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Membership Dues: $25/year; $75 /3 years. Includes
newsletter, annual field day guide and optional listing in membership directory
Newsletter: The Practical Farmer (quarterly).
helping farmers make decisions" is the self-description formulated by the
PFI board of directors, 10 producers elected by the membership from 5 membership
districts in Iowa. The membership of 500 also includes, as associate
(nonvoting) members, many non-farmers and people from outside Iowa.
PFI has carried out an on-farm research program since 1987 and has
developed procedures that farmers can use to conduct and analyze their own
research. PFI members have accomplished more than 400 of these experiments.
PFI works intensively with a group of two to three dozen farmer-researchers, "cooperators,"
who demonstrate their practices at farm field days. A second network of
community-based groups pursues a variety of projects, from beginning farmer
efforts, to agroforestry, to holistic management, to community-supported
agriculture ("CSA"), to a county-wide manure brokerage.
PFI partners with a number of organizations and agencies. One of the
organization's oldest collaborations is with Iowa State University. PFI funds
two ISU Extension staff to coordinate on-farm research and community-based
groups. Through these staff, many collaborative projects have been developed
that involve ISU scientists in cooperative research on farms and group-building
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