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Young Iowans find many paths to pursue their farming dream

Talk to any of the 400 attendees at the Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference last week in Des Moines, and they each could share a different story of how they launched their farming careers.

Beth Baudler, 24, of Adair County works full-time selling ethanol co-products to livestock feeders. Baudler helps with her family’s cow-calf operation, but she also raises market sheep and goats on her own as a lower-cost path to get into farming.

Melissa Bisbee, 20, runs a farrow-to-finish hog operation with her brother and sister near Stacyville to earn money for college. Bisbee is currently a student at Iowa State University, working to earn an ag education degree.

Butler County Farm Bureau member Lee Fenneman, 21, works at Hagie Manufacturing...




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