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.

Trips and Conferences

2017 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour

2017 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour Young Farm Bureau members are invited to participate in an fun and educational tour of agricultural sites in the St. Louis area. Tour plans include:
  • Mississippi river Melvin Price Locks and Dams (moving millions of tons of commodities) and the National Great Rivers Museum,
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (scientific research at the nexus of food, energy and the environment),
  • Chesterfield Village Research Center (Monsanto’s global hub for research and development) and
  • Purina Animal Nutrition Center (learning what helps animals reach their full potential)
For more information, please click here.

2018 Young Farmer Conference

Live to farm, farm to live

Live to Farm, Farm to Live! Join 500 young farmers from across Iowa February 2 - 3, 2018 for the 2018 Young Farmer Conference. New ideas, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, entertainment, fun and lots of new connections – all to help you grow and succeed. See the 2017 Conference agenda here.

YF Leadership Award (Honoring Bob Joslin)

Congratulations to the 2016 YF Leadership Award winner - Adam Ebert from Guthrie County.
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. The YF Leadership Award winner will receive a $1500 Home and Workshop Certificate from John Deere, our award sponsor. Nominations are due August 31.

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 (confidentiality guaranteed) and leadership experience.

Applications are due August 1, 2017. The Top 3 applicants will be announced in the fall. The final rankings will be announced during the IFBF Annual Meeting in December. Prizes are awarded to the top three applicants. The Iowa winner will compete in the AFBF competition in Nashville, TN, in January 2018. Click here for more information on the contest and prizes.

We're pleased to announce that John Deere is the contest sponsor.

Congratulations to the 2016 Top 3
1st place: Ian & Val Plagge, Franklin County – Placed in the AFBF Top 10!
2nd place: Ben & Susan Albright, Calhoun County
3rd place: Adam & Brooke Drewelow, Chickasaw County

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? Learn more here.


Young Farmer Advisory Committee Officers

Chair: Laura Cunningham, Floyd County
Vice-Chair: Brianne Streck, Woodbury County
Secretary: Mary Beth Jackson, Mahaska County
PR Chair: Ben Pullen, Clay County
Historian: Hannah Johnson, Davis 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. Click here for more information.

2016 Discussion Meet Final Four
1st place: Shamus Brown, Warren County
2nd place: Jessica TeKippe, Winneshiek County
3rd place: Ryan Borcherding, Franklin County
4th place: Joe Sweeney, Hardin County

Congratulations to the 2016 winner Shamus Brown from Warren County.

The 2017 preliminary rounds were held during the Young Farmer Conference, January 27 - 28. 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. Click here for more information.

We're pleased to have John Deere as a sponsor of the contest.

2017 Finalists

Daniel Bolin, Butler County
Andrew Lauver, Calhoun County
Randall Francois, Delaware County
Justine Stevenson, Marion County
Donnie Conway, Monroe County
Brett Peelen, O’Brien County
Mitchell Hora, Washington County
Jessica Tekippe, Winneshiek County

Ryan Borcherding, Franklin 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.