The 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
2020 Young Farmer Conference
Join more than 500 young farmers from across Iowa January 31 – February 1, for the 2020
Young Farmer Conference. The conference will be held at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. New ideas, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, entertainment, fun and lots of new connections – all to help you grow and succeed. Contact your county Farm Bureau to register.
View the 2020 agenda here.
CONTACT FARM BUREAU
Grow Your Future Award
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.
- A & J Custom Chopping is a chopping business located in Chickasaw County that offers young farmer clients an opportunity to provide labor or equipment.
- Clovergold Flower Farm is specialty cut flower farm in Sac County, Iowa.
- Felt Family Farms Beef is located is Dallas County and direct markets beef to consumers.
- Graze Co is a 65-acre farm in Carlisle, Iowa and specializes in pastured poultry and pork.
- Gym-N-Eat Crickets LLC is a producer of sustainable, alternative protein snacks from farm-raised crickets located in Story County.
- McGreal Family Farm is rooted in Clayton County and specializes in 100% grass-fed beef, while also producing vegetables, herbs, maple syrup, fruit preserves and handmade jewelry.
- Moore Family Farms is a first-generation beef and dairy farm in Maquoketa, Iowa and decided to add value to the milk from their 50 registered Holsteins by having an exclusive cheese made.
- New Day Dairy Guest Barn Bed & Breakfast is a three bedroom bed and breakfast. The guests have a 24/7 view of the 150 cows enjoying life in our robotic dairy barn in Butler County.
- Pine Hill Farm specializes in growing vintage, heirloom cut flowers in Linn County.
- Sweet Tooth Farm LLC grows a diverse assortment of food on small plots that come together to create a vibrant array of choices for the people who live in the urban core of Des Moines.
YF Leadership Award (Honoring Bob Joslin)
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 2020 will be available through the county Farm Bureau June 1, 2020 and are due August 31, 2020.
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 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.
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).
2019 Discussion Meet Finalists
Beth Baudler – Adair County
Lynn Bolin – Butler County
Kyle Fischer – West Pottawattamie County
Krista Frazee – Montgomery County
Jill Marshall – Jackson County
Melissa Moretz – Worth County
Dani Rehder – O’Brien County
Jessica Tekippe – Winneshiek 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
Chair: Ben Hollingshead, Boone County
Vice-Chair: Clark Dolch, Adair County
Secretary: Mary Ebert, Guthrie County
PR Chair: Kristin Plate, Mahaska County
Historian: Megan Francois, Delaware County
Young Farmer Committee Spotlight
Meet some of Iowa’s young farm families who are part of our Young Farmer Advisory Committee.
To learn more about Young Farmer programs and activities, contact Iowa Farm Bureau Leadership Training Manager Mary Foley Balvanz.