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PFI sets annual conference

By Staff | Dec 14, 2014

AMES – Practical Farmers of Iowa “Mapping Our Future” annual conference is set 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan 23 and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 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 and from 8 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan 23 with both pre-conferences taking place at the Oakwood 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 – including a range of possible solutions to help make farms more resilient and connected in the future. From farmer-led sessions on extended 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 diverse as multi-species grazing, non-GMO crops, crafting an herbicide plan, energy conservation, re-establishing on-farm prairie, getting started in organics, business planning and making the most of a meat bundle. In addition, attendees will get to choose from 10 Saturday morning breakfast sessions, as well as eight “U-Pick” sessions on topics selected 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 members. Those who pre-register by Jan. 15 will save $10 per day.

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

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