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Rainwater catchment systems for produce irrigation

by Joe Hannan, Commercial Horticultural Field Specialist Rainwater as an irrigation source is continuing to grow in popularity across Iowa. Shawn Shouse and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University designed their first high tunnel catchment system in 2010. Since then the system designs and intricacies have expanded to ever-larger volumes of water collected, collection from … Continue reading Rainwater catchment systems for produce irrigation

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Produce Safety Alliance trainings help Iowa growers comply with FSMA

by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist More than 180 Iowa produce growers took a Produce Safety Alliance grower training course from ISU Extension and Outreach in 2017-18. They attended in order to learn how to comply with new federal food safety regulations. Last spring we sent them a one-year follow-up survey. (See full results.) Eighty-nine percent … Continue reading Produce Safety Alliance trainings help Iowa growers comply with FSMA

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Tiers of on-farm food safety

by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist Farmers are navigating new rules related to the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce. Some terms are new, and some practices are now required by law. This new food safety landscape has farmers wondering what systems are needed on their farms. I created this graphic to help farmers … Continue reading Tiers of on-farm food safety

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Global Greens shares origin story with fellow food hubs

by Kayla Koether, food systems specialist Iowa’s local food hubs are a tight-knit group. They learn from each other and work together to strengthen the local foods economy, meeting regularly as part of the Food Hub Managers Working Group (FHMWG). Yet, Iowa’s food hubs are a study in diversity. They cover distinct geographic regions, operate … Continue reading Global Greens shares origin story with fellow food hubs