New publications, trainings will help food producers navigate marketing regulations

January 26, 2018
by Leigh Adcock, Communications Specialist

If you grow produce for sale directly to consumers in Iowa, a new series of publications and an upcoming set of trainings from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are available to help.

The state regulates the preparation and sale of different foods in different ways. You may have to get a license to sell some products. Even if you don’t, it pays to be aware of the regulations you need to follow.


First, check out this great new series of publications, Marketing Local Foods in Iowa. They are available as free PDFs from the Extension Store. They list rules, regulations, and license requirements for the direct-marketing the following 10 products:

  • red meat
  • poultry
  • dairy
  • seafood
  • eggs
  • low acid and fermented foods
  • fruit and vegetable juice
  • fruits and vegetables (cut and whole)
  • honey and maple syrup
  • jams, jellies and preserves

Each publication is two pages, and includes a flow chart to help producers find the regulations that apply to their type of operation.


Five free workshops beginning in February will give Iowa producers information about food safety and marketing regulations. They will be held at the following locations and dates:

  • Feb. 3 – ISU Extension and Outreach Buena Vista County office; Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Feb. 10 – ISU Extension and Outreach Cass County office; Atlantic, Iowa
  • March 3 – ISU Extension and Outreach Washington County office; Washington, Iowa
  • March 10 – St. Paul’s Methodist Church; Waterloo, Iowa
  • March 31 – Iowa State University Food Science Building; Ames, Iowa

Sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enrollment in each workshop is limited to 30. Contact Shannon Coleman, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, at or 515-294-9011 to register or for more information.

More resources

Food safety regulations for producers

Selling Local Food – Direct to Consumer