Director of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative warns producers to double the frequency they inspect their grain because this is a high risk year and the condition of stored grain could deteriorate quickly.
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.
Fall is the perfect season for apples and apple orchards. But what about crabapples? Are they OK to eat? And which varieties are best to use? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about crabapples and the best ways to enjoy them.
There’s still time for beef producers to become certified or to update their Beef Quality Assurance certification. Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, has two northwest Iowa workshops planned for late November.
A training course to become a Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance designated Preventative Controls Qualified Individual will be held in Ames, Iowa from Jan. 9-11.
ISU Extension and Outreach will hold five Produce Safety Alliance trainings during the spring of 2018 to help growers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. The training sessions will be held in Indianola, Ottumwa, Cedar Rapids, Sheldon and Mason City.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a three-hour class for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa. The workshop will be held on three consecutive Saturdays in April on the Iowa State University campus.
Because of their value to high tunnel producers, tomatoes are often grown every year, despite the increased risk for plant disease outbreaks caused by a monoculture system.
The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. One certification session has been set for Jan. 19 in Washington County.
Helping children make healthier food choices is the goal of farm to school programming nationwide. Since 2007, 30 schools in Iowa have formed farm to school chapters, and others participate in related activities throughout the year, such as the Great Apple Crunch in October or after school snack programs.