Mentoring with an Established Farmer

Mentoring: Part of the Savings Incentive Program, Practical Farmers of Iowa - The Savings Incentive Program encourages beginning farmers to save $100 a month for two years. After two years, the SIP will match their savings $1:$1. The beginning farmer can then use this savings to purchase a farm asset (like machinery, land, or livestock).

The Savings Incentive Program is more than a dollar match. It is a program designed to help beginners succeed. Those enrolled will meet with a farmer mentor and develop a business or whole farm plan. If fully funded, ninety-four farms of beginnings around the state will benefit from this program by 2016.
Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services (MOSES) - This year-long program pairs experienced organic farmers with beginning and transitioning and organic farmers to promote the successful adoption of organic methods through one-on-one interaction.

Mentors for Beginning Farmers, Value Added Agriculture Program, Iowa State University Extension - A group of established farmers with value-added aspects of their farm businesses who are interested in the next generation of farmers. These folks are willing to mentor beginning or aspiring farmers by telephone or email. Any farm visits or further mentoring are at the discretion of the volunteer mentor and the beginning farmer.

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