Transitioning to Organic Course

Transitioning to Organic Course

The “Transitioning to Organic Agriculture” course every Tuesday night (6 to 9 PM) starting January 15 to May 7, 2019. Course instructors include Kathleen Delate and Craig Chase, along with organic producers and marketers. The course will be broadcast through Zoom™ from the Brenton Center on the ISU campus, so anyone may take the course from their home computer (provided they have adequate bandwidth).
The course is also offered on campus/on-line for 3 credits (undergraduate or graduate) as AGRON 484/584, which may be of interest to Extension staff and other ag. professionals looking for college credits. In the past, we have had Extension staff taking it for either 3 credits or for a certificate of completion.

We are asking a fee of $50 for the 16-week course to help off-set technology costs. 

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Class held in evenings to allow for farmer participation

On-line Extension clientele, please contact me at


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Hands-on GAP Food Safety Plan Workshop

Hands-on GAP Food Safety Plan Workshop

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Is USDA GAP certification one of the goals for your farm for 2019? Maybe you just want to take the first step and get a food safety plan created for your farm? If so – keep reading.

Teresa Wiemerslage, from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, will provide two hands-on workshops in eastern Iowa where farms will create a customized food safety plan for their farm. Templates and sample logs (complete with FSMA language) will be provided.

These are work sessions. Farmers should bring a laptop. Participants will leave with a draft of their farm safety plan. Cost is $25 per farm.

Feb 14, 1-4 pm, Delaware County Extension, Manchester

Feb 26, 1-4 pm, Linn County Extension, Cedar Rapids

Additional workshops may be scheduled in central or western Iowa depending on interest. Please complete the webform.

 Click here to register.


Feel free to call or email Teresa for more information:

Teresa Wiemerslage | Local Foods & Value-Added Agriculture Program

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Field Specialist – North and Eastern Iowa Specializing in on-farm food safety, food hubs and farm to institution Phone: 563-794-0599


Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

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How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should make plans to attend an upcoming Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training course. This course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

• Introduction to Produce Safety
• Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
• Soil Amendments
• Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
• Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
• Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
• How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To register and pay with a credit card, go to the Safe Produce website, and click on the preferred training. To register and pay by check, email or call 515-294-6773, and a paper registration form will be sent to you.

Iowa State Extension and Outreach faculty and specialists will lead the class. 

Tri-State Local Producer Conference

Tri-State Local Producer Conference

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Is marketing and business planning part of your new year's resolution? 

Then, save the date for the Tri-State local producer conference!

Topics to include: 
🌱Generational Buying Trends
🌱Farm Marketing on Social Media
🌱Adding New Crops on Your Farm
🌱Customer Service in the Digital Age

Registration coming soon!

For Updates, follow Dubuque County Extension & Outreach’s facebook page.