Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
For our 2021 virtual annual conference, "Coming Home," we have created a beautiful custom T-shirt that captures the theme of the event.

Those who register for the conference by Sunday, Dec. 20 – and also either join PFI or renew their membership, or include a donation of $50 or more – will receive a special conference package in the mail that includes this T-shirt and a custom notebook, along with other gifts.
Mark Quee of West Branch and Shanti Sellz of Iowa City tested different varieties of cauliflower on their farm.

These cooperators measured number of harvested curds, curd diameter, curd weight and plot weight.

We recorded the entirety of the 2020 virtual cover crop boot camp. If you weren’t able to make the live event or want to revisit a few of the sessions, check them out on this new page.

The two-day workshop explored how cover crops boost soil health, improve weed control and provide grazing opportunities.
We strive to foster strong communities based on diverse ties between farmers and non-farmers.

One of the strongest ties is purchasing food and farm products from local farms. Buying from local farms keeps money circulating in your community, and builds a more resilient food system.

More PFI News:
Home is different for each of us. Over the past two centuries as our economy has become more industrial, people have increasingly called urban and suburban areas home. Yet while rural areas are often portrayed as dying, there are glimmers of hope and a shifting tide for the rural U.S.

Bestselling author and journalist Sarah Smarsh, who grew up on a rural Kansas farm, will share stories of people who are coming – or choosing to stay – home in rural places and small towns. She will reflect on ingenuities and the struggles people face in their commitment to making a good life for themselves and their communities.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 2-3 p.m.

To cap off the virtual field day season, join Regina Frahm and shearer Emily Chamelin-Hickman on shearing day.

They will show us how they prepare for shearing to create a smooth and safe process for everyone involved.

Dec. 15: Virtual Field Day- Wool: Shearing & Processing
2-3 p.m. | Online
Your donations will fund our farmer-led events, research and outreach; support the next generation of farmers; and help us continue to grow our impact. Please, if you are able, donate today!

Thank you for being part of our generous community, and for your financial support. As 2020 comes to a close, we hope PFI serves as a beacon of hope for you.
Members in the News
Kate Edwards of Solon was featured on the National Young Farmers' Coalition's website: Farmer Story: Kate Edwards

Adam Nechanicky of Buckingham and Doug Carter of Audubon were featured in Wallaces Farmer: Cropping practices pass tough-weather test

Hannah Breckbill of Decorah was featured on In Good Tilth's podcast: In Good Tilth Perspectives: Hannah Breckbill

Monika Owczarski of Des Moines was featured on KCCI: Des Moines mother runs community fridge to help those with food insecurities
PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned in MarketScreener: Unilever N : How putting down roots helps protect the planet

Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned in Wallaces Farmer: 2020 oat variety trial results available
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