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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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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

Merging and growing: announcing the Farm, Food, and Enterprise Development Program

by Craig Chase, Program Manager Program mergers and name changes can be difficult and confusing, both for employees and for clients of the programs being affected. Questions may arise, such as why the change, what was wrong with what we were doing and how we were doing it, and what was wrong with our name? … Continue reading Merging and growing: announcing the Farm, Food, and Enterprise Development Program