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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

How can schools incorporate local meats into their menus? Our new case study can help.

How can schools incorporate local meats into their menus? Our new case study can help.

Farm to school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Iowa Food Hub, sought to build a meat-to-school program in northeast Iowa. A new series of three publications… Read More

New guide helps food hub managers evaluate their own operations

New guide helps food hub managers evaluate their own operations

As the saying goes, “you get what you measure.” Food hubs, which are triple-bottom-line businesses that move regional farm products to market, have shown great promise in connecting local farmers and customers. But can they stay viable while serving their social mission? A new publication gives food hub managers some tools for measuring their business’… Read More

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Local Foods Program
Curtiss Hall, Ames, IA 50011
localfoods@iastate.edu; 515-294-3086
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/