Thursday, January 18

Noon - 1 p.m. Short Course Registration 
1 - 6:30 p.m. Short Course 

Friday, January 19

8 - 11:30 a.m. Short Course Continue 
11 a.m. Conference registration opens
Exhibit Hall Opens 
12:30 p.m. Silent Auction opens 
12:30 - 2 p.m. Session I Friday Workshops
2 - 3 p.m. 1-hour networking break in Exhibit Hall
Support our sponsors! 
3 - 4:30 p.m. Session II Friday Workshops
4:45 p.m. Practical Farmers Update  
5:15 p.m. Sustainable Agriculture
Achievement Award Presentation 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Keynote Address 
7 - 11 p.m. PFI Potluck, CPMI Event Center 2321 North Loop Dr., Ames

Saturday, January 20

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast  
7:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens 
8:30 - 9:40 a.m. Session I Sat Workshops 
10 - 11:10 a.m. Session II Sat Workshops  
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch 
1 - 2:10 p.m. Session III Sat Workshops  
2:30 - 3:40 p.m. Session IV Sat Workshops  
4 - 5:10 p.m.  Session V Sat Workshops  

4:45 p.m. FRIDAY


Get a summary of our work in 2017 and hear plans for 2018 and beyond. We just completed our strategic plan for 2018-2020 and look forward to sharing our mission, vision and priorities for the coming years. Board elections will also take place; please come and vote!

7 p.m. FRIDAY | Meet Old Friends and New!


Please bring a side dish and beverages to share. Practical Farmers will provide a main dish, water and tableware. Potluck party Hosts: Ty and Bobbie Gustafson of Story City Locker, and Donna Prizgintas and Lonna Nachtigal of the DonnaLonna Kitchen show.
You may drop off at Schewan when you arrive for the conference, and we will transport it for you! We can keep food hot or cold.

7:30 a.m. SATURDAY


Show up early for hot food, coffee and tea, and get to know people from all over the Midwest.


Please consider donating quality gifts to this long-standing silent auction. Proceeds provide Practical Farmers with funds to be member-directed. Examples of popular silent auction gifts include books, seeds or plant stock, gift baskets and handmade items.


CEUs will be offered this year!