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.

Young Farmer Conference

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The virtual 2021 Young Farmer Conference was held January 29 & 30, 2021 and included two keynote speakers, eight live breakout sessions, Grow Your Future pitch-off with audience voting, networking, and additional pre-recorded breakout sessions/webinars. Recordings of all sessions are available to Farm Bureau members for on-demand viewing here.

We look forward to seeing you next year on January 28-29, 2022!


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.

Congratulations to our 2021 top ten finalists:
Farm Story Meats
Grand View Beef
Gravel Road Sunflowers
Iowa Cover Crop
Josie's Riding Experience LLC
O'Brien County Ag Supply
Over the Moon Farm and Flowers
Reconnected Farms
Van Manen Sweet Corn and Fresh Produce
Wanders Farms LLC

Online voting will take place from December 8 - 17, 2020, and the top six contestants with the most votes will advance on to the live pitch-offs at the Young Farmer Conference on Saturday, January 30, 2021 in Des Moines.


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 2021 will be available in December and are due April 15, 2021.  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. Click here to view the nomination form.

Announcing the 2020 winners:

Kate Edwards, Johnson County
Laura Cunningham, Floyd County
Heath Blomquist, Guthrie County

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)
- $1,500 cash from GROWMARK
- Video highlighting winner’s leadership and involvement

2020 Young Farmer Leadership Award Video from Iowa Farm Bureau on Vimeo.

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.

The 2021 Discussion Meet will be held virtually the evening of Wednesday, February 10. Registration opens December 28 and closes February 5. The Discussion Meet is open to Farm Bureau members who will be 35 years or younger as of Jan. 31, 2022. A minimum of 12 participants must register for the contest to be held. Limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, and to register, click here.

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

Click here to view the Discussion Meet flyer, and click here to view the Young Farmer Conference microsite.


Congratulations to the 2020 winner Beth Baudler from Adair County.

1 st place – Beth Baudler, Adair County
2 nd place – Shelby Smith, Story County
3 rd place – Krista Huntsman, Montgomery County
4 th place – Megan Kregel, Clayton County



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.


Chair: Mary Ebert, Guthrie County

Vice-Chair: Shonda Hahn, Johnson County
Secretary: Allison Kruger, Hancock County
PR Chair: Megan Hansen, Cass County
Historian: Kristin Plate, Mahaska County

Young Farmer Committee Spotlight

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

Contact Info:

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