wilber's sweet corn stand.

Wilber’s Produce: the evolution of a vegetable and fruit farm

by Emily Coll, program coordinator Scott and Julie Wilber have been farming in Boone County for more than 10 years. Wilber’s Produce provides area residents with delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables grown on 18 acres. They erected a high tunnel in 2010, which enabled them to offer tomatoes and other vegetables earlier than their … Continue reading Wilber’s Produce: the evolution of a vegetable and fruit farm

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Produce Safety Alliance trainings help Iowa growers comply with FSMA

by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist More than 180 Iowa produce growers took a Produce Safety Alliance grower training course from ISU Extension and Outreach in 2017-18. They attended in order to learn how to comply with new federal food safety regulations. Last spring we sent them a one-year follow-up survey. (See full results.) Eighty-nine percent … Continue reading Produce Safety Alliance trainings help Iowa growers comply with FSMA

food safety peppers in water.

Tiers of on-farm food safety

by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist Farmers are navigating new rules related to the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce. Some terms are new, and some practices are now required by law. This new food safety landscape has farmers wondering what systems are needed on their farms. I created this graphic to help farmers … Continue reading Tiers of on-farm food safety