Opening session from the 2022 Community Food Systems Annual Event.

The first-ever Community Food Systems + Farm to School and Early Care Conference will be held June 15–17 in Waukee.

Local produce display at El Michoacano Tienda y Taqueria, Denison, Iowa.

Fresh, locally sourced foods could become more widely available to Iowans thanks to a unique partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED

Vegetable plants growing inside a greenhouse.

Local and regional food systems have grown in popularity over the past decade as shown by the increasing supply of and demand for local foods.

nting in a grow bag: An in-home early childcare and education provider helps a child plant tomato plants on a patio.

Many children in Iowa are enjoying access to and learning about local foods through their schools or childcare facilities because of the efforts of dedicated groups of people who make up the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care (F2SEC) Coalition.

Zinnias at Miss Effie's Country Flowers.

Iowans interested in beginning or improving their agritourism business will have the opportunity to learn directly from leading agritourism operators and experts during two special Agritourism Entrepreneurship Business Education Tours.

Four houses.

Five communities—Decorah, Elkader, Eldora, Fairfield, and Shellsburg—received funding this year from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to participate in the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA) program.

A ethnically diverse group of people seated at a table with a laptop.

To better support its clients’ needs in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), CED has added a new program that will provide education and coaching to its customers in the area of cultural competency. 

Housing with the text "Monday, April 10, Ames, Iowa" and "2023 Rural Housing Readiness Assessment Conference."

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development and the Iowa Economic Development Authority will be hosting the second annual Rural Housing Readiness Assessment Conference on April 10, 2023, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.

Shopping bags incart and credit card on laptop with paper boxes on table and sales data economic growth graph on screen, buying and selling services online on network, e-commerce concept.

The ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development Data and Technology Team recently redesigned the Iowa Retail Trade Analysis reports for cities and counties and migrated them to the Extension and Outreach Indicators Program data portal. 

woman holding tour guide certificate

Every Iowa community has a unique culture, and every culture has exceptional stories. Communities can bring those stories to life—if they have the training and tools to do it well. Tour guides and volunteers will have the opportunity to hone their skills at the 2023 statewide Guide Training Workshop.