Networking with Other Beginning Farmers

Beginning Farmer Network, Iowa State University - The Beginning Farmers Network was created to provide a peer group for students who plan to enter into farming. We maintain contact with members who are farming through our annual conference, typically held in February. The conference allows beginning farmers the opportunity to sharpen their networking skills as well as to learn from excellent speakers. Monthly meetings on the ISU campus include an informative speaker with relevance to production agriculture. Contact the club advisor, Dave Baker (
Farm Bureau Young Farmers’ Program - The Young Farmer Program brings together young farmers from across the state of Iowa. The program, for farmers (aged 18 to 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 at all levels - county, state and national. Farmer/default.aspx

Practical Farmers of Iowa - PFI members’ top priority is getting beginning farmers on the land with the goal that Iowa family farms will continue generation after generation, providing healthful food, profits to families, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities. Over 400 beginning farmers (in Iowa) participate in Next Generation events like Farminars. Our beginners tell us they need to network with others like them to get help writing a business plan and gaining access to capital and land. The Next Generation program provides opportunities to learn production, marketing, financial, stewardship, and spiritual lessons from experienced farmers at our conferences, workshops, online seminars, and on-farm field days.

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