Food Safety

Farmers' Market Food Safety Training - FREE online training! http://www.safeproduce.cals.iastate.edu/training/

Food Safety Information - from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsafety/

Post Harvest Handling Decision Toolhttp://www.extension.iastate.edu/valueaddedag/post-harvest-handling-decision-tool

Vegetable Wash Station Designs - https://www.leopold.iastate.edu/cool_tools/wash_stations

FAQ on Food Regulations for Small Market Food Producers - http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/leopold_pubspapers/111/

Iowa Food Marketing Regulations Guide - from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and the Leopold Center     http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1076&context=leopold_pubspapers

https://www.idalsdata.org/fmnp/index.cfm

 

Farm Planning & Production

A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers - from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture                       http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=extension_pubs

Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Production Budgets- a tool to help you estimate the cost and returns to produce a product      Overview Article   -  Editable Production Budgets in Excel Format

IowaProduce - Iowa State University Extension  - newletter, events, resources on crops and pests. http://www.iowaproduce.org/

Sustainable Vegetable Production - Iowa State University Extension - research reports and publications  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/

 Commodities & Production: Agricultural Marketing Resource Center - overview of a variety of value-added and local food products and their markets.  http://www.agmrc.org/commodities-products/

Market Maker: Market Intelligence Tool - interactive map where you can search markets, populations, and other producers in our state. https://ia.foodmarketmaker.com/main/market_research

Vegetable Production handouts - UW Extension - data collected from various vegetable farmers on their specific crop production strategies.  Info on varieties, field prep, crop maintenance, harvest and yields.  Carrots - Potatoes - Snap Beans - Lettuce Mix

USDA: Fruit and Vegetable Prices - estimated average prices for 156 commonly consumed fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/fruit-and-vegetable-prices/

Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic - a resource from Iowa State University.  Search through their database of insects, plants and plant diseases, or submit a sample for identification. http://www.ent.iastate.edu/pidc/

Managing Employees -  a listing of employee manual templates, considerations for managing employees, and more. http://www.practicalfarmers.org/blog/2013/09/26/employee-manual-templates-and-more/ 

 

Marketing 

Iowa Department of Agriculture - Information on accepting FMNP checks, Iowa sensitive crops directory, etc.     http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/hortichttp://www.eatfreshsei.org/find-local-food/ultureandFarmersMarket.asp

Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Market Planner - online tool showing the rates of demand for 80 Iowa-grown crops. http://www.intrans.iastate.edu/marketplanner/

Marketing Resources from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture - https://www.leopold.iastate.edu/marketing/resources

Local Food Directory Listings - Make sure your farm is listed properly in online farm directories!!  Iowa Dept. of Land & Stewardship  -  Local Harvest  - Practical Farmers of Iowa  - Eat Fresh Southeast Iowa - Iowa MarketMaker

 

High Tunnels & Hoop Buildings

Iowa High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Manual

Rainwater Catchment 

Vegetable Production Budgets for a High Tunnel

Hoop Structures for Livestock  - Beef  -  Swine  -  Other Livestock  

 

Webinars & online educational content

Practical Farmers of Iowa - Farminars - FREE online webinars on a variety of farming topics http://practicalfarmers.org/farmer-knowledge/farminar-archive/

Illinois Extension Local Foods Winter Webinar Series - FREE online webinars on a variety of local food production topics.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBvG-jopax3tPSCBXb6AgIQ