Young Farmer Program

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

Always Essential
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 winners      
Congratulations to our 2021 Winners
1st Place ($7,500) – Iowa Cover Crop
2nd Place ($5,000) – Over the Moon Farm & Flowers
3rd Place ($2,500) – Farm Story Meats

Applications for the 2022 contest are due September 1, 2021. Look for application materials in June.


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.

Announcing the 2021 winners:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Cordt Holub, Tama County
Megan Kregel, Clayton County
Michael McEnany, Story County

The three winners will each receive:
- $2,000 grant to county organization of winner’s choice
- Expense paid trip to 2022 AFBF Annual Convention or YF&R Conference
- Expense paid trip to 2022 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 2022 Discussion Meet will be held at the 2022 Young Farmer Conference, January 28-29, 2022. The Discussion Meet is open to Farm Bureau members who will be 35 years or younger as of Jan. 31, 2022.

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).

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


Chair: Randy Francois, Buchanan County
Vice-Chair: Kristin Plate, Mahaska County
Secretary: Megan Hansen, Cass County
Public Relations: Dee Pickard, Marshall County
Historian: Vanessa Trampel, Hancock 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
Sherwin and Kristin Plate
Dan and Megan Hansen
Keaton and Keeley Keitzer
Brandon and Dee Pickard
Randy and Megan Francois
Travis and Katie Morey

Contact Info:

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