About us


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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program (formerly the Local Foods and Value Added Agriculture Programs) supports value-added agriculture enterprises, businesses and regional food systems through research, education and community engagement.

Robust farms, food systems, and small businesses are at the heart of the Iowa State University strategic plan: “Improve the quality of life for all Iowans through services and programs dedicated to economic development and the promotion of healthy communities, people and environments.”

The FFED team provides resources and technical assistance to extension staff and communities statewide on topics including:

  • small farm profitability
  • agritourism
  • community food systems planning and development
  • farm to school and farm to early childhood education
  • business feasibility and financing

Learn more about our programs.

Contact us today to learn how we can support your work!