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Global Greens shares origin story with fellow food hubs

by Kayla Koether, food systems specialist Iowa’s local food hubs are a tight-knit group. They learn from each other and work together to strengthen the local foods economy, meeting regularly as part of the Food Hub Managers Working Group (FHMWG). Yet, Iowa’s food hubs are a study in diversity. They cover distinct geographic regions, operate … Continue reading Global Greens shares origin story with fellow food hubs

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Building capacity with Iowa’s local food coordinators

by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist It’s a job title that didn’t exist a decade ago. Now Iowa’s local food coordinators play a unique and crucial role in the development of robust local food systems statewide. Right now, about 10 coordinators serve 75 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Some work for extension. Others report to local governments … Continue reading Building capacity with Iowa’s local food coordinators

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Enterprise budgets help farmers calculate crop profitability

by Emily Coll, program coordinator Farmers manage many spinning plates like any other business owner: production, accounts receivable/payable, marketing, customer service, research and development and more. And there is only so much time in the day. The FFED Program won a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Resource Center to develop enterprise budgets that incorporate … Continue reading Enterprise budgets help farmers calculate crop profitability