Young Farmer Program
The Young Farmer Program
The Young Farmer Program brings together young farmers from across the state of Iowa. The program, for farmers(age 18 - 35), provides leadership and participation opportunities to encourage young members to build a stronger network and become active in the organization and the agricultural community at all levels - county, state and national
Bob Joslin Award
This award is an opportunity for young farmers who are actively
contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau and
agriculture to earn recognition. Participants are judged on their
involvement in agriculture and leadership ability. The Joslin Award winner will receive a D170 lawn tractor from John Deere
, our new award sponsor.
Nominations from the County Farm Bureau are due August 31.
Congratulations to the 2011 Joslin Award winner - Jay Lynch from Humboldt County
Young Farmer Conference
Mark your calendars - January 25 - 26, 2013. Click here
to view the 2012 agenda. The Discussion Meet
is sponsored by John Deere
Individuals compete on a panel of three to
six people in a free-wheeling style as if they were sitting around the
kitchen table discussing a problem. They exchange ideas and information
to solve the problem. Each contestant is judged on cooperative attitude,
problem solving & implementation, delivery and analysis of the
topic. The four topics are current ag issues and are selected by the
AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Committee.
The preliminary rounds were held during the Young Farmer Conference, January 27 - 28. The top eight* winners will advance to the state finals at the
IFBF Annual Meeting in December. Prizes are awarded to the top four
contestants. Click here
for more information.
We're pleased to announced that John Deere is now sponsoring the
Congratulations to the 2011 winner Jamie Busch - Upah
from Tama County.
Good luck in Hawaii at the AFBF Discussion Meet!
*2012 Discussion Meet Finalists:
Tamara Heim, Harrison County, Tim Keegan, Linn County, Vernon Knaack, Woodbury County, Steve Nelson, Franklin County, Ben Pullen, Clay County, Brianne Streck, Woodbury County, Dan Hansen, Audubon County, Brian Jones, Adair County
This award recognizes young farmers for their
efforts in growth and progress of their farming operation and leadership
achievement. The key is the growth and financial progress the
candidate(s) have made since they started farming. Candidates complete an application on their farm operation, financial information (confidentiality guaranteed) and leadership experience.
The first round of applications were due May 11, 2012. The top three finalists are completing the second phase of their applications.
Winners will be announced during the IFBF Annual Meeting in December.
Prizes are awarded to the top three applicants. The Iowa winner will
compete in the AFBF competition in Nashville, 2013. Click here
for more information on the contest and prizes.
We're pleased to announced that John Deere is the
Congratulations to the 2011 Top 3:
1st Justin and Jennifer Dammann, Page County
2nd Tom and Jessica Forbes, Harrison County
3rd Mark and Stacey Boender, Mahaska County