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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 2017 New Century Farmer Conference will be held July 16-22, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa.

How to Apply


Who Can Apply

New Century Farmer is an exclusive, highly competitive program.

Selection criteria:

  • Candidates must be currently attending or a recent graduate (within six months) of a two- or four-year college or university as well as be between the ages of 18-24.
  • Candidates must have experience in the field of production agriculture.
  • Candidates must demonstrate plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities including but not limited to academic classes, FFA involvement and/or SAE projects.
  • Candidates must be a former FFA member, a current Collegiate FFA member, or a member of the National FFA Alumni Association.

Deadline: All applications must be completed by Feb. 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST.

NOTE: Your application is not valid until you have successfully completed the entire process and received an email confirmation.

About the Conference

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.


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