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Young farmers learn how to succeed in agriculture

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It's hard for any entrepreneur to get a business started. That's why the Iowa State University Extension is reaching out to young Siouxland farmers.

A forum in Sioux Center, Iowa was designed to help new farmers become successful. It offered mentors and extra training.

Some of the topics included, ways to cut production costs, mitigate management risks, analyze finances, marketing, and having a global outlook.

Officials want young farmers to understand the broad picture of the ag industry, so they can make better decisions.

They say farming is good for the economy and rural communities, but it's not always easy to get started.

"You know knowing that I'm not the only one that's going through this trying to get started in this farm economy that we're in, it's really hard with the cost to get started, so it's good to know that there's other young farmers out there going through the same thing," said Jonathon Kiel, Newkirk, Iowa farmer.

The extension says there are about 200 young farmers in Northwest Iowa.

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