Our Impact: Rural Vitality

people, progress, and prideFarm Bureau has a long history of encouraging economic and entrepreneurial development in our rural communities. Our Renew Rural Iowa program offers education, mentoring, and financial assistance to grow and expand rural businesses. The program also recognizes rural entrepreneurs (through the monthly Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award) who make a positive impact on their local economies and communities and contribute to heightened vitality in rural Iowa.

Launched in 2006, Renew Rural Iowa mentored more than 3,000 Iowans and created more than $125 million in economic impact for rural Iowa in its first decade.

Renew Rural Iowa mentored 3,000-plus Iowans and created more than $125 million in economic impact for rural Iowa in its first decade.

The program also has helped several Iowa entrepreneurs thrive in national competitions and has bolstered Iowa’s status as a leader in producing rural entrepreneurs. Iowa companies won two of the first three American Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenges, and seven Iowa-based startups have placed in the top ten in the challenge’s four-year existence.

Beyond promoting rural economics, Iowa Farm Bureau believes in enhancing relations between farmers and neighbors, to ensure that rural communities remain strong.

That’s why Farm Bureau (along with five other Iowa farm groups) helped create the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers in 2004. The group works with livestock farmers to meet and exceed regulations, safeguard the environment and build neighbor relations. To date, the Coalition has served more than 4,100 farm families.

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers has served more than 4,100 farm families and their neighbors.

Join Farm Bureau, as we embark on a new century of serving Iowa’s rural communities!

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