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Grow Your Future Award Iowa Farm Bureau’s Grow Your Future entrepreneur award started with a singular mission to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young farmers and encourage the development and growth of ag-related endeavors.
Grow your future

Apply today for the Iowa Farm Bureau Grow Your Future Award!


Are you a young Iowa entrepreneur with an innovative agricultural-related business?

Apply for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Grow Your Future Award for a chance to win a cash prize up to $7,500!


Cash Prizes

1st Place: $7,500

2nd Place: $5,000

3rd Place: $2,500





Applying is easy!


Eligible applicants (see eligibility details below) should apply by September 1, 2020. You will be asked to provide some general information about your business and yourself (including personal and/or professional references) and a brief (three to five-minute) video about yourself, your business, your goals, how the prize funds would be used to grow your venture and the impact your business has on your community.

Resources to help you with your video can be found here .

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Eligibility


- The applicant must have an existing ag-related for-profit business.

- The business must be new to this generation of farmers/created by the young entrepreneur applicant – not inherited from, or started in partnership with, a previous generation.

 

- The ideal candidate(s) is an individual(s) already involved in agriculture.

- Eligible agricultural fields include, but are not limited to, the sale of food and agricultural products, niche ag production, agritourism, or ag services. Ag technology businesses (e.g. software or app development) are excluded from this competition but are welcome to apply for the separate Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge .

- The applicant must be a member, in good standing, of his or her county Farm Bureau (in Iowa).  Or applicant can join their local county Farm Bureau to become eligible to participate in the Grow Your Future Award.

- The applicant must be between the ages or 18 and 35 and shall not have reached his or her 36th birthday by January 31, 2021. If any business partner is 36 years or older, only those under 36 years old can participate in the application.

 

- Previous applicants are eligible to apply again unless they, or their business, was a prize winner in a previous year. 

 

- Not eligible to compete are: current members of the IFBF Young Farmer Advisory Committee; current members of the AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Committee; previous Grow Your Future winners or AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge/Ag Innovation Challenge competitors; IFBF directors, officers, employees or immediate family members of such individuals.





Timeline


- Applications are due by September 1, 2020  

 

- Judges will select up to ten finalists.

- Online voting for finalists will take place from December 8 - 17, 2020. Voting will be open to the public.

- The Top 6 finalist will be announced by December 31, 2020.

- Top 6 finalist pitch-off will take place at 2021 Young Farmer Conference, January 29-30 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Pitch-off coaching for finalists will take place in early January 2021.)

 

- Winners will be selected on Saturday, January 30, 2021.



2020 WINNERS:

1. Gym-N- Eat Crickets LLC, Shelby Smith $7,500

2. New Day Dairy Bed and Breakfast, Lynn Bolin, $5,000

3. McGreal Family Farms, Jake McGreal and Lara Mangialardi, $2,500