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FIELD DAY GUIDE: The free PFI publication highlights farmer-led learning opportunities taking place across the state, showcasing the diversity of Iowa agriculture and providing a unique forum for farmers to network and learn from their peers.

Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day guide now available

The 64-page guide features listings of 32 farmer-led events across Iowa.

By Tamsyn Jones

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 field day guide is now available in print — for free. The publication has been online the past few weeks. The 64-page guide features full-color listings of 32 Practical Farmers field days and other learning events taking place across Iowa and beyond from late-spring through mid-autumn.

The events feature farmers’ sharing their knowledge on topics across the agricultural spectrum, from cover crops to cheese production, managed grazing to farm machinery, small grains to soil health, urban farming to flower production and more.

Events are color-coded by region of the state to make it easier for readers to find events near them, with a corresponding map of locations. Each listing includes detailed information about the event, including driving directions. The guide also lists more than 20 additional farm-focused events organized by partner organizations.

To request a guide by mail, call the Practical Farmers office at 515-232-5661. The guide is also available online at

PFI field days are open to everyone
All Practical Farmers field days are open to everyone, occur rain or shine, and most are free. PFI field days bring farmers and the public together to learn, share knowledge and build a vibrant community working together to strengthen farms and communities in Iowa. All field days feature farmer-led discussions and farm or field tours, and many feature local foods and potlucks.

In addition to the events listed in the guide, PFI also hosts several late-winter and early-spring events that occur outside the timeline of this guide. A complete list of PFI events in Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day guide is included below, with field day locations.

2017 Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days
May 21
Two-Wheel Tractors: Old Technology, New Inspiration – Chariton

May 30 Grazing Cover Crops – Sioux Center

June 8 Strip-Till and Cover Crop Field Day – Holland

June 9 Tractors and Tools with T.D. – Coggon

June 14 Grafting, Summer Pruning and New Fruits at Berry Patch – Nevada

June 15 Gaining Resilience, One Conservation Step at a Time – Red Oak

June 22 Using Managed Grazing and CSP to Enhance Biodiversity – McGregor

June 24 Earning a Living with Urban Farming: CSA and Lifestyle – Iowa City

June 27 Parasite Management in Goat Production with FAMACHA Training – State Center

June 28 Ridge-Till, Weed Management and Oat Production – Minburn

June 29 Two New Grains and Their Uses: Hybrid Rye and Kernza – New Hampton

July 11 Transitioning to Organic Crop Farming: Tips to Help You Succeed – Ida Grove

July 15 Vegetables: Growing Giants for the Fair and “Regular” Ones, Too – Mount Pleasant

July 19 Cover Crops: Different Methods for Different Folks – Grundy Center

Aug. 3-6 Bus Trip to Dave Brandt’s Farm in Ohio – Carroll, Ohio

Aug. 3 Managing Potholes and Matching Conservation Efforts to Farm Goals – Charles City

Aug. 8 Oyster Mushroom Production – Columbus Junction

Aug. 13 Farmer-led Local Food Aggregation – Clear Lake

Aug. 14 Grass-Based Dairy Farming and Value-Added Cheese Production – Jewell

Aug. 17 Grazing Goats: From Pasture to Market – Walker

Aug. 17 Conference: Rotationally Raised — Making Small Grains Work – Ames

Aug. 21 Grazing Heritage Cattle & Sheep on Converted Crop Ground and Prairie – Bedford

Aug. 24 Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration – Des Moines

Aug. 29 A Look at Soil Regeneration with Jill Clapperton – Shenandoah

Aug. 31 Profitability of Farming Prairie Potholes – Jefferson

Sept. 7 Oat, Hay and Feed Production and Direct-Marketing – Dunkerton

Sept. 9 Organic Crop and Hog Production plus Water Quality Practices – Harlan

Sept. 14 A Little Bit of Everything in Everly – Everly

Sept. 16 Regenerative Grazing to Produce Gourmet Grass-Fed Beef – Bellevue

Sept. 23 Dried Flower Production – Cumming

Oct. 21 Looking Back at the First Year of Farming with Experienced Eyes – Hancock

Nov. 5 Hand Tools and Implements for Small Vegetable Farms – Iowa City

Jones is outreach and publications coordinator for Practical Farmers of Iowa, based in Ames. Contact her at [email protected].

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