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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 11:37:45 -0600
From: Derrick N Exner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Notice of PFI Winter Workshops
Saturday, January 9, Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) holds its annual
Winter Workshops, a day of information and energy, at the Ames Gateway
Holiday Inn. Featured speakers include chef Odessa Piper and Successful
Farming Magazine editor Loren Kruse, Dr. Margaret Mellon of the Union of
Concerned Scientists, and dozens of midwestern producers who will share
their skills and experiences.
"Spirit of Place, the meaning and practice of regional reliance" is Odessa
Piper's theme. At her Madison, Wisconsin restaurant L'Etoile, Piper
features locally produced foods, including premium pork raised on Iowa
farms that use sustainable, humane practices. She will show why "eating
local" is also eating well and is important for our future. Loren Kruse
plans to share his thoughts on "Growing More Joy in the Farming Business."
As editor in chief at Successful Farming, Kruse is keenly aware of the
turmoil in rural America precipitated by historic low prices in meats and
grains. Without trivializing the crisis, he will point to strengths and
resources that even creative farmers may not have thought of.
Workshops will cover a range of technical and social topics. They are:
GMOs: Updates, Assumptions and Concerns
Margaret Mellon, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, D.C.
Value Added from Beans to Tofu and Beyond– Tom Lacina, Paul Lang of Natural
Products, and Lesley Lloyd of Optimum Quality Grains
Realities of Holistic Veterinary Practices
Dr. Randy Kidd and PFI panel
Local Food Systems for Regional Reliance Odessa Piper, Robert Karp, Kamyar
Enshayan, David Tousain, and Carol Hunt
Soil Quality and Weed Management: What's the Connection?
Matt Liebman, ISU
Women Growing Together – a new way to connect
Mary Holmes and Virginia Wadsley
Outlook on Organics
Kathleen Delate, ISU Extension
Farming Without Inheriting – a discussion
Flaming for Weed Management
Richard DeWilde, Joe Fitzgerald, Dennis Lutteke
Facing the Challenge of Urban Sprawl
LaVon Griffieon and Ed Fallon
Multigenerational Families on the Farm
Beth Fleming, ISU Extension
Hoop House Composting and Manure Management
Tom Richard, ISU, and farmer panel
Lessons of Life from a CSA
Gary Huber, Jan Libbey, Gary Guthrie
Pigs, Profits, and Marketing Networks
Kendall Thu, University of Iowa and producer panel
Cost Cutting Ideas
Dave Lubben and farmer panel
Seeds for the Future
Margaret Mellon, Ricardo Salvador, ISU Agronomy, and Donald Duvick, former Vice
President for Research, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Intl.
An annual highlight of these meetings is the producer poster session, where
some of Iowa's most creative rural citizens show their stuff.
Preregistration is $5 per person, $10 per family ($10/$15 at the door) and
guarantees you a place at the Iowa Bounty luncheon featuring locally grown
meats and vegetables ($10 adults, $5 children). For nonmembers there will
be an additional $20 (per family) door charge, which is the cost of
membership. Contact Nan Bonfils, at 515-294-8512 (email@example.com).
Rick (Derrick N.) Exner, Ph.D.
PFI Farming Systems Coordinator
Practical Farmers of Iowa
2104 Agronomy Hall, ISU, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-5486, -9985 fax
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