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Do you want to retire from or start into farming?

The Ag Link Program can help. New opportunities added for beginning farmers.


Women in Agriculture

Our website is a place where you can interact with us and other women in agriculture through our social media links. All of us share many of the same concerns and hopes for the future of agriculture and our families. You’ll find stories of successful women in agriculture to inspire you.

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.


View the trailer of Map of my Kingdom, a play about farmland transition that asks the question “Who’s going to get the farm?”  Many thanks to Zhenru Zhang at Iowa State University.

 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.



Upcoming Events

2017 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 March 2016.  All of these sessions are intended for farm families bringing the next generation back to the farm to live and work. All family members are encouraged to attend.

  • Session 1: TBA (January 2017) at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, IA.
  • Session 2: TBA (February/March 2017) at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, IA.

Register here (Will be available fall 2016 for 2017 session)

2016 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.

Currently there are no sesisons scheduled.

Outside Events

Women's Role In Agriculture: Connect with Extension through webinars featuring the changes in women's role in the agricultural arena.

2016 Regional Beginning Farmer and Military Veteran Workshops: Raise awareness of programs that support beginning farmers and military veterans identify program processes and points of contact. Various dates and locations around Iowa. Register Here

Farm Succession Coordinator Training: The International Farm Transition Network in collaboration with Iowa State University Cooperative Extension is offering a Farm Succession Coordinator Certification Training on April 11—13 at the Holiday Inn Express in Mason City, Iowa. This training is for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Farm Succession Coordinator. This program is offered to agricultural professionals, service providers, educators, and organizational leaders who work with farm businesses on succession issues.


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



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