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Learning Opportunities Provided through Veterans in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Conference

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University will host the 2016 ISU Veterans in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Conference on Monday, Aug. 22. The conference is called “Common Ground: Creating Dialog and Action,” and will provide veterans, their families, service providers and policy makers an opportunity to learn and network.

The goal of the event is to provide veterans and their families a community-focused resource fair and a venue for the exchange of new ideas and to examine the strengths and weaknesses of public policy and programming among service providers.

The conference will take place in the Great Hall of Iowa State University’s Memorial Union and run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Attendees should register online. Questions about this event and resources available through Iowa State University can be directed to the Iowa State Veterans Center at veteranscenter@iastate.edu

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NCR-SARE - 2017 Call for Research and Education Preproposals

The 2017 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals is now available online at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Our-Grant-Programs/Research-and-Education

NCR-SARE’s Research and Education (R&E) program supports sustainable agriculture innovators with competitive research and education grants. Individual grants range from $50,000 to $200,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about ten to eleven projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.

NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Research and Education Grant Program using our online submission system. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for preproposals.  The deadline for Research and Education Program preproposals is October 20, 2016 at 4pm CDT.

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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