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Applications are open for Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Grow Your Future” award

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Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the state’s largest farm organization, encourages young farm entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 with an agriculture-related business to enter the Grow Your Future Award for a chance to win $10,000. This competition is aimed at Farm Bureau members with unique business ventures utilizing niche manufacturing, agritourism and other specialty services.

“Our IFBF Young Farmers Committee understands the barriers to farming and the need to diversify to break into farming and has helped develop this program to recognize creative new businesses,” says Amanda Van Steenwyk, manager farm development from Iowa Farm Bureau. We recognize the challenges that come with entrepreneurship and efforts to bring additional income to the farm, and this award is just one way we can help young farmers grow their businesses.”

Interested entrepreneurs must register before September 1 at www.iowafarmbureau.com/growyourfuture. A panel of judges will select up to six finalists to send to the online public vote. The public vote will limit the number of finalists to three. The top three finalists will compete in a live pitch-off during the 2025 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference on January 17, 2025. The winners will be announced on January 18.

First, second and third place finalists will receive $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. Last year’s Grow Your Future Award winner grows more than 40 different crops in addition to raising meat birds and plans to use her profits to expand direct-to-consumer marketing and farmers’ market presence.

“In addition to the Grow Your Future Award, Iowa Farm Bureau has a rich history of supporting rural entrepreneurs on their journey. IFBF’s Renew Rural Iowa program has mentored nearly 4,000 rural entrepreneurs and business owners while creating more than $150 million in rural economic impact . communities in Iowa,” said Brent Johnson, President of the Iowa Farm Bureau “The Grow Your Future Award is just one more way to highlight innovation in agriculture and support young rural entrepreneurs and impressive, and it is exciting to see the willingness of these young farmers to explore new opportunities in agriculture that will make Iowa agriculture and our rural communities even stronger.”

Source: iowafarmbureau.com

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