November Beginning Farmer News Update

We can tell the colder weather has set in when farminars begin. Last week we started the Fall Farminar season with Jill Beebout presenting on Growing in High Tunnels: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. You can catch the newest farminar each Tuesday evening at 7pm until December 20th. Then we will start up the winter farminar series after the New Year. On November 29 we have a special farminar to help beginning farmers as they start to plan for taxes. Join Matt Russell and Kristine Tidgren as they present on "Tax Preparation for Your Farm". Don't worry if you miss one you can always check out the farminar archives to watch at another time.
If you haven't taken a moment to complete our beginning farmer survey we want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to answer this  quick survey. We create these events and workshops with the feedback you've provided. What will help you start the farm of your dreams? What resources do you need to be profitable? Help us answer these questions by completing our beginning farmer survey. 

This month we have some great farms available to beginning farmers, check them out under opportunities. You'll also find some helpful resources to help you with everything from Whole Farm Revenue Protection to EZ Guarantee Loans.  

Greg Van Den Berghe
Beginning Farmer Manager
Opportunities Opportunities
Available to purchase is 103 acres of pasture ground with two well managed ponds.  Includes a fully furnished 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath home and is on rural water. The owner purchased this ground in 1977 and has had it in pasture ever since.  
The  Sustainable Iowa Land Trust is pleased to announce two opportunities for beginning and disadvantaged farmers in 2017 - in South Central Iowa and North East Iowa.  SILT farmers are expected to choose one of 5 third-party certified   sustainability standards.  Long-term, affordable lease available to eligible farmers after initial trial period.

Beaumont Farm
22 acres available for sustainable food production near Garber, IA. Includes 10 acres in prairie for the last 15 years, suitable for transition to organic vegetable production, orchard, and/or grazing. Balance is in timber, mostly steep, with many downed trees for firewood. Good potential for agroforestry production in some areas.
Site includes a 60'x60' barn plus use of tractor and other equipment for the right tenant.

Rose Haven Farm 
Low-cost lease on up to 25 acres near Corydon, IA. Ideal for fruit and vegetable production or livestock such as poultry, goats, rabbits, sheep or a small number of hogs. Includes good boundary fences, hydrants (on rural water), electric, one metal building approx. 60' x 30'. An individual or couple may live rent-free by pulling up an RV or mobile home and hooking up to water and electric on site seasonally.
Interested applicants should send a business plan, resume and references with proof of at least one year of recent on-farm experience to

Last Chance to Complete our Survey! 
Practical Farmers' Beginning Farmer programming is designed as a direct result of your needs and interests. 

Please, take a few minutes to fill out a short survey that will help us understand what activities you're engaged in, and how we can help you reach your farm goals. 

Center for Rural Affairs will hold free webinars on Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), a crop insurance option that requires crop diversity in order to qualify. All are welcome to attend, there is no cost to participate.
Commodity producers:
This will be a great webinar for commodity producers who have one or two additional crops that they have trouble insuring.
Wednesday, Nov 30
2:00 pm  Register here
Livestock producers: WFRP will insure up to $1 million in annual revenue from animals and animal products - learn how to apply.
Wednesday, Dec 14
11:00 am  Register here.
December 5-8
Growing for the Future is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, student loans, land tenure, food safety, women and veterans in farming, conservation and much more!  The conference is completely online, and features farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q & A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways! 
Register now for this free conference.    

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.

In This Issue
Upcoming  PFI  Events
Tuesdays 7pm

Nov. 29 - Tax Preparation for Your Farm

Dec. 6 - Graze and Bale: Cover Crops as Forage

Dec. 13 - Getting More from Cover Crops

Dec. 20 - Farm-Life Balance for CSA Farmers

January 20-21, 2017
Ames, IA

February 10-11, 2017
Strawberry Point, IA

2016 Boots on the Ground Award
Jordan Scheibel of Savings Incentive Class of 2013 has been selected for the 2016 Boots on the Ground Award which celebrates an outstanding beginning farmer in Eastern Iowa. Jordan operates Middle Way Farm near Grinnell, Iowa. His produce is available to customers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and other direct markets. Jordan says he "believes in growing better, not bigger. The two-acre farm is intentionally small so that the focus can be caring for the land, quality, serving customers, and working smarter, not harder, while enjoying a good quality of life." Please join us as we celebrate this honor to Jordan. 
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? 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.
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Ames, IA 50010