Local Foods

Apple Field Day Will Cover Food Safety Modernization Act

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:21
Deck:  Field day will include demonstrations on protecting apples from frost and how to efficiently spray trees. Author(s):  Joe Hannan Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day July 11 that focuses on frost protection of apples using irrigation, sprayer calibration and how the Food Safety Modernization Act affects the crop.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day July 11 that focuses on frost protection of apples using irrigation, sprayer calibration and how the Food Safety Modernization Act affects the crop.

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Iowa’s Wine Industry Continues to Grow

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 13:18
Deck:  Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa Author(s):  Jennie Savits Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa.

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Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa.

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A Review of Cold Climate Grape Cultivars

Growing Grapes in the Home Garden


Pruning Grapevines

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Local Foods Team Collaborates on Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:23
Deck:  Statewide audit provides first look at Iowa’s horticulture industry in over a decade Author(s):  Arlene Enderton Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

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The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

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Local Foods Team
 
Sustainable Vegetable Production
 
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agricutlure

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Iowa Schools Have New Resource for Farm to School Efforts

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:42
Deck:  National Farm to School Network selects ISU Extension and Outreach as Iowa core partner Author(s):  Lynn Heuss Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Iowa’s nearly 350 school districts serving 500,000 students can more easily expand efforts that connect children to locally sourced foods through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a national network of farm to school resources and practitioners.

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Iowa’s nearly 350 school districts serving 500,000 students can more easily expand efforts that connect children to locally sourced foods through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a national network of farm to school resources and practitioners.

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Iowa State Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program
The mission of the Local Foods Program is to support resilient food systems and healthy communities through research, education and community engagement with diverse partners. Our work focuses on four main strategies: beginning farmer support, economic development, community development and evaluation.

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Local Farm Business Used FSA Loan Opportunity to Startup

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:10
Deck:  KioGreen Produce and Pond Supplies makes use of FSA Microloan Program Author(s):  Marsha Laux Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

KoiGreen Produce and Pond Supplies, located in Ogden, Iowa, uses the water from their ponds stocked with koi fish to water the produce they grow and sell. KoiGreen was able to start its business and purchase many necessary items for its pond thanks to an USDA Farm Service Agency microloan.

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KoiGreen Produce and Pond Supplies, located in Ogden, Iowa, uses the water from their ponds stocked with koi fish to water the produce they grow and sell. KoiGreen was able to start its business and purchase many necessary items for its pond thanks to an USDA Farm Service Agency microloan.

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ISU Extension and Outreach’s Value Added Ag Program provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related or rural businesses in Iowa. Whether it’s a new start-up, or an established business wanting to expand, the VAAP works directly with the owners of the business. The Value Added Ag Program has been key in helping move Iowa farmers forward with bigger gains and better returns. It’s not just a job. It’s your life. Let us make it a little easier.
 
United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency

 

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Food and Farm Policy is Focus of Public Meeting May 25 in Polk City

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:13
Deck:  Anyone interested in food systems is invited to learn about local, state and federal farm policy. Author(s):  Lynn Heuss Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Local, state and national legislative policies with a significant impact on the ability to develop thriving, sustainable local food systems in Iowa will be the focus of the May 25 meeting.

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Local, state and national legislative policies with a significant impact on the ability to develop thriving, sustainable local food systems in Iowa will be the focus of the May 25 meeting.

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Regional Food Systems Working Group
 
Local Foods Program, ISU Extension and Outreach
The mission of the Local Foods Program is to support resilient food systems and healthy communities through research, education and community engagement with diverse partners. Program work focuses on four main strategies: beginning farmer support, economic development, community development and evaluation.

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Introduction to High Tunnel Course Offered Online

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:30
Deck:  Course allows a learning opportunity for those who can't attend face-to-face training Author(s):  Christa Hartsook Joe Hannan Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Producers interested in learning about high tunnel production now have the option to take an online ISU Extension and Outreach course.

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Producers interested in learning about high tunnel production now have the option to take an online ISU Extension and Outreach course.

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High Tunnel Information

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Level 1 GAP Training Available Through Online Videos

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:54
Deck:  Three ISU Extension and Outreach videos help producers learn good agricultural practices Author(s):  Angela Laury Shaw Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

A series of three videos to help fruit and vegetable growers understand and implement good agricultural practices replaces the day-long Iowa Level 1 GAP program.

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A series of three videos to help fruit and vegetable growers understand and implement good agricultural practices replaces the day-long Iowa Level 1 GAP program.

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Promoting Food Safety - video

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New Guide Helps Food Hub Managers Evaluate Their Own Operations

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:33
Deck:  Financial metrics help mission-driven organizations achieve sustainability Author(s):  Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

The publication "A Manager's Guide to Food Hub Finances" gives food hub managers tools for measuring their business’ financial health while also addressing common financial concerns that arise in local food distribution.

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The publication "A Manager's Guide to Food Hub Finances" gives food hub managers tools for measuring their business’ financial health while also addressing common financial concerns that arise in local food distribution.

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Harmon Named Interim Associate Dean for Extension in ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:50
Author(s):  Brian Meyer Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Jay Harmon has been named the interim associate dean for extension and outreach programs and the interim director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

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Jay Harmon has been named the interim associate dean for extension and outreach programs and the interim director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

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Research Looks at Shepherding as Way to Maximize Iowa Food Systems Work

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:36
Deck:  Benefits of shepherding documented in ISU Extension and Outreach local foods program case study. Author(s):  Corry Bregendahl Alice Topaloff Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

The Local Foods Program team says shepherding can be used to engage a multi-county region to create change in food systems.

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The Local Foods Program team says shepherding can be used to engage a multi-county region to create change in food systems.

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Professional Development Program Offered for Iowa's Local Food Coordinators

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:25
Deck:  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program Awarded SARE-PDP Grant Author(s):  Caitlin Szymanski Lynn Heuss Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Professional development opportunities for local foods coordinators will be developed and delivered with funds from a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant.

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Professional development opportunities for local foods coordinators will be developed and delivered with funds from a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant.

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ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates National Ag Day

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:52
Deck:  Science-based research from faculty and specialists is aimed at improving Iowa agriculture Author(s):  John Lawrence Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.

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Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.

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Hops Workshop Offered to Promote Sustainable Production

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:06
Deck:  Six sessions will walk growers through a full season of hops growth Author(s):  Diana Cochran Erin Hodgson Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

A series of workshops covering sustainable hop production will help individuals interested in growing hops learn more about its production. The ISU Extension and Outreach series will be offered throughout 2017.

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A series of workshops covering sustainable hop production will help individuals interested in growing hops learn more about its production. The ISU Extension and Outreach series will be offered throughout 2017.

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Horticulture - ISU Extension and Outreach

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