Business & Industry

Local Highlights

August 7, 2020

A first-of-its-kind, all-online course will occur Aug. 18-19 leading to Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) designation as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule. The registration deadline is midnight on Aug. 11.

July 27, 2020

Who will succeed you in your business? Many families struggle with making succession plans. “Families say they don’t know how to start talking about farm succession. We ask them, ‘What do you have now?' and ‘Where do you want to go?’ to get started”, says Iowa State University (ISU) Beginning Farmer Center Farm Transition Specialist David Baker.

July 24, 2020

A drought webinar series will address dry conditions across Iowa with input from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

June 18, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach plans multiple Beef Quality Assurance workshops starting in early July.

June 10, 2020

Once again, the NEW Cooperative Foundation has shown their commitment to supporting our local 4-H youth. Recently, the foundation donated $39,870 to 127 area 4-H clubs totaling to be 2,664 individual 4-H club members. The money is donated for half of each 4-H youth’s dues in NEW Cooperative’s trade territory, which includes Webster, Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Franklin, Sac, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Hamilton, Kossuth, Cherokee, Crawford, Plymouth, Monona, Wright, and Woodbury counties. 


Statewide Resources

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

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