Next Generation

Young Farmer Accelerator Program

Helping young farmers gain deeper understanding and build strong networks.

The 2023 Young Farmer Accelerator Program Cohort

Jake Bailey
British Griffis -cropped

Jake Bailey
Director of Operations
Mossy Creek Cattle

British Griffis
Harvest OG Urban Farm and Goods

Natalie Heim
Rowdy Red Ranch

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Blake Lanphier Cropped
Darius McKoy cropped

Corey Johnson
Johnson Farms

Blake Lanphier
Farm Operations Manager
Historic Wagner Farm

Darius McKoy
12:03 A.M. Farm

Shameeka McKoy cropped
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Shameeka McKoy
12:03 A.M. Farm

Teresa Thomas
Chief Plant Curator
Crazy Plant Bae

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.

Nomination Timeline

In general, the nomination window for the upcoming Young Farmer Accelerator cohort opens in February. Please follow Farm Foundation’s social media channels ( especially LinkedIn and Facebook) for the latest details on upcoming nomination windows.