The Labor4Learning program helps beginning farmers get paid on-the-job training with experienced farmers, and pays experienced farmers for their time and effort.

Beginning Farmers

Are you looking to get paid, on-the-job Training with experienced farmers in Iowa?  The Labor4Learning program is designed for beginning farmers seeking employment and additional training in farm management and production skills. Practical Farmers of Iowa “trainer” farmers will be hiring in the early part of the new year for the upcoming growing season. Browse the list below for training opportunities near you.

Get paid at least minimum wage and earn other benefits, including:

  • Learn farm business development from an experienced PFI farmer
  • Paid time off to attend a PFI event during the term of employment
  • Discount to the Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference ($100 value)
  • Connect with other “PFI Trainees”


  • Apply and be hired by a PFI Trainer farmer.
  • Have a strong motivation to learn the business of farming.
  • Be a current individual or whole farm member of Practical Farmers of Iowa,

To apply, send current resume and three work-related references directly to the trainer. Direct any questions about job details to the trainer as well.

See a Labor4Learning profile from Donna Warhover’s Morning Glory Farm in 2017.

Curious about your rights as a farm worker? Be sure to check out our Farm Employment FAQ for answers to your questions.

Experienced farmers

Are you looking for a high quality, motivated farm employee? Want to get paid up to $200 per month (maximum $1,000 per year) by Practical Farmers to share the business details a beginning farmer needs to know to be successful managing his/her own farm? Apply to be a Practical Farmers of Iowa Trainer.

Applications to become a Trainer are accepted through December 31st  for the following season. All complete applications submitted will be reviewed by a committee made of diverse Practical Farmers member farmers, and selections will be made in January.  Applicants must be PFI members who farm in Iowa to be eligible.

To request an application or for more information, please contact Steve Carlson at or by calling (515) 232-5661.

Hesitant to hire a farm employee due to questions about legal requirements? Check out our Farm Employment FAQ about the rights and responsibilities for Iowa farm workers and farm employers.

Interested in becoming a Labor4Learning trainer farm?


2018 Labor4Learning Trainers

Trainee Position StatusTrainer and FarmTownEnterprisesCounty
FilledAlert, Doug and Margaret SmithHamptonOrganic row crops, small grains, hay, pasture, beef cow/calf, ewe flock, lambs, poultryFranklin
AvailableBakehouse, Jon-Maple Edge Farm, Inc.HastingsCorn, soy, alfalfa, beef cattle, pasture, some small grainsMills
AvailableBeard, Dan and Bonnie-Canoe Creek DairyDecorahOrganic dairy, pasture, hay, small grains, corn and sweet corn, syrup, timberWinneshiek
FilledBreckbill, Hannah - Humble Hands HarvestDecorahProduce, poultry, alpacas, honey bees, fruit trees, value added products, hayWinneshiek
AvailableDunham, Andrew and Melissa-Grinnell Heritage FarmGrinnellCertified organic produce, chestnuts, cattle, hay, poultryPoweshiek
AvailableGilbert, John C. and Sarah -GibralterIowa FallsDairy, farrow-to-finish hogs, corn, beans, small grains, hayHardin
FilledHenry, Dean - Berry PatchNevadaApples, berries, cherries, produceStory
AvailableNisly, James – Organic GreensKalonaCertified organic produce, including mini greens, micro greens, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potatoesWashington
AvailableO'Brien, Denise and Larry Harris-Rolling Acres FarmAtlanticCertified organic produce, cover crops, poultryCass
AvailableRaasch, Dale and Marcie - Bridgewater FarmBridgewaterCertified organic vegetables and fruits; hay, cattle, hogs, briolers, laying hensAdair
AvailableSalama, Mike-Salama GreenhouseBooneGreenhouse production: ornamentals,vegetablesBoone
AvailableShriver, Scott – Shriver Farms, LLCJeffersonCertified organic row crops, small grains, alfalfa.Greene
Filled Warhover, Donna -Morning Glory LLCMount VernonProduce, eggsLinn
AvailableWesselius, John-The CornucopiaSioux CenterProduce, poultry, porkSioux

Contact Information

For any questions about the Labor4Learning program: contact Steve Carlson at