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 agricultural spectrum, from cover crops to cheese production; vegetable production to farm leases; grazing practices to farm infrastructure; small grains to soil health; raising prairie plants to seed-saving and more.


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.


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, and 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 Practical Farmers office at 515-232-5661. The guide is also available to download at practicalfarmers.org.


All Practical Farmers field days are open to everyone, occur rain or shine, and most are free to attend. Practical Farmers of Iowa 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. 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, Practical Farmers also hosts several late-winter and early-spring events that occur outside the timeline of this guide.


A list of PFI events in surrounding areas is below, along with field day locations.


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


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


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


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


Aug. 23 – Next Generation Summit – Newton


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


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


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


Practical Farmers’ 2018 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Albert Lea Seed; Applegate Natural & Organic Meats; Blue River Organic Seed; Cascadian Farms; Center for Rural Affairs; Farm Credit Services of America; Gandy Cover Crop Seeders; Grain Millers, Inc.; Green Cover Seed; Green Thumb Commodities; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Beef Center; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE); ISU Extension and Outreach; La Crosse Forage and Turf Seed; MOSA Organic Certification; Natural Resources Defense Council; Organic Valley / Organic Prairie; PepsiCo; Pipeline Foods; Premier 1 Supplies; Sunrise Foods International; The DeLong Company; The Fertrell Company; The Scoular Company; Unilever; University of Iowa College of Public Health (I-CASH); USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service; Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; and Welter Seed & Honey Co.