PRACTICAL FARMERS OF IOWA
For those people interested in sustainable agriculture and keeping well informed through a quarterly publication, webinars, on-farm programs and seminars please consider joining Practical Farmers of Iowa, 137 Lynn Avenue, Suite 200, Ames, IA 50014-7126, telephone - (515) 232-5661; website - www.practicalfarmers.org. Dues are $60.00 per year for a farm or household; $50.00 per year for an adult individual; $110.00 per year for an organization; $20.00 per year for an individual student; and $1,000.00 for a lifetime membership. The dues are tax deductable. You do not have to live in Iowa to join or gain superb knowledge from this group.
I have been extremely impressed with the quality of information and education this group provides. It is a refreshing change from most other groups.
The Safe Seed Pledge
We endorse the Safe Seed Pledge which states: "Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further asses the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately people and communities."
The Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities (SPPA)
The SPPA was established in 1967. The organization works with and recognizes all breeds of domestic poultry (chickens, bantams, ducks, geese and guineas). Their objectives are to perpetuate and improve rare breeds of poultry; to sponsor awards and shows to encourage more exhibiting and better breeding; and to help each other locate rare stock. If you wish to join the SPPA, contact Dr. Charles R. H. Everett, 1057 Nick Watts Road, Lugoff, SC 29078. For additional information visit the SPPA website.