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The recording of Sarah Smarsh's keynote from the 2021 virtual annual conference is now available on our website.

Sarah discusses how a misunderstood rural America drives misleading headlines and dangerous divisions among us – and how a rural homecoming is good news for everyone. Rural, suburban and urban life are intertwined.

Sarah inspires us to set aside our assumptions and bridge the false divides between us, helping us all feel like we belong in the places we call home.
On the concluding night of the 2021 virtual annual conference, we heard true stories, performed live, from a selection of PFI farmers.

Hear from farmers Jill Beebout, John Gilbert, Lorna Wilson, Darla and Michael Eeten and Jathan Chicoine, and from farmer host Wade Dooley.

Watch the recording on our website to hear memorable, heartwarming, humorous and powerful stories about starting farming, connection to land, raising children on the farm, picking green beans and learning from the lifeways of bison.
The recording of Tuesday's farminar with Eric Miller has been posted on our website.

In 2019, Eric began his own on-farm research project planting 60 corn with a cover crop mix seeded in between the rows in June.

He prefers seeding cover crops at this time of year because it fits into his schedule. The wide corn rows result in ample cover crop growth by the fall, which in turn presents opportunities for grazing.
Fusarium head blight, also known as scab, has the potential to decrease yield and lower test weight of small-grain crops in the Upper Midwest.

But with intentional management, producers -- both organic and conventional -- can reduce the risk of crop damage by fusarium.

On Feb. 5 at 12:15 p.m., we’ll hear from Jochum Wiersma on fusarium management. Jochum is a small grains specialist and extension professor at University of Minnesota.
Feb. 5: Shared Learning Call - Fusarium in Small Grains
12:15-1:15 p.m. | Online
Feb. 9: Farminar - Pasture-Finished Pigs
7-8:30 p.m. | Online
PFI in the News
PFI was featured on Iowa Soybean Association's website: Cover Crop Business Infrastructure Growth project grows in second year

Stefan Gailans, research and field crops director for PFI, was quoted in Country Guide: On-farm science: There’s undeniable value in collaborative on-farm research, with gains for both growers and researchers

PFI was mentioned in an article on Prototypr: Food Tech Guide: UX Research for Plants, People and our Planet
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