Iowans who make and sell foods out of their homes or sell produce at farmers markets need to follow state laws that regulate these practices. The Home-based Food Operators Regulations and Food Safety Course now is available online 24/7 from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
As Iowa's agricultural economy becomes increasingly focused on local products, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Local Foods team has resources for both producers and consumers who are looking to get involved in local markets.
Livestock producers can find cyclical commodity markets frustrating, particularly if they only have a few head to market each year. Marketing your meat directly to consumers can often be a profitable solution.