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Farmers sought to train beginning farmers

Nov 20, 2012

AMES — Does your established farm seek a highly motivated farm employee? Are you looking for a way to support the next generation of Iowa farmers by sharing your farming knowledge with an aspiring farmer? If so, apply to be a trainer in Practical Farmers of Iowa’s new Labor4Learning program.

The newly launched program is an effort to help beginning farmers receive paid, on-the-job training while helping experienced farmers attract high-quality, motivated farm employees. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30. Up to 15 trainer farms will be selected by a diverse committee made up of PFI members.

Farms of all sizes, enterprises, production practices and regions in Iowa are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to serve as a trainer, farmers must live or farm in Iowa and be PFI members. To become a member, visit http://practicalfarmers.org or call the PFI office at 515-232-5661.

Approved trainer farms will receive a payment of up to $200 per month, not to exceed $1,000 per year. This money pays farmers to spend additional time educating trainees on farm business development. This additional training will provide trainees knowledge and business insights beyond the experience they will gain performing tasks as a farm laborer.

Trainees also will receive other benefits for participating, including: two paid days off to attend PFI events, such as field days; a special student rate discount to PFI’s annual conference; and special consideration for free lodging at a PFI member’s home during the 2014 annual conference.

Practical Farmers of Iowa will help advertise and connect trainees to employment opportunities at trainer farms; hiring decisions are made by the farm trainers.

An application is available at http://practicalfarmers.org or request one by calling 515-232-5661. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30.

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