Practical Farmers of Iowa has developed a free autumn online seminar series in an effort to help farmers learn from other farmers without having to travel. The interactive webinars -- called Fall Farminars – occur live each Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST, from Nov. 6 through Dec. 18, and are open to everyone. Enterprises to be discussed span livestock, vegetable and row crop farming. Any computer with an Internet connection may be used to participate.
These farminars are led by farmers and many are presented in a 'fish-bowl' format where attendees listen as an experienced farmer answers a beginning farmer's questions. To participate or see upcoming farminars, visit the PFI website. All archived farminars and audio podcasts of past farminars are also available at this link.
Topics featured this fall will include: labor law for hired farm laborers; retail meat sales; producing fresh greens; planning grazing in drought; poultry enterprise budgets; equipment for the beginning crop or livestock farm; and pricing and marketing produce.
Sustainable farming interests
Alisa Marshall, Newton, Iowa, watched her first farminar last spring. "Farminars are educational, full of great information and presented in a conversational format," Alisa says. "It's great to learn from someone's experiences. Farminars are like great talk radio tailored to an audience with sustainable farming interests."
Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2012 Fall Farminars are made possible with funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Grant #210-49400-21843; USDA Risk Management Agency; USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant Program through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Cedar Tree Foundation; Ag Ventures Alliance; John Deere; and Clif Bar.
Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmer and friends of farmers advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to farming through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables and more. For additional information, call 515-232-5661 or visit PFI online.