Now Accepting Applications for Emerging Farmer Forum Hosted at Pinhook Farm
The Emerging Farmers project is a proactive approach to address a need. Furthermore, this need is to reach out to emerging farmers and also future landowners. An emerging farmer is someone with ties to agricultural land. This someone would like to return to the farm as an operator or rather have a voice in its management.
A goal of this innovative project is to help address a variety of social factors influencing the adoption of conservation practices and also assist emerging farmers in the creation of a sustainable business plan for their operation. To further your understanding about conservation practices visit here. According to the USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service’s 2014 Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) Survey, in Iowa:
- Rented or leased is half of the land
- Owner/operators make up 19.4% of landowners – 40% of landowners have never farmed before
- Owned by women is 40% of agricultural land, with 33% of these women over age 65
- By 2019, ~9% of all the agricultural land will be transferring ownership and ~9% put into a will
This large transference of land and significant demographic shift in Iowa’s agricultural land management and ownership calls for new approaches to conservation outreach and education.
Who are emerging farmers?
Emerging farmers include anyone who has recently started farming, would like to farm or would like to have a voice in the management of their family’s farm.
Due Wednesday, May 16. – Apply today because space is limited!
All applicants will be notified of their application status by June 1, 2018.
Especially relevant is that an all-expense paid two-day cabin stay goes to the chosen recipients who apply.
Most noteworthy, the partners include: Iowa Learning Farms, Seth Watkins, Nathan Anderson, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development, Beginning Farmer Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa.