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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

student eating lunch.

Tasty, healthy (and a little spicy!): CR students love Black Bean Day

by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist, and Chelsea Krist, program coordinator “Local black beans? 110 out of 10!” That’s just one of many excited comments from students about a recent “Black Bean Day” in Cedar Rapids elementary schools. Three years in the making, the event was a true labor of love for many partners, encompassing recipe … Continue reading Tasty, healthy (and a little spicy!): CR students love Black Bean Day

farmer picks kale

14 Iowa farms certified via GroupGAP in 2018

Fourteen produce farms achieved their Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) food safety certification at a discount in 2018, thanks to their participation in GroupGAP training facilitated by ISU. GAP is a voluntary USDA farm food safety program. Certified farmers verify that they’re producing, packing, handling, and storing their fruits and vegetables as safely as possible to … Continue reading 14 Iowa farms certified via GroupGAP in 2018