Young Farmer Program


            Young Farmers
 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

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Save the Date! The 2023 Young Farmer Conference will be held January 27-28, 2023 at the Iowa Events Center.

This conference is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and peers, make new connections, network and learn from professionals in the agriculture industry – while still having a bit of fun too! Our keynote speaker, Braxten Nielsen, will inspire you with his story of beating all odds after a traumatizing rodeo accident left him with a 5% chance of ever walking again. We’ll also lighten things up a bit with comedian, Tim the Dairy Farmer, who will show you if you can grow it, pick it, pluck it or pull it, there’s a laugh in there somewhere.

You’ll also have an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technologies, new ag opportunities, sustainability practices and financial management techniques to help you grow and succeed on your farms through a variety of breakout sessions.

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 for a chance to win a cash prize up to $7,500. Applications for the 2023 contest open June 1, 2022.                    
Congratulations to this year’s top 5 finalists 
AgHub Genetics
H8R Acres LLC
Main At Hart
Mud Ridge Ranch
Reconnected Farms                                                                                                                                                                               

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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 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 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                                                                                                                                            

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 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.


Young Farmer Advisory Committee

Contact your district representative for more information in Young Farmer activities in your area. View the committee.
Are you interested in serving on the Young Farmer Advisory Committee? Click here.



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 Spotlight

Meet 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 

Contact Info:

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