Practical Farmers Input Session

March 20, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Office

1615 Golden Aspen Dr. Ste 103, Ames

Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking input from beginning farmers who have been farming for at least four years. This group of “advanced” beginning farmers faces barriers that are different from those who are just getting started, or experienced farmers who have been farming for more than 10 years.

Once farmland is secured and the farm is established, farmers face new obstacles to maintaining and growing a successful business. Some potential hurdles include securing more capital or land, and managing employees. Many beginning farmer resources don’t address the growing pains for this group of more advanced beginning farmers.

To collect input from these farmers, Practical Farmers of Iowa is hosting five listening sessions across the state. PFI will use the information gathered to devise support that can help this unique group of beginning farmers overcome these barriers and meet their farming goals.

One session is set for Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Practical Farmers of Iowa office. The event is free and dinner will be provided. Farmers from all enterprises are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP at

“I have found the need for continued guidance on labor management, business direction, improving efficiency, settling on the right markets and more,” says beginning farmer Jordan Scheibel, who operates Middle Way Farm in Grinnell. “Supporting beginning farmers to not just start businesses, but to move toward financial and operational stability in their middle years is really critical to having a sustainable farm economy.”