Next Generation Coordinator
(515) 232-5661 ext. 308
June 13th, 2013
March 26th, 2013
March 25th, 2013
July 12th, 2012
July 10th, 2012
In the next five years an estimated 42 percent of Iowa farmers will retire, according to the 2009 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. What happens to that land could change forever the future of Iowa's landscape, environment, and food production. 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 875 beginning farmers (in Iowa alone) 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.
Frequently Asked Questions on the rights and responsibilities for Iowa farm workers and farm employers.
Helping beginning farmers get paid on-the-job training, and experienced farmers attract high quality, motivated farm employees.
$1 for $1 savings match (up to $2,400), business planning, and mentor-match program for beginning farmers.
FREE 90-minute, interactive online seminars on a wide variety of farming topics.
Annual educational and networking retreat for beginning farmers.
A simple, graphical interface for beginners to post their land needs, and landowners to post land opportunities.