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PFI Winter Farminer Line-up Announced

Posted: Wed, January 17, 2018

PFI Winter Farminer Line-up Announced

Practical Farmers of Iowa will offer nine new topics as part of its long-running Tuesday night webinar series, known as farminars, thus continuing its farmer-to-farmer education through the winter. Farminars offer practical knowledge for beginning and experienced farmers raising row crops, livestock, fruits and vegetables, and are free for anyone with an internet connection to participate.

Farminars are held every Tuesday at 7 p.m., and each focuses on a unique production or business management topic. All presentations are led by a farmer or subject-matter expert, and attendees are able to ask questions in real-time using a chatbox while they listen and watch a slideshow.

Topics covered in the farminar series range from technical issues for the advanced grower – such as the March 6 presentation “Planter Technology for Cash Crops Planted Into Cover Crops” – to introductory topics for beginning farmers.

Other farminar topics this season include using permaculture design at the farm scale; growing woody ornamentals to sell as cut flowers; beginning farmer barriers and strategies; red clover as a preferred cover crop; native habitat restoration for pollinators; getting started with niche pork; and direct meat marketing.

To participate: Go to and click the “Join in” button and select to sign in as “Guest.” A schedule for all upcoming farminars – as well as the recordings for 144 past farminars – is also available at this link.

Click here for the full line-up.

Jan. 9 – “Using Permaculture Design and Farming Solo” – Clare Hintz

Jan. 16 – “Dive into Growing Woodies as Cut Flowers” – Rachael Ackerman

**Jan. 23—OFF**

Jan. 30 – “Beginning Farmer Barriers and Strategies” – Jenny Quiner, Bill and Stacey Borrenpohl

Feb. 6 – “Red Clover: Still the “Cadillac” of Cover Crops” – Bill Deen

Feb. 13 – “Using Natives to Create Pollinator Habitat: A Guide to Native Restoration” – Jessi Strinmoen, Dennis Pederson

Feb. 20 – “Getting Started with Niche Pork” – Alyssa Juergensen, Dan Wilson

Feb. 27 – “Managing Risk on a Young Livestock Farm” – Caleb and Jacqueline Shinn, Rodney Sebastian

Mar. 6 – “Planter Technology for Cash Crops in Cover Crops” – Robb Ewoldt, Jeremy Marsden

Mar. 13 – “Direct Marketing at Seven Sons Farm” – Brooks Hitzfield

Practical Farmers’ 2018 winter farminars are made possible with funding from Cedar Tree, Ceres Trust, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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