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Farmer-led webinar series restarts

November 15, 2018

AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa restarted its farmer-led webinar series — called “farminars” — on Nov. 13.

Held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday, each farminar focuses on a unique production or business management topic. All presentations are led by an experienced farmer or subject-matter expert, and attendees are able to ask questions in real time using a chatbox while they listen and watch a slideshow. The presentations are free for anyone with an internet connection.

Topics vary from advanced topics geared toward experienced growers, such this week’s presentation “Understanding and Managing Impacts of Farmed Prairie Potholes,” to introductory topics such as “Where to Begin With Winter Wheat Production.” In that farminar on Nov. 27, experienced farmer Paul Ackley will advise Kristy and Bob Walker on how to add winter wheat to their diversified farm.

The Walkers hope to add winter wheat to their crop rotation to help improve soil health, provide feed for their livestock and use in baked goods at their winery.

Other farminar topics this season include growing and marketing unusual fruits on Nov. 20, grazing cover crops with sheep on Dec. 4, organic seedling production on Dec. 11, and managing disease in vegetable crops on Dec. 18. An additional farminar series is set to take place January through February 2019, and will be announced in December.

To participate, visit practicalfarmers.org/farminars. A schedule for all upcoming farminars, as well as the recordings for 153 past farminars, is also available at this link.

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