18th Annual Iowa Organic Conference

18th Annual Iowa Organic Conference

Memorial Union - University of Iowa (map)

Building Soils and Society: Assuring Sustainability through Organic Farming

November 18-19, 2018
University of Iowa Memorial Union
125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa

The Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program's 18th Annual Organic Conference will be held on the Sunday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 in the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa.


Conference registration : Click here to register

Early Registration:$100 and late registration (after Nov. 11): $120

  Click here for the full conference brochure

Click here for the full conference brochure

Home Based Food Operators: Regulations & Food Safety

Home Based Food Operators: Regulations & Food Safety

NICC Peosta Campus (map)

Workshop Topics

 Review of Iowa Policies and Regulations

 Food Safety Basics, Foodborne Pathogens

 Safe Practices: In the kitchen, during food preparation, and at point of sale

Interested participants may include home bakers, exempted home food operators, and farmers market managers.

Registration fee is $25. Maximum of 30 per location. Workshop supplies provided.

Click here to register

For more info, contact Dr. Shannon Coleman, scoleman@iastate.edu (515)294-9011



Des Moines County Extension & Outreach (map)

This workshop addresses the market development risks and relationships farmers and ranchers must manage as they scale up to market their product to restaurants, grocery stores, food service buyers, and schools. Topics include:


• Communications and relationship building

• Packaging

• Labels

• Supply/delivery

• Post-harvest handling for produce

• Grading

• Insurance

• Regulatory

• Marketing

Cost: $20 per person, $35 per couple or two employees from same farm. Pre-registration is required. Fees include training materials, light lunch, and refreshments. To register, visit https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_82ZFiKbwIh5kUdv

Please register by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

Questions? Contact Emily Coll at (515) 294-3086 or ecoll@iastate.edu

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

great prairie aea (map)

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, https://www.safeproduce.cals.iastate.edu/events and click on the preferred training. To register and pay by check, email Iowafsma@iastate.edu 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.