Registration is open for Practical Farmers of Iowa’s fourth annual small grains conference March 4-5 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in Springfield.

Practical Farmers is expanding its work to several states throughout the Midwest, including Illinois, due to a Conservation Innovation Grant awarded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2018.

The two-day conference starts at noon March 4 and features 12 breakout sessions exploring a range of topics, from soil health and ryelage as a feed source for dairy cattle to integrating animals with a small grains operation, selling wheat to milling markets, Midwestern grain value chains, and more.

Preregistration ends Feb. 28. Walk-ins are welcome to attend. Registration is free for Practical Farmers of Iowa members or $40 for nonmembers. The cost includes lunch both days and appetizers at the buyers’ reception. Register online or call 515-232-5661.

Full conference details, including the complete list of session titles and speakers, are available on Practical Farmers’ small grains conference webpage. For questions, contact Hannah Grosspietsch at 515-232-5661 or