Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
Register TODAY: Beginning Farmer Retreat
Are you looking to launch your own farm business? Then now is the time to register for the upcoming Beginning Farmer Retreat .

This annual event brings beginning farmers together to network, plan and discuss ways to improve their farms while helping to build a sense of community among this fast-growing farming demographic. You will learn how to start your business planning cycle and outline next steps to launch your farming business.
"This retreat gave me confidence that I'm more prepared than I usually give myself credit for, and I gained new knowledge, especially from the farmer panel."
-Carly McAndrews
2018 retreat attendee
"It not only generates excitement and enthusiasm about a farm or farm project, it develops a plan and you meet many people who are in the same boat you are in."
Ben Rothman
2018 retreat attendee

This popular event is beneficial for beginning and aspiring farmers in all enterprises. In addition to creating your own farm plan, you will hear from other farmers about how they started their farming journey.

This retreat is only offered once a year and attendance is limited. Register before Thursday, December 5 to ensure your spot.

Join us at the Beginning Farmer Retreat . December 13-14 at Oakwood Road Community Center in Ames, Iowa.
"This is our second year and both have been very helpful in growing our business."
PFI Annual Conference
Save the Date: January 16-18, 2020
Reclaiming Resilience will include ample time to create and strengthen relationships with others. These connections are vital to creating a farming community where we work together for Iowa’s common good. You will leave this conference armed with ideas about how to strengthen resiliency on your farm, and how to build an agricultural system that benefits farmers, rural communities and our natural resources.
Check out these resources for beginning farmers
We have recently updated our collection of business, financial, production and technical assistance resources to help aspiring and beginning farmers further their business goals. You can access them by clicking on the icons below.

We will continue to build this list and add new resources as they are available. If you see any resources missing that you find helpful, please share them with us. You can send them to Greg Padget at greg@practicalfarmers.org .
Beginning farmers have the opportunity to manage DNR land through the DNR’s Agriculture Lease Program in 2020, in part to legislation passed in 2013. To participate in the beginning farmer program, the producer must be a permanent resident of Iowa, have appropriate skills and have a net worth of less than $680,590.

For sale; 34-acre multiple enterprise farm, homestead, equipment and livestock. The ground was recently transitioned to pasture, after 9 years of organic row crop. Includes a 30x70 high tunnel with irrigation, over a half-acre of vegetable garden and recently planted fruit trees. Check out Find A Farmer for details.

Savannah Institute will be hosting this year’s Perennial Farm Gathering on December 6th and 7th, 2019 at the Sinsinawa Mound Center near Dubuque, Iowa! This year’s PFG will feature keynote speaker Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquín (President and CEO of Regenerative Agriculture Alliance), panels and workshops with Midwest agroforestry experts, perennial food and beverage tastings, and the ever-popular 5-minute Nutshell Show & Tell talks.
Nov. 19:   Workshop -   Farm Transfer
5-8 p.m. | Red Oak

Nov. 20:   Field Day -   Cover Crops for All
12-3 p.m. | Rose Hill

Dec. 3:   Workshop -   Farm Transfer
5-8 p.m. | Decorah
Dec. 10:   Workshop -   Farm Transfer
5-8 p.m. | Cherokee

Dec. 13-14:   Workshop - Beginning Farmer Retreat

Dec. 17:   Workshop -   Farm Transfer
5-8 p.m. | Oxford
Labor4Learning helps beginning farmers get paid on-the-job training with experienced farmers, and pays experienced farmers for their time and effort.

Savings Incentive Program
Savings Incentive Program is a 2-year program that pairs beginning and aspiring farmers with experienced farmer mentors; provides targeted learning and peer networking opportunities; offers business planning support and guidance. All this while you save money that we match dollar for dollar, up to $2,400, to use toward the purchase of a farm asset.

Find A Farmer
Find A Farmer allows for a comfortable place to start anonymous conversations with land-seekers or landowners. Search for users in a particular area that fit your specifications and begin the discussion.

Find A Farmer is FREE and available for anyone with internet access! No membership is required.
Looking for more?
Greg Padget
Next Generation Director
(515) 232-5661