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Online sales platforms an option for direct-market farmers during COVID-19 (and beyond)

by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist Direct-market farmers face closures of farmers markets, restaurants, and other in-person sales outlets this spring due to COVID-19. What options can replace these important markets? I recently attended a webinar sponsored by the non-profit Oregon Tilth called “Online Sales Platforms for Farmers” (view the recording). Representatives of five platforms gave … Continue reading Online sales platforms an option for direct-market farmers during COVID-19 (and beyond)

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Mr. Burrito sales climb with business development support

by Victor Oyervides, retail business specialist A collaboration between FFED and Community and Economic Development (CED) brought together the business development team of Steve Adams (CED), Duane Johnson (FFED), Kameron Middlebrooks (CED) and Victor Oyervides (CED & FFED), under the leadership of Brian Tapp (FFED). Immigrant entrepreneurs comprise one important group of clients for this … Continue reading Mr. Burrito sales climb with business development support

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Ames preschool celebrates Iowa Local Food Day

by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist, and Emily Paull, administrative specialist October 11 marked Iowa’s second statewide Local Food Day. This year schools across the state served more than 20 different locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheese, yogurt, grains, eggs and beef, pork and turkey.  Fifty school districts registered at IowaLocalFoodDay.org and committed to serving at … Continue reading Ames preschool celebrates Iowa Local Food Day