Morel Mushroom Certification

Morel Mushroom Certification

Iowa State University (map)

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer three hours classed for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa. The workshop is held every year during spring on the Iowa State campus.

To legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying morels and false morels. People can be poisoned by eating mushrooms that are misidentified as morels. By the end of the workshops, participants will recognize true morels from false morels.

Iowans who have not certified in the last three years must re-certify this year. Registration is open to out-of-state individuals but keep in mind local certification may be available in your home state.

Training for 2018 are scheduled for the following dates (Choose one of the three training dates):

  • Saturday, April 7, 1:00* p.m. - 4:00 p.m.      
  • Saturday, April 14, 1:00* p.m. - 4:00 p.m
  • Saturday, April 21, 1:00* p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • *Please arrive by 12:45 for checking as class starts promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Registration  - Make sure to save your seat, register online at Once on the page click on new user sign up. Registration cost is $50 per person.  If you are experiencing difficulty with the online process, please contact Registration Services at 515-294-6222 for assistance. Registration deadline is March 30, 2018. 

Payment contact information: or  515-294-6222

Workshop location - Room 210, Bessey Hall, 2200 Osborn Dr, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011

Parking - Free parking is available near the in Lot #41 on the east side of Wallace Road. A campus map is available at:

Questions about this certification - contact us: or 515-294-0581


Vegetable Pest Management Workshops

Vegetable Pest Management Workshops

Johnson County Extension (map)

AMES, Iowa – Two workshops will be held to help growers, local foods coordinators, extension staff, county horticulturists and industry representatives learn to manage common insect and disease challenges in vegetable production in Iowa.

Topics to be covered include pest and disease management in vegetable production, weed management and how to correct nutrient deficiencies in vegetable crops. To make things interesting, there will be live plant samples with disease symptoms and disorders. Participants would be encouraged to take a small quiz to identify those diseases and disorders. The workshops are supported by a professional development grant by USDA North Central Sustainable Research and Education. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to better protect their vegetable crops from both harmful diseases and insect pests, allowing them to have the best chance to remain profitable and sustainable.

Following are the workshop dates and venues:
1. April 26 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Johnson County office in Iowa City,
2. April 27 at the NICC Dairy Center in Calmar, IA.

Workshop will be led by Drs. Nair; Laura Iles, director of the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic; Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, plant pathology diagnostician with the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic; and Patrick O’Malley, commercial horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

Online registration is required as space is limited. Provide information below to register. Registration must be completed by April 20, 2018. There is no cost for the workshop and lunch will be provided. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the workshop, with training beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Click here for registration page

Growing & Cooking With Fresh Herbs

Growing & Cooking With Fresh Herbs

Fellowship Cup (map)

Morgan Hoenig, Local Foods Coordinator from Iowa State Extension and Outreach, will  lead this workshop where you can learn:

  • how to grow herbs indoors and outdoors
  • how to use fresh herbs in your cooking
  • and how to preserve the herbs that you've grown

Samples of herbs and dishes including fresh herbs will be available for tasting too.

High Tunnel Field Day

High Tunnel Field Day

The Homestead 1839 (map)

A High Tunnel, commonly called a “hoop house,” is an increasingly popular conservation practice for farmers, and is available with financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  With a high tunnel you can extend your growing season, improve soil quality and reduce energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce.

This workshop is free and open to anyone. Join us for this field day to learn about:

· The NRCS EQUIP Cost Share Program and how to apply

· Selecting and Building a High Tunnel

· Growing food and extending your season in a High Tunnel

Field Day Location:  The Homestead 1839. 703 W. Agency, West Burlington, IA

Contacts:  Drew DeLang—NRCS Louisa County   (319) 523-6411

Morgan Hoenig—ISU Extension Des Moines County   (319) 671-7165