David Baker

Farm On is a service to help preserve the family farm business by matching beginning farmers who do not own land, with retiring farmers who do not have heirs to continue the family farm business. Farm On maintains a database of potential beginning farmers and landowners. Farm On is for a beginning farmer who:

  • Wants to find a way to pursue or continue a farming career.
  • Has a desire to farm but lacks the financial means.
  • Will invest time, energy, resources and sweat equity in return for an opportunity to farm.
  • Is not a farm land owner.
  • Wants to avoid large debt needed for start-up costs.

Farm On is for a retiring farmer who:

  • Plans to retire within the next 5 to 10 years.
  • Does not have anyone to continue the farm business.
  • Has a desire for the farm business to continue.
  • Wants to help a beginning farmer.
  • Would like to take maximum advantage of tax savings, such as reduced capital gains and income tax.
  • Wants to help preserve their family farm business and their local communities by encouraging young Iowans to move into farming.

To read more about the program and how to get involved select your category: Beginning Farmer | Retiring Farmer

To view a list of CURRENT AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES click here.

The Beginning Farmer Center's Objectives 

  • Coordinate education programs and services for beginning farmer efforts statewide.
  • Assess needs of beginning farmers and retiring farmers.
  • Develop, coordinate, and deliver targeted education to beginning and retiring farm families.
  • Provide programs and services that develop skills and knowledge in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, technical production and management, leadership, sustainable agriculture, human health, the environment, and leadership.

Future Plans for the Center

  • Continue funding and support for the Farm On program that links beginning farmers with farmers desiring to transition their farms to the next generation.
  • Continue funding and support for the Ag Link seminar for college juniors and seniors that will be returning to the family farm.
  • Continue to support the individual farm financial analysis for beginning farmers through the Extension Farm Financial Planning Program.
  • Develop a computer based version of the Farm Savvy transition manual.
  • Conduct research to determine the factors that motivate farm business owners to transition their farm business to the next generation.
  • Provide educational materials to beginning and exiting farmers through a variety of methods including the internet, seminars, and publications.


Contact David Baker

Beginning Farmer Center
Farm Transition Specialist
10861 Douglas Ave.
Suite B
Urbandale, Iowa  50322
Phone: 877-BFC-1999
Fax: 515-252-7828


Service Area

National Program

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