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Practical Farmers set annual conference

By Staff | Nov 24, 2014

AMES – Practical Farmers of Iowa “Mapping Our Future,” annual conference is set from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 23, 2015 and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2015 at the Iowa State Center Scheman Building at the Iowa State University Campus in Ames.

The conference schedule will also include two pre-conference short courses from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 22, 2015 and from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23, 2015 with both pre- conferences taking place at the Oak- wood Road Church in Ames.

This year’s theme spotlights the decisions Iowa farmers face as they wrestle with land management and

farm transfer, erosion and soil health, price and weather volatility – in- cluding a range of possible solutions to help make farms more resilient and connected in the future.

From farmer-led sessions on ex- tended crop rotations, irrigation and land transition to pollinator habitat, profit margins and grazing systems, attendees will come away with ideas for how to chart their own farming futures.

Conference workshops include a choice of 29 in-depth topics as di- verse as multi-species grazing, non- GMO crops, crafting an herbicide plan, energy conservation, re-estab- lishing on-farm prairie, getting start-

ed in organics, business planning and making the most of a meat bundle.

In addition, attendees will get to choose from 10 morning breakfast sessions on Jan. 24, 2015, as well as eight “U-Pick” sessions on topics se- lected this fall by Practical Farmers members.

The conference will also feature a drama “Map My Kingdom by Iowa playright Mary Swander.

Registration: Special rates are available for students and PFI mem- bers. Those who pre-register by Jan. 15, 2015 will save $10 per day.

For information on the workshops and to register online, visit practicalfarmers.org/2015.

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