Man demonstrates carcass details to meat processing class.

Guidance for expanding small-scale meat processing

This article appeared in the May issue of Acreage Living, the monthly newsletter of ISU’s Small Farm Sustainability Program. Read more and subscribe. More consumers want to buy meat directly from producers due to supply chain challenges from COVID-19. But Iowa’s has limited capacity for small-scale meat processing. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land … Continue reading Guidance for expanding small-scale meat processing

Smiling boy with spade in garden.

Register by June 16 for virtual Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference

by Chelsea Krist, FFED farm to school coordinator We have more than 150 stakeholders already registered! The Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition invites you to attend the first-ever, virtual Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference, planned for June 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. The virtual conference is free and … Continue reading Register by June 16 for virtual Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference

Hands in gloves picking head of cauliflower.

Paying yourself: be sure to value your labor in farm budgets

Improving Your Farm Profitability: #4 by Craig Chase, FFED program manager Over the years, I have given numerous presentations and had discussions on developing enterprise budgets. I explain using those budgets to make decisions on pricing, product mix, and production changes. And as farmers get used to developing budgets, they find they can, in fact, … Continue reading Paying yourself: be sure to value your labor in farm budgets