Associate, Farm Financial Strategies
Co-Owner, Next Generation Ag Advocates
Mike Downey (Lisbon, IA) grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm in west-central Illinois, near Roseville. He received his degree in Agricultural Business and Finance from the University of Illinois in 2000. He began his career in land management and real estate with Hertz Farm Management and was responsible for a 7-county area in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. He has since joined Farm Financial Strategies to pursue his interest in helping farm families and landowners with their estate planning and strategies for passing their family farm to the next generation.
He is also co-owner of Next Generation Ag Advocates, which was founded in 2018 by two farmers from Iowa to help match retiring farmers and landowners that don’t have a successor to like-minded producers that will carry on their farm operation. He utilizes his past experiences to help them and others as an independent 3rd party for their lease relationships as well as other consulting services such as real estate, farm financial consulting, and young farmer programs.
Mike holds the designations of Accredited Farm Manager through the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Accredited Land Consultant through the Realtors Land Institute, and Certified Farm Succession Coordinator through the International Farm Transition Network.
He and his family live on a small farm near Lisbon, Iowa and he enjoys helping on his wife’s family farm in Cedar County, Iowa.
Mike is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.