About Us


Mission Statement
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Value Added Ag Program provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related or rural businesses in Iowa. Whether it’s a new start-up, or an established business wanting to expand, the VAAP works directly with the owners of the business. The Value Added Ag Program has been key in helping move Iowa farmers forward with bigger gains and better returns. It’s not just a job. It’s your life. Let us make it a little easier.

What is Value-added Agriculture?
Value-added Agriculture are products that are grown for a specific purpose or market. Proving value can be in the form of marketing a unique product, filing a market niche, simplifying the supply chain, providing a service, lowering costs, and many other ways. The more value that is provided the more return can be extracted from the marketplace. Visit the AgMRC website for additional information about Value Added Agriculture.

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (Ag MRC)
Visit Iowa Farms
Iowa Market Maker
Small Farms Sustainability
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)