Find A Farmer
Find A Farmer connects landowners and land seekers to help preserve family farms.
Are you a beginning farmer looking for farmland to start or expand your operation? Are you a landowner interested in selling or leasing your land to someone who shares your vision for the future? FindAFarmer.net was created by Practical Farmers of Iowa to help maintain family farms and vibrant rural communities by facilitating the transfer of land from one generation to the next.
Our beginning farmer network has consistently cited land access as a main barrier to starting their own operation. Considering the aging population of landowners across Iowa and the Midwest, this Find A Farmer land-matching tool has great potential to help with the coming land transition.
The website allows for a comfortable place to start anonymous conversations with land-seekers or landowners that meet your interests, criteria, and location. Search for users in a particular area that fit your specifications and send them a message to begin the discussion.
Did we mention Find A Farmer is FREE and available for anyone with internet access? No membership is required.
Here’s how it works:
1. Create an account
2. Build a profile that describes your desired farm characteristics (as a land-seeker) or your farm’s details (as a landowner)
3. Tell your story—what you have, what you’re looking for, your values and experience; and upload photos
4. Use the search tool to look for landowners or land-seekers that meet your criteria
5. Start a conversation by adding a friend or prospect and sending a message
“I started a conversation with the seller and explained our dreams and how we wanted to farm. They received a few other offers but came back to us because they liked our vision. This is the farm the seller grew up on, and he had promised his dad to sell it to someone who would put it back into sustainable production.” – Rory Van Wyk
Learn from Practical Farmers of Iowa families about their farm business and farmland transfer stories, and find tips that will help you plan for a farmland transfer.
Find all the resources related to farmland ownership on the Practical Farmers of Iowa website– including blogs, farminars, and event recaps.
Check out our resources for beginning farmers on topics like business planning, finances and land access.