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Local Farm Business Used FSA Loan Opportunity to Startup

May 15, 2017, 9:10 am | Marsha Laux

KoiGreen Produce and Pond Supplies, located in Ogden, Iowa, uses the water from their ponds stocked with koi fish to water the produce they grow and sell. KoiGreen was able to start its business and purchase many necessary items for its pond thanks to an USDA Farm Service Agency microloan. Read more about Local Farm Business Used FSA Loan Opportunity to Startup

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings Scheduled for Fall 2017, Winter 2018

September 14, 2017, 3:35 pm | Ellen Johnsen

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety should make plans to attend an upcoming Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training course. Read more about Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings Scheduled for Fall 2017, Winter 2018

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Master Gardeners Work to Decrease Food Insecurity

December 15, 2017, 8:33 am | Susan DeBlieck, Christine Hradek

Master Gardener volunteers donated produce grown in 15 counties as well as demonstration gardens from six Iowa State research farms as part of the Growing Together initiative. The total donation came to 74,841 pounds of fruits and vegetables that went to more than 75 locations across the state. Read more about Master Gardeners Work to Decrease Food Insecurity

Techniques to Improve Your Success at Farmers' Market

As a grower marketing directly to consumers, you need to make a good impression that will translate into a lasting positive image for your business. If possible, choose a bustling, centrally-located market that is populated by serious vendors. Proximity to your farm is a factor, but consider whether the extra sales made at a busier market will justify your time and additional expenses. Whichever market you choose, be familiar with the rules, keep the market manager happy and have a presence there every week, preferably in the same slot. Customers appreciate consistency. Read more about Techniques to Improve Your Success at Farmers' Market

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