Farmers Resources

Food Safety


Farmers' Market Food Safety Training - FREE online training! https://www.safeproduce.cals.iastate.edu/training/


Food Safety Information - from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach /foodsafety/


Post Harvest Handling Decision Tool/valueaddedag/post-harvest-handling-decision-tool


Vegetable Wash Station Designs - https://www.leopold.iastate.edu/cool_tools/wash_stations 


FAQ on Food Regulations for Small Market Food Producers - https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/leopold_pubspapers/111/


Iowa Food Marketing Regulations Guide - from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and the Leopold Center     http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1076&context=leopold_pubspapers


https://www.idalsdata.org/fmnp/index.cfm


 


Farm Planning & Production


A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers - from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                       
http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=extension_pubs


Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Production Budgets- a tool to help you estimate the cost and returns to produce a product      

Overview Article  -  Editable Production Budgets in Excel Format


IowaProduce - Iowa State University Extension  - newletter, events, resources on crops and pests. https://iowaproduce.org/


Sustainable Vegetable Production - Iowa State University Extension - research reports and publications  https://www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/


 Commodities & Production: Agricultural Marketing Resource Center - overview of a variety of value-added and local food products and their markets.  https://www.agmrc.org/commodities-products/


Market Maker: Market Intelligence Tool - interactive map where you can search markets, populations, and other producers in our state. https://ia.foodmarketmaker.com/main/market_research


Vegetable Production handouts - UW Extension - data collected from various vegetable farmers on their specific crop production strategies.  Info on varieties, field prep, crop maintenance, harvest and yields.  Carrots- Potatoes- Snap Beans- Lettuce Mix


USDA: Fruit and Vegetable Prices - estimated average prices for 156 commonly consumed fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/fruit-and-vegetable-prices/


Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic - a resource from Iowa State University.  Search through their database of insects, plants and plant diseases, or submit a sample for identification. https://www.ent.iastate.edu/pidc/


Managing Employees -  a listing of employee manual templates, considerations for managing employees, and more. http://www.practicalfarmers.org/blog/2013/09/26/employee-manual-templates-and-more/ 


 


Marketing 


Iowa Department of Agriculture- Information on accepting FMNP checks, Iowa sensitive crops directory, etc.     http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/hortichttp://www.eatfreshsei.org/find-local-food/ultureandFarmersMarket.asp


Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Market Planner - online tool showing the rates of demand for 80 Iowa-grown crops. https://intrans.iastate.edu/marketplanner/


Marketing Resources from the Leopold Centerfor Sustainable Agriculture - https://www.leopold.iastate.edu/marketing/resources


Local Food Directory Listings- Make sure your farm is listed properly in online farm directories!!  Iowa Dept. of Land & Stewardship -  Local Harvest - Practical Farmers of Iowa - Eat Fresh Southeast Iowa - Iowa MarketMaker


 


High Tunnels & Hoop Buildings


Iowa High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Manual


Rainwater Catchment 


Vegetable Production Budgets for a High Tunnel


Hoop Structures for Livestock  - Beef -  Swine -  Other Livestock 


 


Webinars & online educational content


Practical Farmers of Iowa - Farminars - FREE online webinars on a variety of farming topics https://practicalfarmers.org/category/farminar/


Illinois Extension Local Foods Winter Webinar Series - FREE online webinars on a variety of local food production topics.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBvG-jopax3tPSCBXb6AgIQ

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