Starting a New Farm Business

Next Generation Project, Practical Famers of Iowa - 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. www.practicalfarmers.org/programs/youth-and-next-generation.php
    
Grow Your Small Market Farm, Iowa - This unique business planning program is designed for new or existing farm businesses. If you are interested in raising specialty livestock, vegetables, herbs, flowers, prairie or native grass seed or creating a value-added product on the farm, this program may be for you. The Grow Your Small Market Farm™ is designed to help agricultural entrepreneurs with business tasks, including writing a business plan, developing financial planning skills and learning about specialty food marketing. www.growmarketfarm.com/index.html

Entrepreneurial & Diversified Ag Program Certificate Program, 2 year program, Iowa Valley Community College, Marshalltown, Iowa - Farmers trained in the practices of sustainable agriculture can take advantage of emerging markets in local and specialty agricultural products by using entrepreneurial business and niche marketing skills. Sustainable agriculture is economically profitable, ecologically sound, and community-based. www.iavalley.edu/mcc/careers_degrees/entrediversifiedag.html

Sustainable Agriculture & Entrepreneurship Program Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.), 2 year program, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa - The Sustainable Agriculture & Entrepreneurship program is designed to provide landowners, farmers, and young adults with access to land the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start a new or further develop an existing land-based business. Many people in this program plan to apply the skills they learn to their own agriculture business or work for an agriculture-related business. Others will choose to continue their education by transferring to a four-year college or university. Whatever your intended outcome, you should have a strong desire to have a sustainable business on land you manage or own. www.indianhills.edu/courses/tech/sustainableagriculture.html

Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Program, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Dairy Science Technology, Calmar, Iowa - The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dairy Science Technology is awarded to students who complete two years of study in dairy production and management. Successful students will have the opportunity to transfer to four-year institutions with junior status; return to their home family dairy business; accept a management position on a dairy operation; work in a dairy related agri-business; work in a health related field; or even start their own dairy operation. www.iowadairycenter.com/dairy_program.php

Micro-farming: Reducing Rural and Urban Food Deserts through Job Training, Iowa Western Community College (IWCC), Council Bluffs, Iowa - This project is developing an innovative 42-hour continuing education course at Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) in Council Bluffs to train a new generation of farmers and increase the amount of fresh, healthy and affordable food available in the regional food deserts in southwest Iowa. The course will focus on business planning, financial planning, land acquisition, equipment selection and maintenance, crop/animal selection, water and soil quality, and marketing and promotion. http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/m2012-13

Agriculture Production Management, Associate of Applied Science (AAS), 2 year program, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Find yourself in the food production chain of modern agriculture. Choose from three areas of emphasis – Beef, Crops or Swine – or create a custom program of study to best meet your career goals. Classes focus on the latest production methods and technology through hands-on learning on the student-run college farm. The course leads students to potential careers in farm management and in swine production facilities. www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?d=497

Farm Beginnings Program, Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota - Farm Beginnings® is a Land Stewardship Project (LSP) initiative that provides participants a wide range of opportunities to learn firsthand about low-cost, sustainable methods of farming. Farm Beginnings is a farmer-led, community based training and support program aimed at getting more farmers on the land farming sustainably. www.landstewardshipproject.org/farmbeg.html

National Farmers Union Beginning Farmer Institute - http://nfu.org/news/209-outreach/954-nfu-announces-beginning-farmer-institute-participants

Buy Fresh-Buy Local, Iowa - As a member of a Buy Fresh Buy Local Iowa Chapter, you make your business easier for customers to find and understand. Local foods directories, farm tours, local foods meals and more are all ways that chapters work together to better connect farmers, markets, restaurants and consumers. Contact your local BFBL Iowa chapter. https://sites.google.com/site/bfbliowa/home/local-chapters to learn more about membership

Greater Des Moines Chapter - http://www.law.drake.edu/academics/agLaw/?pageID=bfbl

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