Category Archives: Farmers

Iowa fruit and vegetable industry generated more than $80 million in economic activity in 2015

Iowa fruit and vegetable industry generated more than $80 million in economic activity in 2015

by Leigh Adcock Communications Specialist In 2015, Iowa’s commercial fruit and vegetable industry generated $48 million in direct sales and an additional $32 million in value-added commerce, for a total of more than $80 million in economic activity statewide. This is one highlight from the 2015 Iowa commercial horticulture survey, conducted by the Local Foods… Read More

Designing and analyzing the statewide commercial horticulture survey

Designing and analyzing the statewide commercial horticulture survey

by Arlene Enderton Evaluator The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) recently released the results of the 2015 Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey. I had the privilege of being a part of the team that designed the survey, analyzed the data and wrote the report. It was an exceptionally collaborative process, with IDALS, Iowa… Read More

New Iowans in Des Moines access farmland through Global Greens

New Iowans in Des Moines access farmland through Global Greens

by Leigh Adcock Communications Specialist Iowa has a long history of welcoming immigrants and refugees. Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI), based in Des Moines, is one of the state’s premiere service agencies in helping resettle these new Iowans. Nearly 700 immigrants and refugees arrive in Iowa each year, according to the US Committee for Refugees… Read More

“Growing healthy food seems like the most important thing I can do.”

“Growing healthy food seems like the most important thing I can do.”

by Leigh Adcock Communications Specialist Emily Fagan (left) will join her cousin Emily Breckbill (right) as co-manager of Humble Hands Harvest farm near Decorah this coming season. The two-acre organic vegetable farm will market its produce through a CSA (community supported agriculture), farmers markets, local food hub, and other wholesale accounts, in the Decorah area… Read More

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Agriculture and Natural Resources
Local Foods Program
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