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Six Iowa-Based Businesses Receive $571,295 in Value-Added Producer Grants to Help Develop New Agricultural Products, Expand Sales

Ely, Iowa, October 28, 2016 — 

Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director today visited Dan and Debbie’s Creamery Inc., in Ely to recognize the family-owned business for their recently announced $151,544 USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG).  Read More.

The 2015 CSA Farming Annual Report is now available

Learn more about trends and statistics in CSA farming and download the full 2015 report here

Free Agricultural Water Food Safety Testing

Ames, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach food safety specialists will be providing free agricultural water food safety testing for up to 100 hobby gardeners and very small fruit and vegetable producers in Iowa for an upcoming ISU Extension and Outreach research project titled “Educating Iowans about the importance of water food safety when growing fruits and vegetables.” 

Sample Criteria
To participate, three items are needed:
     1. Two samples of at least 500 mL of agricultural water from an untreated surface source (e.g. pond, lagoon, rain barrel, etc.) or untreated ground (e.g. well) source provided. 
     2. The use of this agricultural water (e.g. handwashing, drip irrigation, overhead irrigation, produce rinsing).
     3. Indicate the market the fruits and vegetables will be sold or given to (e.g. food pantry, grocer, restaurant, farmers market, hospital, school, etc.)

Please send the items with your contact information including name, address, phone number and email to:
     Attn: Angela Shaw
     2312 Food Science Building
     Ames, IA 50011

If you have any questions, contact ISU Extension food safety specialists Angela Shaw, angelaml@iastate.edu.


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