New Century Farmer

See highlights of the 2012 program here.

Information & Application


Ryan Amaral

Lindsey Calhoun

New Century Farmer

In today's global economy, farming is an exciting, fast-paced, and high-tech career. The New Century Farmer conference helps students develop their careers in production agriculture by providing them with an opportunity to advance their:

  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Practical Knowledge
  • Visioning
  • Global Perspective
  • Continuous Personal Growth

The 2013 New Century Farmer Conference will be held July 13-19 in Des Moines, Iowa.

How to Apply

New Century Farmer is an exclusive, highly competitive program.

Apply now: 2014 New Century Farmer Application


Conference Agenda

During the intensive five-day conference in Des Moines, Iowa, participants will network with industry experts, presenters and each other. They will attend a series of workshops and sessions discussing topics ranging from the global marketplace to farm financing, consumer trends and managing risk.

The participants will:

  • Discover how producers can profit from value-added products and the use of technology.
  • Explore new farm business opportunities and develop new business alliances with other producers.
  • Study behavioral changes that enable young producers to overcome common challenges they will face.
  • Grow personally and professionally.
  • Establish a network with a select group of business professionals excited about production agriculture.
  • Gain an understanding of how banks view your operation.
  • Create a vision statement for your operation.

It's not all work though. The New Century Farmers also:

  • Participate in a leadership/team building ropes course.
  • Take part in field and operation tours.
  • Burn some energy at an indoor sports complex.
  • Tour the Pioneer campus.
  • Enjoy a banquet at the Meredith building, home of Successful Farming.


This conference is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Case IH, CSX Corporation, and Farm Credit with media partner Successful Farming, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

pioneer CASE IH
CSX Farm Credit

Media Partner:

successful farming