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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days

The Rodale Institute’s George DeVault and PFI co-founder Dick Thompson will share memories as PFI celebrates a 20th Anniversary event on June 30, hosted by Ron and Maria Rosmann.

Other field day topics include:

Two of the hottest new alternative crops: organic flax and low-linolenic soybeans will be highlighted on the Greg Wiley, Dick Gallagher and Ron Dunphy farms, as well as others.

Vic and Cindy Madsen host a field day in September exploring their participation in the Conservation Security Program (CSP).

Vic and Cindy will show the many conservation practices on their farm while experts discuss the details of the CSP.

Organic-related field days include Laura Krouse (vegetables and corn, July 27 near Mt. Vernon), Nan Bonfils & Don Adams (corn, Sept. 11 near Boone) and Amy Miller and Mike Natvig (corn, Sept. 27 near Cresco).

A swine herd health workshop and look at alternative hog production July 26 on the Dan and Lorna Wilson farm.

A comprehensive grape-growing workshop hosted by Richard Black on July 23. Winemaking and wineries will also be covered.

For more information, call the PFI office at 515-232-5661, or go to http://www.practicalfarmers.org/ Field day guides available while they last.

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