Leadership Training

Ag LeadersAg Leaders Institute

The Ag Leaders Institute prepares leaders for Farm Bureau, agriculture, and rural Iowa into the future. This is an opportunity for Farm Bureau members of all ages who care about the future of agriculture and want to make a positive impact, have the potential for providing exceptional leadership in their community, county, and state, and are interested in advancing in leadership positions within Farm Bureau and agriculture. Participants learn about the latest information and insights on issues important to agriculture, practice in developing the leadership skills needed to deal with issues critical to agriculture and leading change, and develop a statewide network of leaders in Farm Bureau and agriculture who are committed to the future of rural Iowa.

Each county can nominate an individual to apply for the program. Farm Bureau members nominated by their county will be sent applications to apply. Applications are due December 8, 2023. Twenty-five to thirty individuals are selected to participate. The program includes four two-day sessions (January-March), a summer session (August), and a trip to Washington, D.C. (September).

Contact your county Farm Bureau president if you are interested in participating. Contact a past participant for more information about a program.

County Board Training

County Board training is available to county Farm Bureau boards. Topics include board roles & responsibilities, nominating committees & recruiting leaders, better board meetings, recruiting and working with volunteers, leadership/personality styles, goal setting, action planning, conflict resolution and dealing with change. Contact your Regional Manager to schedule training for your County Board members.

New On-line Membership Training

All new on-line membership training is now available! This self-guided tutorial will help you understand the steps in the process, make you more comfortable having conversations about membership and increase your success in getting others to join Farm Bureau.

This interactive training will take you about 20 minutes and includes narration, so listen to it in a place where you can have the volume turned up.

County President's Conference

A County Presidents Conference is held annually to set-up each county Farm Bureau president for a successful year in office. During the conference, presidents are provided training to assist them in effectively leading their County Farm Bureau. This includes new ideas for projects and program work, honing their skills for involving leaders and volunteers, and networking with peers and IFBF staff. Contact your Regional Manager for more information.