Farm Marketing webinar

Farm Marketing webinar

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A free farm marketing webinar on Thursday, October 25, from 3 to 4:30 CST. Our presenter will be Lucie Amundsen. Click Here to Register

Lucie is a writer, marketer, and reluctant farmer. She and her husband co-own Locally Laid Egg Company, a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs in northern Minnesota.

In this marketing workshop, we'll discuss

• how to fortify a brand
• Lucie's not-so-secret formula for creating "likable" content, and
• how to get your farm or other business a little ink in the press

Lucie is the author of the award-winning nonfiction book, Locally Laid. She writes about the family’s "pratfall into farming," and the stressed economics of Middle Agriculture.

This webinar is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number [ENC16-153]. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

Iowa High Tunnel Short Course

Iowa High Tunnel Short Course

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This short course is designed to highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops along with information on economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production. The course will also provide an update on the status of high tunnel research across the Midwest. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Lewis Jett. Dr. Jett is an Associate Professor and Vegetable Extension Specialist at West Virginia University and has many years of experience working on fruit and vegetable production in high tunnel systems. His work focuses on cultivar selection, crop and soil management, soil fertility, season extension, and improving profitability in high tunnel production. The short course will also host Mike Bollinger from River Root Farm, Decorah, IA as a speaker. Mike and Katie operate River Root Farm, which is a small-certified organic family farm and greenhouse operation in Decorah, Iowa. Mike has extensive experience working with high tunnel crops.


Registration is required by October 31, 2018. Please register here:


This event is supported by USDA North Central SARE Professional Development Program. Core objectives of this short course are to:

  • Highlight the importance of crop, environment, and soil management for vegetable production in high tunnels

  • Provide a platform to share resources, knowledge, and expertise in the area of high tunnel vegetable production

  • Connect growers, agricultural educators, extension staff, and industry personnel working in high tunnels and in the area of local foods. 


Tentative schedule:

8:30 am: Registration and coffee
9-10 am: Keynote speaker Lewis Jett, West Virginia University (Title: A Snapshot of Successful High Tunnel Production Systems)
10-10:45 am: Ajay Nair, Department of Horticulture, ISU (Title: High tunnel pepper production: Effect of cultivar and light)
10:45-11:45 am: Mike Bollinger, River Root Farm
11:45-12:30 pm: Lunch and networking
12:30-1:30 pm: Lewis Jett, West Virginia University (Profitable Winter Lettuce Production)
1:30-2:15 pm: Joe Hannan, ISU Extension and Outreach (Title: Season Extension Head Scratchers)
2:15-3:00 pm: Open forum (Lewis Jett, Mike Bollinger, Ajay Nair, and Joe Hannan)

18th Annual Iowa Organic Conference

18th Annual Iowa Organic Conference

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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

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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, (515)294-9011



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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

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

Questions? Contact Emily Coll at (515) 294-3086 or

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.