Iowa Market Ready

Iowa Market Ready Training

The Market Ready Program provides producers, farmers, and whole sale buyers with skills and knowledge needed in making sound decisions about diversifying operations into wholesale, retail, and institutional market outlets. Provides training that focuses on better marketing practices when dealing with these market outlets: communications and relationship building, regulations, packaging/labeling, grading, pricing, logistics, and more. 

Market Ready Workshops:
Iowa State University Extension & Outreach - Agriculture and Natural Resources will be offering Market Ready Program workshops. The workshops are one day running from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the following dates and locations: 

November 27, 2018 - ISU Extension & Outreach Jasper County office, 555 N. 2nd Ave. W, Newton, IA (Register by 4 p.m. Friday November, 23, 2018)

December 4, 2018 - ISU Extension & Outreach Des Moines County office, 1700 W Mt. Pleasant St., West Burlington, IA (Register by 4 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018) 

December 11, 2018 - Midtown Family Community Center, 525 14th St., Sioux City, IA (Register by 4 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2018) 

If you are interested in participating in a Market Ready Workshop or would like more information, please go to the following link: Market Ready Registration. Be sure to register by the deadlines listed above! Cost is $20 per person, or $35 per couple (or farming partner). Payment via check will be accepted two days prior to the event date. If the check is not received two days prior, attendance will not be permitted. Lunch and materials will be provided. 

Please feel free to contact Emily Coll with any questions. 

Emily Coll
Local Foods Program Assistant
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Agriculture and Natural Resources
(515) 296-0586

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High Tunnel Information

Budgets are available for high tunnel vegetable production. Information is based on detailed production records of five farmers growing crops such as bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, lettuce and tomatoes. Vegetable production budgets for a high tunnel.
High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Production Manual
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Introduction to High Tunnels eCourse
A self-directed, online course covering all aspects of constructing, owning and operating a high tunnel. Throughout the course, you will learn how to properly select a site location, test your soils, determine what crops to grow in your high tunnel and resources to help in the process. Each section of the course includes a worksheet for feedback from the course coordinators to your own operation. Click here to take the course.