Register now for Iowa Specialty Producers Conference Jan. 19-20

Register now for the Iowa Specialty Producers Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19-20, 2021. This second joint gathering of the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the Iowa Wine Growers Association will take place entirely online. Keynote speaker Hugh McPherson will share best practices for incorporating “agri-tainment” into a farming operation. He owns … Continue reading Register now for Iowa Specialty Producers Conference Jan. 19-20

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Virtual MarketReady class for producers begins Feb. 13

Ready to explore selling your farm products to institutions? Learn how to scale up and manage risk through our virtual MarketReady workshop series beginning Feb. 13. You will learn what it takes to diversify profitably into wholesale, retail and institutional markets. The course includes seven online modules plus live virtual discussions on the following Saturdays, … Continue reading Virtual MarketReady class for producers begins Feb. 13

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Food systems team helps rebuild hurricane-torn food system in US Virgin Islands

Technical support from FFED’s Food Systems Team is helping rebuild the local food system in the US Virgin Islands, devastated by hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. Local emergency funding allowed islanders to engage the community food systems team in 2018. On initial visits, the team developed support and understanding of the hurricanes’ impacts on … Continue reading Food systems team helps rebuild hurricane-torn food system in US Virgin Islands

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Early care sites can apply for funds to buy local foods

Partners within the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition recently won a Farm to Early Care and Education Implementation Grant (FIG). The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) awarded the grant. Learn more about the project here.  One grant strategy focuses on improving child nutrition. Partners plan to invest in Iowa agriculture … Continue reading Early care sites can apply for funds to buy local foods