Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Free Farminar Web Series Starts January 4 | KWBG AM1590 | Boone, Iowa
AMES, Iowa â€” Iowa’s practical farmers winter 2022 webinar series called ‘farminars’ will begin on Tuesday, January 4 with a presentation from Virginia farmer and consultant Eliza Greenman on how to incorporate animal husbandry, agroforestry and horticulture.
The event is one of 11 farminars offered through March 29 on issues relevant to new and experienced row crop, livestock and horticultural farmers, as well as landowners.
All farminars take place every week on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST, are free to attend and anyone with an Internet connection is welcome to participate. Each presentation focuses on a unique production or business management topic and is led by a farmer or subject matter expert. Participants can ask questions in real time using a chat box during presentations.
To participate: Go to practicefarmers.org/farminars, click the â€œRegister to Joinâ€ button, follow the instructions and click the URL to join. A calendar of all upcoming farminars – as well as recordings of archived farminars – is also available at this link.
Other topics in the 2022 series will explore organic no-till in rows; on-farm research on cover crops, manure and nitrogen; production of organic seeds; day neutral organic strawberries; the integration of grassland strips into agricultural fields; marketing of grass-fed beef; estate planning; direct online marketing; and farmland conservation programs.
The 2022 series will also feature a farminar in Spanish on March 15 exploring ways to manage weeds and pollinators with mesotunnel production of crops like cucumbers, melons and squash. For more details on the event and the speakers, visit practicefarmers.org/farminars.
The 2022 Series Farminars include:
- 4: “Fruits and Forages” – Eliza Greenman
- 18: “High-yield organic direct sowing” – Brett Israel
- 1: â€œOn-farm research explores cover crops, manure, nitrogen and yieldsâ€ – Woody Van Arkel and Cameron Ogilvie
- 8: â€œMysteries Revealed: Organic Seed Production and How Growers Can Play a Roleâ€ – Adrienne Shelton
- 15: â€œDay-neutral organic strawberry production in the Upper Midwestâ€ – Aaron Wills
- 22: â€œPrairie Strips & Conservation Programsâ€ – Paul Mugge and Tim Youngquist
- March 1: â€œMarketing Grass-Fed Beef at Grand View Beefâ€ – Amanda Severson
- March 8: â€œEstate and Estate Planningâ€ – Beverly Jones
- March 15: (Presented in Spanish only) â€œOptimizaciÃ³n de polinizaciÃ³n y manejo de malezas bajo mesotunelesâ€ / â€œOptimization of pollination and weed management under mesotunnelsâ€ – Sharon Badilla-Arias
- March 22: â€œOnline Marketing for Pasture Productsâ€ – Hannah Bernhardt
- March 29: â€œWork Land Conservation Programs: Resources and Strategies for Successâ€ – Kalee Olson and Kayla Bergman
Practical Farmers Winter 2022 Farminars are made possible through funding from the Cedar Tree Foundation; Rural Affairs Center; Ceres Trust; United States Environmental Protection Agency; the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative of the National Food and Agriculture Institute; and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
(contributed press release, PFI)