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Beginning Farmer Programs

We Know Farmer isn’t a Job Title—it’s a Legacy

It’s no secret that Iowa is rich in farming tradition—our farmers have proudly fed the world for generations. However, obtaining enough capital to pursue the dream of a future in production agriculture can be challenging for our next generation of farmers. That’s why the Iowa Finance Authority offers several programs specifically designed to assist new farmers in attaining their goal. We know you’re purchasing more than land or livestock—it’s a heritage and future.

Beginning Farmer Loan Program

This program assists new farmers in acquiring farmland, buildings, machinery, equipment or breeding livestock at reduced interest rates.

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Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program

Iowa offers an incentive to landowners for leasing their farmland, machinery or equipment to beginning farmers.

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Loan Participation Program

Getting a loan sometimes requires extra support. We’re here to help you secure down payment assistance for your agricultural purchase.

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DNR Lease to Beginning Farmer Program

This program provides leasing opportunities to beginning farmers.

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