Accessing capital is a daunting task for beginning farmers. Check out these helpful resources and information to help start your operation. Read more about Accessing Capital for 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. Read more about Networking with Other Beginning Farmers
Beginning Farmer Center
Farm On Program - Farm On is a service to help preserve the family farm business by matching beginning farmers who do not own land, with retiring farmers who do not have heirs to continue the family farm business. Farm On maintains a database of potential beginning farmers and landowners. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/farm
- Private Consultations - An attorney, a full-time coordinator, and extension personnel are available by appointment for individualized consultation.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Value Added Ag Program provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related or rural businesses in Iowa. Whether it’s a new start-up, or an established business wanting to expand, the VAAP works directly with the owners of the business. The Value Added Ag Program has been key in helping move Iowa farmers forward with bigger gains and better returns. It’s not just a job. It’s your life. Let us make it a little easier. Read more about About Us