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This profile was last updated on 3/16/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Member of the Network Advisory Co...

Phone: (515) ***-****  HQ Phone
On-Farm Network
1255 SW Prairie Trial Parkway
Ankeny , Iowa 50023
United States

Company Description: The On-Farm Network® is an organization of crop producers interested in economics, stewardship, and reducing their environmental footprint. It began with a...   more

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News & Notes | March 16, 2011 | On-Farm Network®, 16 Mar 2011 [cached]
In early February, Tracy Blackmer, Denny Friest, and Suzy Friedman participated in a teleconference for Environmental Defense Fund donors.
Suzy Friedman, EDF, Denny Friest, On-Farm Network® advisory council member and grower participant and Tracy Blackmer, director of the On-Farm Network, appeared before the Iowa House of Representatives agriculture and environment committee on February 21.
January 19, 2011 | News Notes | On-Farm Network®, 19 Jan 2011 [cached]
Denny Friest, Radcliffe, IA is one of the first growers to participate in the On-Farm Network®. Friest, with his wife Helen, son Brent, and daughter-in-law Colette, operates Friest Farms. Their operations includes 1,450 acres of corn and soybeans and a hog enterprise in which they farrow 275 sows and finish10,000 market hogs annually.
Friest became involved with in Iowa Soybean Association in 1990. Since then, he has served on the state board of directors and as a director on the American Soybean Association board. He continues to serve on his county board and has been a member of the On-Farm Network advisory council since it was organized.
Friest describes the beginning of the On-Farm Network.
Through the On-Farm Network, Friest has studied nitrogen and manure management intensively. With a goal of producing economically optimal yields, he has steadily cut back on nitrogen use until he's now confidently applying 40-60 lbs. per acre less than he was 10 years ago, while producing more corn per acre now than he was then.
"We had 36 different replicated strip trials going in 2010," says Friest.
When nitrogen prices started skyrocketing, then economics became more important," says Friest.
Participating in the program helped growers better understand nitrogen use and the issues surrounding it. "Becoming a better steward has been a bigger driver than cost for most farmers who are involved," says Friest.
Friest has helped promote the growth of the On-Farm Network program both in and outside of Iowa. He's helped lobby for funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and from the NRCS, as well. "I've travelled with Tracy (Blackmer) to the Delmarva area and Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, to talk with growers there about how this program can help them become better stewards and better managers. Last summer we visited with growers and others in Mississippi and found a lot of interest there. Growers in both Iowa and Mississippi are working to improve water quality in the Gulf, but there's still a lot of work to be done.
Friest says the program has value in other ways, as well.
It's a very valuable tool," says Friest.
March 16, 2011 | News Notes | On-Farm Network®, 16 Mar 2011 [cached]
Our ringers for the meeting were Tracy Blackmer of ISA and Denny Friest, ISA Board Member and long-time On Farm Network participant.
Tracy and Denny talked to the group about the role of the Farmer Board in Iowa and how important it is to the success of the project.
ASA/DuPont Young Leaders Complete Training at Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l - American Soybean Association American Soybean Association, 9 Jan 2006 [cached]
"The 2005 class is an impressive and energetic group of leaders that can shape the future of agriculture," said Dennis Friest, soybean producer from Radcliffe, Iowa. Friest is an ASA Board member and former ASA/DuPont Young Leader, who addressed the group on the importance of leadership.
Iowa Soybean Association Board Of Directors, 13 Aug 2006 [cached]
Dennis Friest of Radcliffe
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