Friday, Nov. 30 - Saturday, Dec. 1
Montour, IA
Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center

Registration is now open  for our 2018 beginning farmer retreat.   This year, we will gather at Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center in Montour, Iowa. 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. This popular event is beneficial for beginning and aspiring farmers in all enterprises.  " This is a must for anyone serious about planning their farm future" shared one attendee at last year's retreat.

Attendance is very limited! Sign up before Monday, November 26th.
OPPORTUNITIES 
December 3-6
The National Farmers Union presents a virtual conference for beginning farmers and ranchers Dec. 3-6, 2018. The free Growing for the Future event includes webinars, live Q&A sessions, a discussion board, an online resource center, and free giveaways.

December 6 - Polk City
This day-long workshop is designed to help agricultural producers in the dairy and grain sectors who have been farming for less than 10 years. Producers considering a transition from conventional to organic are encouraged to attend. Several of the day's sessions apply to both conventional and organic producers. Register today and receive a $200 farm and travel expense allowance.

December 12
12-1 p.m.
Spend the lunch-hour exploring the power of the cash flow statement. The cash flow statement is an important tool to help you manage your money, pay your bills, and weather unexpected expenses. In this webinar, you will learn about the components of a cash flow statement, how to interpret each line, and ways that the cash flow statement is useful to your farm business. From planning your seed purchase to preparing for April's tax bill, the cash flow statement will inform some of your biggest business decisions.
RESOURCES
Cultivating Change is a local farm grant program offered by Greener Fields Together. It aims to fund projects and pursuits that will help local farmers do what they’re best at: farming. Qualified growers and aggregators are able to win up to $30,000 annually through an online voting platform and peer review panel. Local farms can apply for a project until December 15th, 2018.

This new publication, "Multispecies Grazing: A Primer on Diversity," discusses the financial, animal-health, and pasture-health benefits that can be attained by grazing multiple livestock species on the same ground. Written by NCAT Agriculture Specialist Lee Rinehart, it delves into the details of grazing planning for species with different grazing dynamics, and explores the practical implications of fencing and handling livestock with different requirements.
PFI EVENTS
Nov. 27:   Farminar -  Where to Begin With Winter Wheat Production
7 p.m. |  Tune in here

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1:   2018 Beginning Farmer Retreat
Montour |  Register Here

Dec. 4:   Farminar -  Grazing Cover Crops With Sheep
7 p.m. |  Tune in here

Dec 11: Farminar - Organic Seedling Production
7 p.m. |  Tune in here
Labor4Learning 
Labor4Learning helps beginning farmers get paid on-the-job training with experienced farmers, and pays experienced farmers for their time and effort.

Saving 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 and then we match is 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? Contact us today!
Greg Padget
Next Generation Director
(515) 232-5661
Steve Carlson 
Next Generation Coordinator
(515) 232-5661