Signature Programs



The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) is a national virtual resource center for value-added agricultural groups. The purpose and mission of the AgMRC is to provide producers, processors and service providers with critical information to build successful value-added agricultural enterprises. 

MarketMaker is a national network of states that connect farmers and fishermen with food retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and consumers. It is an ever-growing partnership of Land Grant Universities, Departments of Agriculture, and food and agricultural organizations investing in a coordinated effort to build a virtual infrastructure that brings healthier, fresher, and more flavorful food to the average consumer.


Annie's Project is an educational program empowering women farmers and ranchers with the skills and knowledge they need to help make their operations successful.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Iowa by providing research-based educational programs that expand agricultural enterprise, improve natural resource management, and support the community of women in agriculture. 

Through courses, peer groups, online networks and special events, we encourage women in agriculture to increase their knowledge and take important actions towards improving their lives and enhancing Iowa agriculture.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program in Small Farm Sustainability exists to open the door to relationships and resources relevant to the pursuit of sustainability for Iowa’s smaller-scale, entrepreneurial farm enterprises. By sharing science-based information, providing program leadership, and facilitating collaboration, we will promote planning and profit potential in specialty ag ventures that tend to increase stewardship, diversity, and resilience on the Iowa farmscape.


Visit Iowa Farms logoThe Value Added Ag Program established the Iowa Agritourism Working Group for state agencies to work cooperatively in educating Iowans on agritourism and providing resources to agritourism produces.



The SARE grants and education program works to advance agricultural innovation that promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities. 


The Beginning Farmer Center works to link beginning farmers with farmers desiring to transition their farms to the next generation. They provide programs and services that develop skills and knowledge in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, technical production and management, leadership, sustainable agriculture, human health and the environment


The first Iowans called for a new kind of college-one based on science and open to all. With the Land Grant Legacy project, Iowa is the first state to identify the land generated funds for the Iowa Agricultural College beginning in 1862, share the stories of the land and the people on the land.