Each week, we'll interview a different member of Practical Farmers of Iowa about their farm. We’ll hear practical information from all types of farmers: new and experienced; young and old; small and large; horticulture, livestock and row-crop farmers. We’ll talk with farmers about the issues most relevant to the farming community: the nitty gritty of growing and raising all sorts of plants and animals; on-farm research; protecting and improving soil and water quality; farm profitability; the challenges facing beginning farmers; building community in rural areas; and of course, food.
On-Farm, Episode 017: Maria and Ron Rosmann – Rosmann Family Farms
For the final episode of the first season of On-Farm, we visited the farm of Maria and Ron Rosmann of Rosmann Family Farms near Harlan. The Rosmanns have been instrumental in many of the most important agricultural movements of the last 30 years: They were pioneers in organic livestock and row crops, and were among the core of farm families that helped Practical Farmers of Iowa get off the ground in the mid 1980s. On today’s show, we’ll talk about the history of their farm, their upcoming field day on
On-Farm, Episode 016: Jamie Hostetler – Rolling Meadows Farm
This week on the show, we have Jamie Hostetler of Rolling Meadows. Jamie farms with his family near Bellevue in eastern Iowa, where they raise 100% grass-fed beef and sell Red Devon cattle for seed stock. In 2010, shortly after moving to the area, they seeded row crop ground down to pasture and have been practicing high-density grazing to regenerate the soil and produce gourmet-quality, grass-finished beef. On September 16, the Hostetlers will be hosting a field day on their farm focused on all things grass
On-Farm, Episode 015: Earl Canfield – Canfield Family Farm
This week on the show, we have Earl Canfield of Dunkerton in northeast Iowa. Earl farms with his wife Jane and their four children. The Canfield Family has spent the last two years relearning how to grow small grains in Iowa and they have researched machinery, production strategies and varieties, in addition to seeking potential market streams. One opportunity is to direct-market small grains to small-scale livestock owners as either whole grains or as part of complete mixed feeds. We'll talk about that and
On-Farm, Episode 014: Chris Teachout
This week on the show, we had Chris Teachout, who farms near Shenandoah in southwest Iowa with his wife Janenne. Chris is a fifth-generation farmer, and he and his family have been using conservation practices on their farm since the mid-80s. He raises corn, soybeans and small grains, and has been using no-till practices for over 20 years. Ultimately, his goal is to regenerate his soil with cover crops and biology. On this show, we talk with Chris about how he got started with cover crops, what soil health
On-Farm, Episode 013: Kevin Dietzel – Lost Lake Farm
This week, On-Farm traveled to Lost Lake Farm, the farm of Kevin and Ranae Dietzel, to talk to Kevin while he made mozzarella cheese and cheese curds. Lost Lake Farm is a small, grass-fed cow dairy that produces artisanal cheese in an on-farm cheesery. The Dietzels operate the farm with low capital and a small herd. They focus on what they're good at: grazing cattle and turning milk into a high-value product. Their cows are a mix of breeds, but are bred to Normande, a French breed known to produce milk for
On-Farm, Episode 012: Tyson Allchin – Allchin Acres
This week on the show, we have Tyson Allchin of Allchin Acres near Columbus Junction. Tyson has spent much of the last 10 years of his life learning everything he can about mushroom cultivation. He's grown a variety of different species of mushrooms, from oysters - which he says are the easiest to cultivate - to shiitake, to lion's mane and many others. He says that mushrooms are relatively easy to grow if you learn a few basic things, and we discuss all of it - from preparing a substrate, to inoculation, t
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Great insight into the world of Iowa farmers
Very informative. Great stories of perseverance and ingenuity of Iowa farmers. Told by the farmers themselves.