Next Generation

Young Farmer Accelerator Program

Helping young farmers gain deeper understanding and build strong networks.

The 2024 Young Farmer Accelerator Program Cohort

Hannah Borg

Hannah Borg
Assistant Manager/Sixth-Generation Farmer
Borg Farms

Shane Duncan

Shane Duncan
Duncan Enterprises

Asad Ismail

Asad Ismail
CEO and Co-Founder
IMEX Organics


Daniel Losekamp
Sustainable Livestock Farmer
Semper Grazing Ranch

Nia Nyamweya headshot (1)

Nia Nyamweya
Founder and Owner-Operator
Beauty Blooms Farm

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 time commitment includes monthly Zoom calls and attending the June Round Table meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina (January 14-17, 2025). 

The program nomination window generally opens in February. Please keep an eye on this page and our social media channels to access the nomination form at that time. We are currently not accepting nominations from outside of the US.

Wagner Farm
Meeting with HLF
Next Gen on Boat Tour Aug 30 22 Young Farmers and AgriFood Leaders

Program Alumni

2024 Alumni

Hannah Borg

Shane Duncan

Asad Ismail

Daniel Losekamp

Nia Nyamweya

2023 Alumni

Jake Bailey

British Griffis

Natalie Heim

Corey Johnson

Blake Lanphier

Darius McKoy

Shameeka McKoy

Rashelle Thomas

2022 Alumni

Brady Brown

Michelle Carr

Alicia del Aguila

Zoe Kaiser

Steve Kaufman

Robert Ortez

Leevi Stump

2021 Alumni

Tiffany Bailey

David Bohlen

Aaron Clark

Jes Daily

Gracie Danner

Erin Galloway

Luke Gosse

Erin Hargrove

Michael Hill

Alexis Mena

Eamon O’Toole

Georgina Sarpong

Larna Schnitker

Brad Stinson

Stan Usery