ISU Extension and Outreach Hosting Expanding Farm Horizons: Early-Career & Beginning Farmer Resources and Strategies Program

The average age of farmers is now around 60 years old and trending older. But there are many men and women who are driven, ambitious, and interested in production agriculture – but may face perceived barriers to entry. This may include finances, access to land, limited practical knowledge or family farm transition challenges.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach seeks to build the future in production agriculture by offering information about the ways to overcome barriers and design a more defined path to a career in production agriculture.

“Expanding Farm Horizons: Early Career and Beginning Farmer Resources and Strategies” is a two-session workshop designed to share resources, encourage networking, and inspire planning to move forward with strategies to establish a plan for expanding a life in farming.

In Delaware County, the program will be held on two consecutive Thursdays – December 9th and December 16th at the Delaware County Extension Office (1417 N. Franklin St.) in Manchester. A light supper will be served at 5:30pm and programming will be held from 6 to 8pm. Presenting at this seminar is Melissa O’Rourke, Attorney and ISU Extension Farm and Business Management Field Specialist, along with other area professionals. 

Topics covered in the two sessions will include: 

-Building Your Farm Resume

-Accessing Land

-Working with Ag Lenders – Bankers

-Taking Inventory: Evaluating Available Assets & Liabilities

-Farmland Leases – legal & practical aspects

-Farm Financial Analysis

-Iowa Beginning Farmer Tax Credit and Loan Participation programs

-USDA—Farm Service Agency Beginning Farmer programs

-Educational Resources

-Family Dynamics

-Communication between Farmland Owners and Producers

While there is no fee for these workshops due to grant funding, participants should pre-register so that adequate food, seating and materials can be provided. To register visit . Or call the Delaware County Extension office at 563-927-4201 or email A flyer and registration form is also available on the website at


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