Next Generation

Young Farmer Accelerator Program

Helping young farmers gain deeper understanding and build strong networks

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Young Farmer Accelerator Cohort!

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Tiffany Bailey
President & Owner
Bayside Sod Inc. & Honeyside Farms

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David Bohlen
Bohlen Family Farms

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Aaron Clark
Cloverleaf Farm

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Jess Daily
Operations Manager
Mainstay Farming Partnership

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Gracie Danner
Danner Family Grain

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Erin Galloway
High Value Crop Specialist
John Deere

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Luke Gosse
Chief Operating Officer
Blue Diamond Farming Company

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Erin Hargrove
Boxcar Acres

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Michael Hill
H&A Farms

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Alexis Mena
Universe City

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Eamon O’Toole
Co-Owner & Manager
Ladder Ranch

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Georgina Sarpong
Abundance Farm

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Larna Schnitker
Farmer & Student
Schnitker Farms

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Brad Stinson
West Coast QA/QC Field Supervisor
Duda Farm Fresh Food Inc.

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Stan Usery
Usery Consulting, Inc.

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. Up to 10 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.