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40 FIELD DAYS: The 80-page guide features PFI field days and other learning events on ag topics.

Practical Farmers of Iowa field day guide available

PFI is hosting 40 farmer-led events across Iowa and the Midwest this summer and fall.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2018 field day guide is now available in print for free. The 80-page guide features full-color listings of 40 Practical Farmers field days and other learning events taking place across Iowa and beyond from late spring through mid-autumn.

The events feature farmers’ knowledge on topics across the ag spectrum, from cover crops to cheese production, vegetable production to farm leases, grazing practices to farm infrastructure, small grains to soil health, and raising prairie plants to seed-saving.

“This year, as part of our effort to amplify our impact, Practical Farmers of Iowa is expanding the number of events we are holding in nearby states, with events in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin,” says Tamsyn Jones, outreach and publications coordinator for PFI.

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 26 additional farm-focused events organized by partner organizations.

To request a guide by mail, call the PFI office at 515-232-5661. The guide is also available to download at

All Practical Farmers field days are open to everyone, occur rain or shine, and most are free to attend. The field days bring farmers together with each other and the public to learn and share knowledge. “Through these interactions, we seek to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities,” Jones says. “All field days feature farmer-led discussions and farm or field tours, and many feature local food 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’ 2018 field day guide is below, along with field day locations.

2018 PFI field days
 May 31, Growing Garlic and Marketing the Farm, Johnston

 June 19 – Wows and Woes of Diversifying With Cover Crops and Small Grains – Weldon

 June 20-23 –Grass Fed Exchange Conference in South Dakota – Rapid City, S.D.

 June 21 – Teaming Up and Starting a Vegetable Farm – Decorah

 June 26 – Thinking Outside the Box with Cover Crops – Washington

 June 27 – Combine Clinic for Small Grains Harvesting – Grundy Center

 June 28 – Small Grains, Big Opportunities – Graze, Brew, Harvest, Build Soil – Bedford

 June 28 – Conservation Infrastructure on a Diverse Livestock Farm – La Motte

 July 7 – Landing a Farm: Long-term Leases and Other Options – Iowa City

 July 11 – Mechanical Weed Control for Organic Crop Production – Brighton

 July 12 – Small Grains, Modest Gains: A Pragmatic Approach – Janesville, Wis.

 July 14 – New Beginnings: Organic Transition at a Diversified Dairy Farm – Maynard

 July 17 – Expanding Conservation With Cover Crops, Livestock and Small Grains – Dayton

 July 18 – Cover Crops and Soil Health at the Grundy County Fair – Grundy Center

 July 20 – Improving Organic Crop Production – Paullina

 July 24 – RAGBRAI: Top of the Hill at Full Circle Farm – Madrid

 July 26 – Terry’s Techniques: Seed-saving and Cultivation Equipment – Crescent

 July 30 – Rotationally Raised: Making Small Grains Work – Mankato, Minn.

 July 31 – Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration Plus Soil Health Event – Red Oak

 Aug. 7 – Weed Control for Organic Row Crops – Jefferson

 Aug. 9 – Raising Prairie: Seeds, Plants and Restoration – Spencer

 Aug. 10 – Planning and Installing Beneficial Insect Habitat – Grinnell

 Aug. 15 – Bus Trip to Joel Gruver’s WIU Organic Research Farm – Roseville, Ill.

 Aug. 23 – Next-generation Summit – Newton

 Aug. 24 – DIY Watering and Corral Systems for Cattle and Pigs – Winterset

 Aug. 25 – AgArts Field Day of Family, Food and Fun – Hastings

 Aug. 27 – Livestock Integration on a Small-scale Vegetable Farm – Dallas Center

 Aug. 28-30 –Visit Cover Crop Farmer Experts at the Farm Progress Show – Boone

 Sept. 5 – Tree Crop Field Class – Wapello

 Sept. 6 – Cover Crops and On-Farm Conservation – Marble Rock

 Sept. 8 – Grass-fed Beef: From Production to Marketing – Exira

 Sept. 10 – Cover Crops + Small Grains = A Perfect Pair for Soil Health and Water Quality – Stanton

 Sept. 13 – Cider and Pumpkins at Historic Deal’s Orchard – Jefferson

 Sept. 14 – Hands-on Livestock Care With a Veterinarian – Sac City

 Sept. 16 – Production to Market at Pheasant Run Farm – Van Horne

 Sept. 22 – From Rotational Grazing to Regenerative Grazing – Grant City, Mo.

 Oct. 5 – Cheese and Ice Cream Production at Kalona Creamery – Kalona

 Oct. 14 – Fall Vegetable Production and Planning – Mechanicsville

 Nov. 1-3 – Forage Chains and Forage-finishing: 3 Days With Anibal Pordomingo – West Branch

 Nov. 8 – Root and Tuber Crop Production – Sioux Center

Source: Practical Farmers of Iowa

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