Young Farmer Program
The Young Farmer program brings together young farmers from across the state of Iowa. Our young farmer members (age 18 - 35) farm on a full or part-time basis, work in the agriculture industry or just want to become more involved in agriculture. The program provides leadership and participation opportunities to encourage young members to build a stronger network and become active in the organization and the agricultural community.
Through the Young Farmer program, those with a passion for agriculture have a chance to acquire cutting edge information through participation in educational conferences, earn recognition for their achievements and continue their professional development and personal growth.
Young Farmer Conference
Grow Your Future Award
Iowa Farm Bureau’s Grow Your Future award started with a singular mission to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young farmers and encourage the development and growth of ag-related endeavors.
If you’re a young Iowa entrepreneur with an innovative ag-related business – this award is for you. Apply for a chance to win a cash prize up to $7,500. Applications for the 2023 contest open June 1, 2022.
Congratulations to our 2022 winners
1st Place ($7,500) – Beringer Family Farm Beef
2nd Place ($5,000) – Holland Flower Farm
3rd Place ($2,500) – Hungry Canyon
YF Leadership Award (Honoring Bob Joslin)
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. County Farm Bureaus nominate deserving young leaders. Participants are judged on their involvement in agriculture and leadership ability. Learn more
Prizes: The three winners of the Young Farmer Leadership Award will be honored at the Iowa Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Des Moines in December with a video highlighting each winner’s leadership and involvement.
The three winners will each receive:
- $2,000 grant to county organization of winner’s choice
- Expense paid trip to 2023 AFBF Annual Convention or YF&R Conference
- Expense paid trip to 2023 IFBF Young Farmer Conference
- Choice Hotels certificate for 50,000 points ($500 value)
- $1,500 cash from GrowMARK
- Video highlighting winner’s leadership and involvement
Announcing the 2022 winners:
Clark Dolch, Adair County
Melissa Moretz, Worth County
Tanner Brass, Franklin County
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 topics are current ag issues.
The 2022 Discussion Meet was held at the 2022 Young Farmer Conference, January 28-29, 2022. Finalists will compete at the Iowa Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on December 6, 2022. The Discussion Meet is open to Farm Bureau members who will be 35 years or younger as of Jan. 31, 2023.
Congratulations to the 2022 Discussion Meet Finalists
Lillie Beringer, Jones County
Molly Dolch, Adair County
Merena Henkle, Worth County
Megan McAllister, Dubuque County
Hilary Lanman, Jefferson County
Kaleb Marshall, Jackson County
Samantha Reighard, Jefferson County
John Schutte, Clayton County
Mary Ebert, Guthrie County
Jill Marshall, Jackson County
The Discussion Meet is sponsored by Altorfer Cat and Ziegler Cat. The winner of the state competition receives $2,500 in Cat® merchandise, an expense-paid trip to the 2023 AFBF Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico to compete in the national Discussion Meet, and other prizes.
Chair: Megan Hansen, East Pottawattamie County
Vice-Chair: Keaton Keitzer, Des Moines County
Secretary: Vanessa Trampel, Hancock County
Public Relations Co-Chairs: Dee Pickard, Marshall County & Megan McAllister, Dubuque County
Young Farmer Committee SpotlightMeet some of Iowa’s young farm families who are part of our Young Farmer Advisory Committee.
Kody and Vanessa Trampel
Sam and Danielle Bennett
Cordt and Krista Holub
Dan and Megan Hansen
Keaton and Keeley Keitzer
Ted and Megan McAllister
Brandon and Dee Pickard
Zac and Alyssa Preston
Mitchell and Bradi Sievers
To learn more about Young Farmer programs and activities, contact Iowa Farm Bureau Leadership Training Manager Mary Foley Balvanz.