by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist ISU has been offering Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower trainings in Iowa for about two years. But our food safety team noticed very few Plain growers at trainings. Plain farmers can include Amish, Mennonite or Hutterite Christians. They tend to live in separate communities, and they vary in their use … Continue reading Produce safety outreach to Plain communities in Iowa
Improving Your Farm Profitability: #2 by Craig Chase, program manager I often hear beginning farmers talk about how their farm is profitable. When asked how they know, they often answer that they had more money at the end of the year than at the beginning. Having more money in your bank account is a good … Continue reading Cash flow vs. profitability
Improving Your Farm Profitability: #1 by Craig Chase, FFED program manager Farmers producing value-added or non-conventional crops often ask me how they could increase their chances of getting a loan from a lender. My answer is simple: you must think like a lender. Remember that a lender works for a bank (or other institution). The … Continue reading Need a business loan? Think like a lender.
by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist Sadie Gravel isn’t one for sitting still. The 20-year-old ISU senior is set to graduate in December, a year and a half ahead of her classmates. She started college with 55 credits earned during her career at Cascade High School. In her short time at ISU she’s been active in … Continue reading Intern Sadie Gravel makes most of her time at ISU