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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Join young farmers from across Iowa January 30, for the 2021 Young Farmer Conference. New ideas, keynote speakers, breakout sessions and lots of new connections – all to help you grow and succeed. Conference agenda and registration information will be available December 1. Contact your county Farm Bureau to register.
View the 2020 agenda here.



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.

The winners are:

1. Gym-N- Eat Crickets LLC, Shelby Smith $7,500
2. New Day Dairy Bed and Breakfast, Lynn Bolin, $5,000
3. McGreal Family Farms, Jake McGreal and Lara Mangialardi, $2,500


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 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.

Announcing the 2020 winners:
Laura Cunningham, Floyd County
Heath Blomquist, Guthrie County
Kate Edwards, Johnson 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)
- 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 2019 YF leadership Award winners:
Sarah Rickelman from Grundy County.
Mike Dickinson from Harrison County.
Brian Haeflinger from Howard 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.

The 2020 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 Altorfer Cat and Ziegler 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).

2020 Discussion Meet Finalists
Beth Baudler – Adair County
Shelby Smith – Story County
Melissa Moretz – Worth County
Jill Marshall – Jackson County
Krista Frazee – Montgomery County
Sabrina Pidgeon – Henry County
Megan Kregel – Clayton County
Donnie Conway – Monroe County

Kyle Fischer – W. Pottawattamie County
Cordt Holub – Tama County


Congratulations to the 2019 winner Jessica TeKippe from Winneshiek County.

1st place: Jessica TeKippe, Winneshiek County
2nd place: Melissa Moretz, Worth County
3rd place: Dani Rehder, O'Brien County
4th place: Krista Frazee, Montgomery 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.