Laura Miller
Communications Specialist

515-294-5274
lwmiller@iastate.edu

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Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers.
 

The spotlight is on local food business expansion in this year's Iowa Local Food Conference April 8 at the Quality Inn in Ames.

A new Sustainable Vegetable Production website at www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab has the latest research for fruit and vegetable growers. Results, publications, videos and other resources generated by research conducted by extension vegetable specialist Ajay Nair and his lab team are posted on the site.

Producers making the switch to organic crops to meet growing market demand not only fetch premium prices, according to a recent study; they also build healthy soil and sequester carbon, making organic agriculture a useful strategy for dealing with climate change.

Iowans will have a chance to form partnerships and network with other local food enthusiasts at an upcoming conference, “Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy,” at the ISU Scheman Building on March 19-20.

Producers, consumers, business owners and anyone interested in developing Iowa’s local food system are invited to register for an upcoming conference, “Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy.”

The Local Food and Farm Program is looking for a few good ideas that will help put more Iowa-grown products on dinner plates and more money in the pockets of Iowa farmers. Iowa nonprofit organizations, farm groups and educational institutions are encouraged to submit proposals for potential funding.

The Twelfth Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held on the University of Iowa campus on Nov. 18 and 19. Farmers, extension staff, industry representatives and students are invited to learn about science-based research in organic agriculture and practical applications for Iowa farms.

“Iowa Food Marketing Regulations: A Guide for Small-Scale Producers” offers an overview of various licenses required for selling food in Iowa and state regulations that govern those sales, which are based on type of food, where it is sold, how it is processed, scale of operation and type of customer.

High tunnels are inexpensive, simple, passive-solar greenhouses that allow growers to extend the season and produce high yields of quality produce earlier and later than field-grown crops. However, soil around a high tunnel can erode or become saturated after rainfall. This potential problem has been turned into an asset, thanks to a one-year research project conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.