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A farmer leads a tour and demonstration on a farm

Agritourism can be a fun and rewarding experience for Iowa landowners. With some careful planning and foresight, agritourism can provide supplemental revenue to a farm or become its main source of revenue.

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Are you ready to cultivate your dreams and turn that small plot of land into a thriving and sustainable farm?

Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for the Small Farm & Beginning Farmer series, designed exclusively for beginning farmers and small acreage owners.

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Farm, Food and Enterprise Development is hosting a Small Meat Processor Workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as those relatively new to the industry. Workshop speakers will discuss business planning, budgets, and marketing strategies. 

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Brown Huber started a new role with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Jan.

School lunch trays

The “Local Food for Schools Progress Report,” released by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, noted that 135 schools in 69 counties received funds from the program in the 2022-23 school year, resulting in $644,931 of food purchases from local farms and businesses. 

Gary Matteson of Farm Credit awards Sommer Sibilly-Brown and Courtney Long the 2023 MarketMaker Innovation Award

Farm, Food and Enterprise Development receives 2023 MarketMaker Innovation Award for collaborative efforts in U.S. Virgin Islands.

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The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a virtual Specialty Crop Marketing Boot Camp on two occasions in February.

Local Food Leader: Establishing Successful Food Systems in your Community

The next virtual Local Food Leader Certification will be held this spring, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The certification is intended for beginning local food practitioners, although it is open for anyone who is interested in food systems development and collaboration.

A vendor at a farmers market hands a customer products

In Marshall County the dangers of a food system under threat became apparent as the community grappled with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, a derecho in 2020 and a tornado in 2018.