Next Generation

Young Farmer Accelerator Program

Helping young farmers gain deeper understanding and build strong networks.

Nominate a Young Farmer

Call for Nominations: 2023 Young Farmer Accelerator

Nominations accepted until February 8th, 2023
To be eligible for this program, young farmers must be a U.S. citizen, between the ages of 21 and 40, and actively involved in farming as a career. Young farmers from around the US with careers and backgrounds in all types of farming will be selected in order to assemble a cohort that looks like American farming today. Anyone who knows the Young Farmer can nominate them for this program, such as co-workers, community leaders, etc. Young Farmer Accelerators may also self nominate; if self nominating, letters of recommendation are highly encouraged. Submit a Young Farmer Accelerator nomination today.

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.

The 2022 Young Farmer Accelerator Program Cohort

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Brady Brown
Owner/Operator
B&B Brown Farms LLC

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Michelle Carr
Farm Manager
JO-AR-CA Farms

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Alicia del Aguila
Owner
Aloha Redland LLC

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Steve Kaufman
Partner
Kaufman Joint Venture

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Roberto Ortez
Agricultural Supervisor
Florida Crystals Corporation

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

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Leevi Stump
Manager of Livestock Production and Operations
Greenacres Foundation