Farmer Profile for Joel Zaenger

Co-Applicant / Partner Name:

Lorraine Zaenger


Please describe your past and/or present farming experience:

Started working with local farmer during teen years as a farmhand. Occupation history of working for local co-ops since high school: grain elevator and custom applicator experience. 15+ years of crop farming, haymaking, and custom harvesting.

Are you currently farming?:


Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?:



What is the primary agricultural enterprise you are considering?:

Row Crops

What other enterprises are you considering?:

Row Crops

The Land

Total Acres Desired:


Tillable Acres:





Farmhouse Needed:


Equipment Needed:

None. Fully functional line of equipment. Well maintained. Able to till plant and harvest row crops. Also have full line of hay equipment.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure Arrangement Considered:

Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Have you been qualified by a lending institution? (if applicable):


Business Plan/Goals

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.:

My short-term goal is to farm enough acreage that can help sustain my family and satisfy my desire to farm. My long term goal is to be able to buy a large scale amount of land. To achieve these goals, I will continue to seek out opportunities to locate more acreage, reach out to prospective sellers/renters, and advertise my willingness to farm more acreage. I will continue to maintain and keep equipment in satisfactory working condition in order to continue searching for more acreage without worry of being capable of the addition of that acreage. I hope in the next 10 years that I can be successfully farming a total of 200-300 acres. Contact