Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Announces Appointment of Farm Business Development Manager

2/4/2013 9:06:54 AM
Andrew Wheeler

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is pleased to welcome Nathan Katzer as their new Farm Business Development Manager.   The native of Creston begins his new role February 4th. 

Although the average age of Iowa farmers is 57 years old, the thriving agriculture sector has created a resurgence of new and young farmers entering the industry.  “Transitioning farming operations to the next generation and establishing a clear succession plan came through strongly in our meetings with young farmers and others as part of our recent strategic planning process,” said Joe Johnson, IFBF Field Service director.  The creation of the Farm Business Development Manager position is a direct response to the needs of Iowa Farm Bureau members.               

As Farm Business Development Manager, Katzer will be developing and conducting programs and services that will help members begin new farm businesses, improve their existing farm and business management skills, and improve net farm income.  In addition, Katzer will also be working to develop and facilitate programs that assist in farm business transition and help beginning farmers enter agriculture.

Katzer earned his undergraduate degree in Public Service & Administration in Agriculture and Agronomy from Iowa State University.  Katzer’s background includes experience in agriculture business development, financial risk management, and grain marketing.             

“This position can add value for the Farm Bureau members seeking resources and information on the key issues affecting Iowa farm families.  Ensuring every farming generation has the support and advocacy to be successful is imperative to the sustainment of Iowa agriculture,” said Katzer.

Katzer and his wife, Jennifer, have one son.