Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Videos of annual conference sessions are rolling out on our YouTube channel.

Whether you couldn't make it to the conference this year due to weather, couldn't get to a session you wanted to attend or want to review a session you did attend, we've filmed and uploaded a handful for post-conference viewing.

Even more conference video, farminars and more are on the way, so be sure to subscribe to PFI videos so you don't miss anything!
While small-grain crops certainly aren’t as nutrient hungry as corn, lack of fertility can lead to lower yields, potentially lower grain or seed quality and field variability that can lead to weed and harvest headaches.

Gregg Pattison embraces his passion for conservation and agriculture as a private lands biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Watch Gregg present how the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program can provide landowners with technical assistance and funding for on-farm habitat.
The Savings Incentive Program is a two-year program that pairs beginning farmers with experienced farmer mentors.

The Class of 2021 enrolled in January and will graduate in December 2021.

Do you know an exemplary farmland owner who has built constructive relationships with farm tenants, stewarded land on behalf of rural communities or the broader landscape or helped extend opportunities to beginning farmers?

Next Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. CST, Phil Kramer and Andrew and Marissa Waldo (pictured) will discuss their experience switching to pigs after having cows.

Phil is a fifth-generation hog farmer who works for Niman Ranch, while the Waldos are beginning farmers and newcomers to pork production after switching from cattle.
Fruit and vegetable farmer meet-ups start back up next Tuesday. These events are free and open to all fruit, vegetable and flower growers. You don’t have to be a PFI member to attend.

All meet-ups are 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 25 – Solon
Salt Fork Kitchen
++Bonus: Flower meet-up
Feb. 27  – Ames
PFI office
March 4-5 | Springfield, IL

We are just a week out from the registration deadline for the 2020 small grains conference in Springfield, Illinois.

This event gathers the top small grains growers, researchers and buyers from the region to share their expertise on making the most of these crops. Learn about growing small grains, cover cropping and the benefits of an extended rotation.

Feb. 25: Meet-Up - Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Solon

Feb. 25: Meet-Up - Flower Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Solon

Feb. 25: Farminar - From Cows to Pigs
7 p.m. | Online

Feb. 27: Meet-Up - Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Ames
Mar. 3: Farminar - Livestock and Cover Crops
7 p.m. | Online

Mar. 4-5: Conference - Small Grains
Springfield, IL

Mar. 10: Farminar - Farm Trusts
7 p.m. | Online

Mar. 17: Farminar - Pork Marketing
7 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
Ron Mardesen of Elliott was featured on the website of Pew Charitable Trusts: Meet Our 2020 Stand Up To Superbugs Ambassadors

Rob Stout of Washington was featured in the Journal of Nutrient Management: Farming for a better future

Sherwin Plate of Mahaska County was featured in the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman: Making Their Case at the Capitol

Wayne Koehler of Charles City, Alisha Bower of Ames and Grain Millers of Eden Prairie, MN, were featured in Successful Farming: Oats find a fit

Rick Cruse of Ames was mentioned in an op-ed in The Storm Lake Times: Editor's Notebook: Rural study finds overwhelming support for conservation incentives, not regulation
PFI in the News
Alisha Bower, PFI's strategic initiatives manager, was featured in the Feb. 18 edition of Closing Market Report on willag.org
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.