AMES — Practical Farmers of Iowa, a program to assist beginning farmers establish themselves, has exceeded its $75,000 goal for 2013 campaign.

The successful fundraising effort will allow Practical Farmers to serve 1,500 beginning farmers in its network, matching beginners with farmer mentors and offering "farminars" (webinars), retreats, and field days specifically tailored for them.

In addition, Practical Farmers will be able to continue to offer a website matching landowners with those beginners seeking farmland (, and a popular Savings Incentive Program (SIP) for beginning farmers.

Enrollees in SIP develop or fine-tune a business plan, meet with a mentor and attend Practical Farmers events.