New SCC Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter to Host Young Farmer Conference


West Burlington, IA – Southeastern Community College’s new Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter will host the 2014 Young Farmer Conference on December 12 and 13 at the Comfort Suites in Burlington.

The two-day event will feature speakers from across the state, including Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Transportation. Sessions include precision agriculture, rules and regulations, cover crops, and a session titled, “Young Farmer 101.”

SCC Ag instructor Sabrina Pidgeon says that while the event is open to anyone, it is geared primarily to farmers ages 18 to 40, and those just starting out in the business.

The event is being organized by SCC’s new Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter, the only community college-level collegiate chapter in Iowa.

Iowa Farm Bureau Regional Manager John Sandbothe says that Farm Bureau is always looking to expose students to careers in agriculture, and with his close ties with Ag instructors Adam Raub and Sabrina Pidgeon, SCC was an excellent fit.

“There is a collegiate Farm Bureau chapter at Iowa State University. However, there are hundreds of students who attend Iowa community colleges not being served. By bringing Iowa Farm Bureau to community colleges like SCC, we’ll engage more students.”

Sandbothe explains that the county Farm Bureaus in the area have allocated funding to help students with specific initiatives, including community service projects, activities that promote farming careers, and educational opportunities for young farmers.

“Operating a family farm is just a small part of the ag industry. It’s important that our young farmers are exposed to all aspects of the agriculture industry and that they understand how they can make a big impact in their local communities,” explains Sandbothe.

The new chapter will be student-driven.

“The students can meet the objectives however they want. The best way to encourage buy-in is to let them come up with the ideas and then carry them out. This conference is their idea. They planned it and they’re organizing it. We’re just providing support.”

The event is open to the public. Registration is available at the door. However, seats are limited so pre-registration is suggested.

To learn more or to register, contact the Lee County Farm Bureau office at (319) 835-5126 or