Young Farmer Program

Young Farmer Program Join other young farmers across Iowa to continue your professional development and personal growth.

Young FarmersThe Young Farmer Program brings together young farmers from across the state of Iowa. The program, for farmers (age 18 - 35), 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, farmers have a chance to acquire cutting edge information through participation in educational conferences, earn recognition for their on-farm achievements and continue their professional development and personal growth.

Grow Your Future Award

Young Farmers

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 today for a chance to win a cash prize up to $7,500.


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. Nominations for 2019 will be available through the county Farm Bureau this summer and are due August 31, 2019.  Learn more here.

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 2020 AFBF Annual Convention or YF&R Conference
- Expense paid trip to 2020 IFBF Young Farmer Conference
- Choice Hotels certificate for 50,000 points ($500 value)
- Expense paid trip to 2020 GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago in August
- $500 gift card to FAST STOP or local FS Cooperative from GROWMARK
- Video highlighting winner’s leadership and involvement

Congratulations to the 2018 YF leadership Award winner Beth Baudler from Adair County.

Click here to download the application.

Discussion Meet

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. Click here for more information.

The 2019 preliminary rounds will be held during the Young Farmer Conference. The top eight winners will advance to the state finals at the IFBF Annual Meeting in December. Prizes are awarded to the top four contestants.

We are excited to welcome Cat® as our new sponsor. The winner of the state competition receives a one-year / 100 hour lease on a Cat® Compact Track and Multi-Terrain Loader (valued at $10,000).

2019 Discussion Meet Finalists
Anna Balvance – Winnebago County
Beth Baudler – Adair County
Megan Francois – Delaware County
Krista Frazee – Montgomery County
Jill Marshall – Jackson County
Melissa Moretz – Worth County
Dani Rehder – O’Brien County
Jessica Tekippe – Winneshiek County


Lynn Bolin – Butler County
Kyle Fischer – West Pottawattamie County

Congratulations to the 2018 winner Alle Bailey from Ringgold County.

1st place: Alle Bailey, Ringgold County
2nd place: Jessica TeKippe, Winneshiek County
3rd place: Dani Rehder, O'Brien County
4th place: Alicia Heun, Greene County



Trips and Conferences

2019 Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour

Join other young farmer members (June 21-22, 2019) on a fun and educational tour of agriculture sites in the Kansas City area.

- Logistics Park Kansas City is perfectly positioned for the efficient shipment of goods for import and export — serving all points throughout the United States. Served by the world’s leading intermodal rail provider, BNSF Railway, this impressive transportation hub includes 64,000 feet of track and five wide-span all-electric cranes! The LPKC Intermodal Facility is the only full-service facility in the western two-thirds of the United States.

- Coldpoint Logistics was formed to leverage the geographic advantage of the major pork corridors from Minnesota to Missouri, the major beef producing states of Kansas and Texas, and key broiler production areas in Arkansas and Missouri. Coldpoint stores and transloads these agricultural products closer to their production locations allowing greater flexibility in serving end users, whether domestic or international.

- Cultivate Kansas City was founded in 2005 with the goal of promoting urban agriculture – the growing of food in city neighborhoods to feed other people. Cultivate Kansas City has become a powerful educator and advocate in the support of production of fresh, nutritious produce in city neighborhoods across the metro area. The New Roots for Refugees program helps refugees start their own small farm businesses growing and selling vegetables.

- More interesting stops may be added to this unique agricultural tour opportunity!

Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis after the registration period is opened on Monday, February 18. Registration, including the participant fee and more tour information will be on-line at on that day.

The trip is sponsored by the IFBF Research & Commodity Services Division and the IFBF Young Farmer Committee.

For questions regarding the 2019 Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour, please contact Ed Kordick,

2020 Young Farmer Conference

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Join 500 young farmers from across Iowa January 31 - February 1, for the 2020 Young Farmer Conference. The conference will be held at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. New ideas, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, entertainment, fun and lots of new connections – all to help you grow and succeed. Contact your county Farm Bureau to register.

Click here to view 2019 agenda. The 2020 agenda is coming soon.


Young Farmer Advisory Committee


Young Farmer Advisory Committee

Contact your district representative for more information in Young Farmer activities in your area. View the commitee.

Are you interested in serving on the Young Farmer Advisory Committee? Click here.


Young Farmer Advisory Committee Officers

Chair: Ben Hollingshead, Boone County
Vice-Chair: Clark Dolch, Adair County
Secretary: Mary Ebert, Guthrie County
PR Chair: Kristin Plate, Mahaska County
Historian: Megan Francois, Delaware County

Young Farmer Committee Spotlight

Meet some of Iowa’s young farm families who are part of our Young Farmer Advisory Committee.

Achievement Award

This award recognizes young farmers for their efforts in growth and progress of their farming operation and leadership achievement. The key is the growth and financial progress the candidate(s) have made since they started farming. Candidates complete an application on their farm operation, financial information and leadership experience.

Congratulations to the 2018 Finalists:
1st place: Ryan and Alle Bailey, Ringgold County
2nd place: Kip Fehr, Palo Alto
3rd place: Sherwin & Kristen Plate, Mahaska County

Contact Info:

To learn more about Young Farmer programs and activities, contact Iowa Farm Bureau Leadership Training Manager Mary Foley Balvanz.