Managing Tough Times: Beginning Farmer Center

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Managing Tough Times: Beginning Farmer Center

Dave Baker works for the Beginning Farmer Center. Follow him as he helps potential farmers make the transition into established farms. Contact the Beginning Farmer Center at 1-877-BFC-1999 or

The Iowa Legislature created the Beginning Farmer Center in 1994. The Center is a part of Iowa State University Extension. The idea for a Beginning Farmer Center developed from a series of discussions with legislators, ISU Extension personnel and others concerning what could be done to encourage new farmers. These discussions led to the conclusion that it was necessary to have a center to focus exclusively on the needs and issues facing beginning farmers. It was also determined that this center should facilitate the matching of beginning farmers with existing farmers who wanted to transition their farm businesses to the next generation.

One Response to “Managing Tough Times: Beginning Farmer Center”

  1. Laura Clemen Says:

    We are planning to retire in the next 10 years and have found a young man interested in joining us to transition the operation to him. We need advice or resources with suggestions on how to handle this properly. Thanks for any advice.

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