Flying Farmers

Check out events where the worlds of farmers and pilots overlap.

By Nancy Dorman-Hickson | Photos By Joyce Rust

Wendell Rust, IFF president

Wendell Rust, IFF president

International Flying Farmers [IFF] has served agriculturalists who aviate since it began in 1944. Consisting of 24 state and provincial chapters throughout North America, IFF often describes its events as “drive-ins” or “fly-ins,” depending on whether participants arrive via road or air. Once there, talk turns to seeding and soaring among those who share know-how about both planting and piloting.

Once an organization that was 11,000 members strong and that lobbied for rural pilots, the IFF now has just under 1,000 members. “But what we lack in numbers, the organization makes up for in experience and heritage,” says IFF President Wendell Rust of Bourbon, Indiana, who has a farm that’s been in his family for 131 years.

Upcoming 2014 IFF Events

September 12-14 Ontario Chapter Convention, Niagara Falls, ON

September 22-26 IFF “Rails and Tales” New Hampshire Bus Tour, Allentown, PA

October 10-12 Michigan Fall Cabin Fly-In, Luzerne, MI

October 17-18 Region III Tour, Litchfield, IL

January 13-14, 2015 IFF Workshop, Navarre, FL

February 13-15, 2015 Heartland Convention, Alliance, NE

July 18-23, 2015 2015 IFF Convention, Helena, MT

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