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Free Practical Farmers? 2018 field day guides are now available

AMES ? The 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. This year Practical Farmers of Iowa is expanding the number of events 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.


A complete list of PFI events in Practical Farmers? 2018 field day guide is below, along with field day locations.


2018 Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days:


June 19 ? Wows and Woes of Diversifying with Cover Crops and Small Grains, Weldon


June 20-23 ? GrassFed Exchange Conference in South Dakota, Rapid City, S.D.


June 21 ? Teaming Up and Starting a Vegetable Farm, Decorah


June 26 ? Thinking Outside the Box With Cover Crops, Washington


June 27 ? Combine Clinic for Small Grains Harvesting, Grundy Center


June 28 ? Small Grains, Big Opportunities ? Graze, Brew, Harvest, Build Soil, Bedford


June 28 ? Conservation Infrastructure on a Diverse Livestock Farm, La Motte


July 7 ? Landing a Farm ? Long-Term Leases and Other Options, Iowa City


July 11 ? Mechanical Weed Control for Organic Crop Production, Brighton


July 12 ? Small Grains, Modest Gains: A Pragmatic Approach, Janesville, Wis.


July 14 ? New Beginnings: Organic Transition at a Diversified Dairy Farm, Maynard


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 20 ? Improving Organic Crop Production, Paullina


July 24 ? RAGBRAI ? Top of the Hill at Full Circle Farm, Madrid


July 26 ? Terry?s Techniques: Seed-Saving and Cultivation Equipment, Crescent


July 30 ? CONFERENCE: Rotationally Raised ? Making Small Grains Work, Mankato, Minn.


July 31 ? Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration + Soil Health Event, Red Oak


Aug. 7 ? Weed Control for Organic Row Crops, Jefferson


Aug. 9 ? Raising Prairie: Seeds, Plants and Restoration, Spencer


Aug. 10 ? Planning and Installing Beneficial Insect Habitat, Grinnel


Aug. 15 ? Bus Trip to Joel Gruver?s WIU Organic Research Farm, Roseville, Ill.


Aug. 23 ? Next Generation Summit, Newton


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


Aug. 25 ? AgArts Field Day of Family, Food and Fun, Hastings


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. 5 ? Tree Crop Field Class, Wapello


Sept. 6 ? Cover Crops and On-Farm Conservation, Marble Rock


Sept. 8 ? Grass-Fed Beef: From Production to Marketing, Exira


Sept. 10 ? Cover Crops + Small Grains = A Perfect Pair for Soil Health and Water Quality, Stanton


Sept. 13 ? Cider and Pumpkins at Historic Deal?s Orchard, Jefferson


Sept. 14 ? Hands-On Livestock Care With a Veterinarian, Sac City


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


Sept. 22 ? From Rotational Grazing to Regenerative Grazing,Grant City, Mo.


Oct. 5 ? Cheese and Ice Cream Production at Kalona Creamery, Kalona


Oct. 14 ? Fall Vegetable Production and Planning, Mechanicsville


Nov. 1-3 ? Forage Chains and Forage-Finishing ? 3 Days With Anibal Pordomingo, West Branch


Nov. 8 ? Root and Tuber Crop Production, Sioux Center