"I feel proud to be able to work with the people of Farm Bureau, young farmers and people of agriculture," Chsen said.
Starting a farm can be a challenge for young people, and according to Chasen, most young farmers are following previous generations into the industry. There are programs available to help young farmers who want to get started as well.
Enthusiasm among young farmers is growing, Chasen said. Conferences have grown and seen increased attendance. Iowa State University's enrollment in ag programs has been on the rise.
A lot of passion exists for farming, and most young people are sticking to the traditional corn, beans and livestock operations. There are those in the agricultural field who have found a niche in other ag-based products. The biggest challenge to any farmer is having the cash flow to make an operation work.
Younger generations are "stepping up," according to Chasen. Opportunities to purchase Iowa's land from older owners are also expanding, he added.