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The four buckets

Improving Your Farm Profitability: #3 by Craig Chase, program manager The “four buckets” is not a technical financial term, but it is a helpful way to think about profit margins. Imagine you have four buckets in front of you and $100 in your pocket from a recent sale. You really can’t keep the $100 in … Continue reading The four buckets

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Supporting a market for Iowa hops

by Christa Hartsook, program coordinator Hops are still a relatively new crop in the Midwest. The proliferation of craft breweries around Iowa fuels the recent interest and growth in hops production. Iowa now boasts 99 craft breweries with an economic impact of more than $100 million annually.* Unfortunately, growers face challenges in marketing locally grown … Continue reading Supporting a market for Iowa hops

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Spotlight on Dawn Henderson, Flavors of Northwest Iowa

by Dawn Henderson, horticulture program coordinator January marks my seventh month on the job as the horticulture program coordinator for Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, Sioux, and Osceola counties (marketed jointly as Flavors of Northwest Iowa). I joined ISU Extension and Outreach after completing a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State this past May. Extension and … Continue reading Spotlight on Dawn Henderson, Flavors of Northwest Iowa

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Supporting food systems leaders around the US

by Bre Miller, program coordinator Last fall, our Community Food Systems team hosted four Local Food Leader (LFL) workshops in Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Oregon. These locations were selected as national hubs, providing access to this in-person workshop in the central, western, and eastern areas of the US. Local Food Leader is an individual skill … Continue reading Supporting food systems leaders around the US