Next Generation

Young Farmer Accelerator Program

Helping young farmers gain deeper understanding and build strong networks.

Announcing the 2022 Young Farmer Accelerator Program Cohort


Brady Brown
B&B Brown Farms LLC


Michelle Carr
Farm Manager
JO-AR-CA Farms


Alicia del Aguila
Aloha Redland LLC


Steve Kaufman
Kaufman Joint Venture


Roberto Ortez
Agricultural Supervisor
Florida Crystals Corporation


Zoe Schultz
Regional Outreach Coordinator, Kansas Corn
Farmer, Schultz Farm


Leevi Stump
Manager of Livestock Production and Operations
Greenacres Foundation

About the Program

This program seeks to actively engage farmers from 21-40 years old in a yearlong series of interactive learning and networking experiences, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of a wide variety of agriculture, agribusiness, and government issues. The program also helps young farmers build a strong, enduring network of peers and agribusiness and government contacts. Participants are sponsored to attend events, engage in virtual conversations, and participate in exclusive learning opportunities.

Young Farmers engage in a variety of activities, including: developing working relationships with peers and a senior agribusiness/farmer mentor; attending Farm Foundation Round Table meetings to network and learn from industry leaders; and other unique opportunities for personal and professional development.

To be eligible for this program, Young Farmer applicants must be U.S. citizens, between the ages of 21 and 40, and actively involved in farming as a career. Young farmers from around the U.S. with careers and backgrounds in all types of farming are selected in order to assemble a cohort that looks like American farming today. Young Farmer candidates may be nominated by anyone who knows them, such as co-workers, community leaders, etc.