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Beginning Farmer Center at the 2014 Farm Progress Show

BFC at the 2014 Farm Progress Show
Come visit us at the Farm Progress Show, August 26 - 28, 2014 Boone, Iowa. We are in the Wallace Tent from 8 am - 5 pm.




Investing for Farm Families Course helps farmers plan for a secure future

A secure future, a farm for future generations. It’s everything a farm family wants.
Sponsored by eXtension

Annie's Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise. To date, classes have been taught in 34 states. Through six educational sessions, Annie's Project fosters problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills in farm women.

Do you want to retire from or start into farming?

The Farm On Program can help. New opportunities added for beginning farmers.


Change comes to Dinner pictureChange Comes to Dinner

The Beginning Farmer Center is featured in this new book as it talks about our efforts in helping new farmer's enter today's farm world.


Keeping it in the family pictureKeeping it in the Family

A new book co-authored by John Baker, Beginning Farm Center,about the international perspectives on succession and retirement on family farms.


Farmer Veteran Equipment Donation Program

Farmers and equipment dealers that would like to donate used (or new) tractors, farm implements or other farm supplies to qualifying veterans in Iowa or California.

 Beginning Farmer Center in Action

Families Apply New Communication and Planning Skills to Farm Succession

Many families struggle talking about and putting plans in place for farm and business succession. Farm succession workshops get the conversations started.




2015 Returning to the Farm Seminar
Returning to the Farm Seminar (formerly known as Ag Link) is a 4 day seminar for farm families to develop a succession plan. Next session will be held January and February 2015.  All of these sessions are intended for farm families bringing the next generation back to the farm to live and work.

Session 1: January 16 - 17, 2015 at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, IA. More details coming soon!

Session 2: February 13 - 14, 2015 at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, IA. More details coming soon!

2014 Business Succession Workshops:

This is a two day session for families and individuals wishing to develop a succession plan.  $150 for a family of four with $25 for each additional member wishing to attend. Hours are 1 pm- 8 first day and 9-2 second day. Lunches and snacks provided.

WFAN - Women Food and Ag Network Opportunity

If you're a woman farmer, or want to be one, consider taking part in the 2014 Harvesting Our Potential program of Women, Food and Agriculture Network. 2014 Harvesting Our Potential program applications are now available online.


Thank you to all the families that support the activities of the Beginning Farmer Center.


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