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Due to COVID-19, all university travel has been restricted and many meetings have been canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual format. Our 2021 Returning to the Farm Seminar has been postponed, we will see you in 2022. We are still actively responding to emails and the toll-free number 877-232-1999.

Grappling With a New Farm
Young, Black, First-Generation American Determined to Succeed as a Farm OwnerStory written by Chris Clayton for Progressive Farmer DTN

Do you want to retire from or start into farming?
Farmers TalkingThe Ag Link Program can help. New opportunities added for beginning farmers.

If you’re looking into securing a loan for your farm, you may want to call your local FSA office + have a conversation with them. By providing access to credit, the US Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Farm Loan Programs offer opportunities

retired farmer and young man standing fieldInternational Perspectives on Farm Succession and Retirement in Later Life
Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway was a visiting scholar at the Beginning Farmer Center at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in December 2015.
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.

Keeping it in the Family
Keeping it in the family coverA book co-authored by John Baker, Beginning Farm Center, about the international perspectives on succession and retirement on family farms.

Emerging Farmers
emerging farmers logThe Emerging Farmers project is a proactive approach to address the need to reach out to emerging farmers and future landowners. We define an emerging farmer as someone with ties to agricultural land who would like to return to the farm as an operator or have a voice in its management.

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.

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