Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference.

Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference is June 18-19 in Waukee

Save the date for the 2020 Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference, June 18-19 at Timberline School in Waukee, Iowa! Registration is coming soon. This year marks the third annual farm to school conference, and the first sponsored by the recently combined Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition. Here’s what you … Continue reading Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference is June 18-19 in Waukee

Hops growing on vine.

Supporting a market for Iowa hops

by Christa Hartsook, program coordinator Hops are still a relatively new crop in the Midwest. The proliferation of craft breweries around Iowa fuels the recent interest and growth in hops production. Iowa now boasts 99 craft breweries with an economic impact of more than $100 million annually.* Unfortunately, growers face challenges in marketing locally grown … Continue reading Supporting a market for Iowa hops

Iowa Specialty Producers Conference logo.

Iowa Specialty Producers Conference is January 23-24 in Ankeny

The first-ever Iowa Specialty Producers Conference took place Thursday and Friday, January 23-24, 2020, at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The event was a joint gathering of the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (IFVGA) and the Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA). The conference featured keynote speaker John Stanley, an internationally known retail consultant, … Continue reading Iowa Specialty Producers Conference is January 23-24 in Ankeny