Sandy Ehrig - Economic Development Admin., Iowa Farm Bureau

About Us

Renew Rural Iowa

The Iowa Farm Bureau has an innovative program to enhance and improve economic growth across the state. It’s called Renew Rural Iowa. Renew Rural Iowa is designed to help increase the enterprise value of new and existing businesses in Iowa’s small towns through a program of business education, mentoring, and the financial resources to help businesses grow. By bringing together seasoned business experts and critical resources at each seminar, business owners can tap into an array of services – all at one time.

We’re putting the necessary tools in place to foster economic growth in Iowa – a key strategy of the Iowa Farm Bureau. The anticipated benefits include a new vitality for this important segment of our state - community growth through new buildings, new people, and more reinvestment within small and mid-sized Iowa communities.

Why Iowa Farm Bureau?
People, progress and pride is more than a slogan for Iowa Farm Bureau and its more than 153,000 members– it is a continuing commitment to invest in the growth of rural and small communities for Iowa’s economic vitality and quality of life.

With nearly 90% of Iowa’s farmers working off-farm for supplemental employment, Iowa Farm Bureau recognizes that the need for rural Iowa vitality is essential. Reversing the trend of low entrepreneurial start-ups in our state and creating a quality of life for Iowa’s many small and mid-sized communities offers a unique opportunity to meet a need and help farmers keep farming.


Co-hosting opportunities
Are you interested in strengthening your book of business by creating a more credit-worthy customer?Maybe you’re interested in providing a value-added service to your clients or looking for resources for economic growth in your community. If you answered yes to any of these questions, then co-hosting a Renew Rural Iowa seminar is for you.

Companies and organizations offering business services to Iowa’s emerging companies may be interested in hosting an upcoming seminar. Consultants, educational institutions, commercial realty firms, insurance, banks and business advisors may wish to take advantage of these business-building opportunities. Position your firm with your marketing materials and the opportunity to meet these emerging businesses. If you would like to be associated with Renew Rural Iowa’s unique mission, join the growing network of hosting organizations. Call (800) 254-9670, or click here for more information.