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farmers market produce Farmers Market U-pick Guidance
May, 2020

As COVID-19 changes so many things about our society, many produce farmers are currently seeing a surge in demand for their produce from local customers. Direct marketing techniques are rapidly shifting to low- and no-contact methods. It is critical that farmers markets institute immediate changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their staff, sellers and buyers.

bee on red clover Keeping Bees in CRP
May, 2020

Over the past two decades, scientists and beekeepers alike observed drastic declines in bee populations. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) offered through the USDA offers a promising mitigation strategy related to establishing more nesting and foraging habitat for bees.

prairie pothole New Opportunity for Iowa Prairie Pothole Region Farmers
May, 2020

Row crop farmers in Iowa’s Prairie Pothole Region in northern Iowa have an opportunity through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive payments on cropped wetlands by protecting flood-prone areas. The NRCS is managing the new Prairie Pothole Water Quality and Wildlife Program.

meat case The Buy Local Movement for Beef
May, 2020

Regardless of the history, the recent closure of a number of large-scale meat processing facilities and the subsequent backlog of market-ready livestock caused virtually an immediate spike in the demand for locally processed beef.

organic corn field Organic Agriculture Production Concerns Amid COVID-19
May, 2020

Organic producers see an increase in demand for local sales.

barn on an ag property COVID-19 Resources
May, 2020

We've rounded up some COVID-19 related resources of note.