Publications & Trainings Help Local Foods Producers Navigate Regulations

Flowcharts in publication series and reviewed at trainings provide information on how to market local foods in Iowa

AMES, Iowa – Marketing crops can be a challenge for local food producers. There are state licenses that must be obtained for some foods, and regulations to follow.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created a series of flowcharts to help producers market their food crops, while also guiding them to the appropriate agencies or departments for regulations, certifications or licenses needed to comply with state rules.

This series of publications, titled “Marketing Local Foods in Iowa” (FS 15-25) includes information on red meat, poultry, dairy, seafood, eggs, low acid and fermented foods, fruit and vegetable juice, fruits and vegetables (cut and whole), honey and maple syrup, and jams, jellies and preserves.

“These publications do not tell producers how to market their crops, but guide them through rules and regulations they may be required to meet,” said Linda Naeve, program specialist with Value Added Agriculture at ISU Extension and Outreach. “Direct-to-consumer regulations may be completely different from wholesale market requirements. These publications give them a guide to the information they will need.”


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