiness, you can create a plan to guide you into farming.

This workshop series is $20 for PFI members and $30 for non-members.
Join us at a Conservation Programs Forum to share your experiences, questions and concerns with other farmers and staff from Practical Farmers of Iowa. We want to help you harness the power of conservation.

Nov. 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Oskaloosa, IA
Nov. 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Storm Lake, IA
This series is for beginning farmers who have started to farm and are working to build their business plan. Self-paced exercises will lead you through the process of using decision-making to build a farm plan.

Three virtual workshops will connect you to other farmers offering their experiences and answering your questions. Click here to sign up!
Cost: $20 for PFI Members | $30 for Non-PFI Members

Getting Started Dec 2 | 6:30-8 pm
Farmer Vision Panel Dec 9 | 6-8 pm
Enterprise Meet-Up Jan 6 | 6:30-8 pm
Members in the News
Brian Jones of Decorah, IA, and Tim Bardole of Rippey, IA, were featured in the Des Moines Sunday Register: Deere strike adds to Iowa farmers' worries about getting parts, equipment now and next year

Randy Miller of Ankeny, IA, was featured in the Des Moines Register: Iowa farmers get big break with good harvest, high prices. But will their luck hold?

Corbin Scholz of Iowa City, IA, was featured in The Gazette: Growing her roots: Putting in the hard work at an Iowa City organic farm

Seth Watkins of Clarinda, IA, was featured in Little Village Magazine: The ‘War on Meat’ isn’t real, but small Iowa farmers face an uphill battle against Big Ag

Jenny Quiner of Des Moines, IA, was featured in This Is Iowa: Cultivating Community, and in the Steward Podcast: Jenny Quiner: Dogpatch Urban Gardens
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.