AMES — Farmers Martha McFarland of Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch, Kim Anderson of Zihlman Family Farms & Blueberry Bottom and Regina Frahm of Esther Purl Fibers will host a virtual field day with Practical Farmers of Iowa exploring the process of crafting a farm succession plan on Tuesday, June 30, from 7-8:30 p.m.

The event – “Working Towards Farm Succession” – is free to attend and will take place on Zoom. To join in, visit practicalfarmers.org/field-days and click the link found on the page for this event.

Creating a farm succession plan takes time, moves slowly and involves many different people. Understanding and sharing your goals is an important step in putting together a plan.

During this event, Martha, Regina and Kim will share some of their farm succession goals. Guests will hear what has worked for them so far and what has been a challenge.

About the speakers:

Martha McFarland and her father, Dan, operate Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch near Fredericksburg on 250 acres of pasture and timber where bison and cattle graze. Martha gives educational tours to provide historical information about bison, the prairie and the history of their homesteading family who settled in Iowa over 150 years ago.

Kim Andersen is an organic farmer at Zihlman Family Farms and Blueberry Bottom, located near Brighton. Kim is a long-time educator currently teaching for Southern New Hampshire University. She and her husband, Steve, grow organic corn, soybeans, oats, hay, blueberries, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pawpaw and persimmon.

Regina Frahm owns and operates Esther Purl Fibers near Newton, raising registered white Cormo breeding stock and colored Cormo sheep. She recently opened Esther & Company, her modern-day mercantile featuring local fibers and foods. With her family, she also runs Frahm Farms raising sheep, beef cattle, corn, soybeans and hay.

This event is part of Practical Farmers’ 2020 field day season, which includes more than 60 virtual events hosted by farmers located across the state, and beyond, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum.

New this year, we have planned several event series that will let participants check in with certain farmer hosts throughout the season to learn about different facets of farm management. All of these events are free and offered a la carte: guests are welcome to attend all events in the series or pick the ones they’re most interested in.

Practical Farmers’ 2020 field days are supported by sustaining sponsors Albert Lea Seed; Barn2Door, Inc.; Grain Millers Inc.; Iowa Sustainable Ag Research and Education; Niman Ranch; Scoular; Sunderman Farm Management Co.; Trees Forever; USDA-NRCS; and Welter Seed and Honey Company, as well as several major sponsors, including: Bio Till; Center for Rural Affairs; Conservation Districts of Iowa; Farm Power Implements; Gandy Company; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; KWS Cereals; La Crosse Seed; Man@Machine; Organic Valley — CROPP Cooperative — Organic Prairie; Pipeline Foods; and Prairie Creek Seed.