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AGRICULTURE

Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day Guide available

May 27, 2014

AMES —Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2014 Field Day Guide is now available.

The roster includes 35 field days showcasing diverse farming, livestock, land management, farm business and on-farm energy and conservation practices across Iowa.

The guide is available to view or download for free at www.practicalfarmers.org, and features a map of Iowa showing where events will take place. To request a guide by mail, call 515-232-5661.

Practical Farmers field days are open to the public, occur rain or shine and most are free to attend.

Practical Farmers of Iowa field days give farmers the chance to network with their peers and learn about innovative farming practices, and provide the public with a prime opportunity to learn first-hand about the scope and diversity of agriculture in Iowa. Events are hosted by farmers and feature farmer-led discussions, farm or field tours, pasture walks, on-farm research and demonstration projects and the chance to enjoy local foods.

The first event will be Saturday. Mike Natvig, who farms near Cresco in northeastern Iowa, will host a one-day Holistic Management course on his farm from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Co-organized by Practical Farmers and Land Stewardship Project, the course – “Biological Monitoring with Holistic Management” – will teach participants how to identify signs of healthy soil, plant and animals systems, as well as how to judge if land management changes are in line with goals. Pre-registration is required by Friday. Location details and directions will be provided to course registrants. For full details, visit http://practicalfarmers.org/news-events/newsroom.

Other field days this season will cover topics as diverse as: three-crop rotations; small grains; grazing cover crops; intercropping in vegetables; using cattle to manage and maintain native prairie and tree groves; collecting yield data; trimming hooves, hair and feathers for animal health and for show; growing watermelons with row-crop machinery; dairy goat management; Tribally Supported Agriculture; on-farm poultry processing; soil stewardship; energy conservation; and more.

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