With harvest nearly complete, now is a good time to check out Practical Farmers of Iowa’s new fall lineup of “Farminars.”
Practical Farmers of Iowa, an organization that advances profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture, will be hosting eight online seminars called Farminars on Tuesdays from November 1 through December 27. Farminars provide an opportunity for farmers to learn from other farmers in the off-season without having to travel. Any computer with an Internet connection may be used to participate. Melville Kennedy, Davison, Michigan, has watched Practical Farmers of Iowa Farminars regularly since they began in the fall of 2009. “This is an excellent venue for the beginning farmer to get ideas and firsthand knowledge from people with experience in farming,” he says.
All eight Farminars will feature a beginning farmer learning from an experienced speaker. Participants can view the program live online and ask questions throughout the presentation in real time. Expert speakers include a farmer who is a social media power user, a farmer proficient in seeding pasture, farmers who market specialty meats, innovative fruit and vegetable farmers, a USDA beginning farmer farm loan manager and a local foods wholesale distributor. Topics include farm financing, wholesale marketing, social media, successful pasture seed mixes, marketing grass-fed beef, affordable season extension, record keeping best practices and high tunnels.
To register and participate in the Farminars, visit www.practicalfarmers.org/farminar. Recordings of previous Farminars, which number 36 to date, can also be viewed at this URL.
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Fall Farminar lineup
Tuesday, November 1, 7-8:30 p.m., “Financing options for beginning farmers” with Andy Hunziker, Jason Jones and Erin Drinnin
From bank loans to USDA beginning farmer loans and small business development loans, this Farminar will review financing options for beginners.
- Jason Jones and Erin Drinnin are Des Moines beginning farmers. Jason has worked for eight years on three different fruit and vegetable farms. Currently, he is the farm manager of the Homestead near Pleasant Hill. Jason and Erin are looking for financing to start their own business, Wilted Leaf Farm, in central Iowa.
- Andy Hunziker, Farm Loan Manager for the Boone County USDA Farm Service Agency, administers the agency’s loan programs that provide financing for beginning farmers in centralIowa.