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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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School gardens can help students deal with emotional challenges

by Chelsea Krist, program coordinator We know the benefits of school garden programs as a component of farm to school education, thanks to decades of research and innovative school-based initiatives. Opportunities for hands-on, interdisciplinary projects and exploration exist all over a school garden. Consider the science of measuring and monitoring plant growth. Or the mathematics … Continue reading School gardens can help students deal with emotional challenges