Tony Thompson of Elkhart is one of 21 beginning farmers to enroll into Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Savings Incentive Program. This is the fourth round of enrollees, bringing the total number of beginning farmers being served by the program to 80. The two-year program pairs beginning and aspiring farmers with experienced mentors, provides targeted learning opportunities, offers business planning support and guidance, and gives participants the chance to save money and receive matching funds while learning how to build a profitable farm.

The new enrollees, who will be in the Savings Incentive Program from January 2014 through December 2015, represent a diverse mix of farm enterprises and locations in Iowa.