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A Year of Food Safety Messages
Monthly food safety reminders are provided in this add-your-own dates calendar poster series intended for use by food service managers.
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Checklist for Operators of Swimming Pools in Lodging Operations
Use this checklist to assess pool and spa safety policies, swimming pool cleaning and water quality procedures, and spa procedures.
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Food Allergies It's a Matter of Life or Death Know Before You Serve
Use this poster to outline tips about food allergies for food service staff.
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Food Stand Operations -- What You Need to Know -- Safe Food
Selling a variety of food and beverages can be an effective fundraising activity, but only if no one gets sick. Find out what organizers and workers need to know before the event regarding regulations
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Glove Use in Retail Foodservice Establishments -- What Managers Need to Know
Provides guidelines for using five types of gloves in a retail foodservice operation. Also includes teaching tips and an outline for a 30-minute in-service for staff.
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Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant
This guide offers insights and formulas for planning the layout of a small-scale locker-type red-meat processing plant. Two model designs are presented and were created by an experienced meat plant co
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Heartland Family Child Care Handbook
This book, previously called the Iowa Family Child Care Handbook, has been updated. It includes expanded information on toys, books, equipment, and how to organize your home and your day for family c
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I'm Gloving It!
Learn the basics of proper glove use in foodservice establishments.
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Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers
This directory lists 75 Iowa farms that operate Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprises, with contact information, website links, available produce and distribution range shown for each farm
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Iowa Meat Processors' Resource Guidebook
A Guide to Building, Upgrading or Expanding a Small Meat Processing Facility in Iowa.
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Local Food Connections -- Contracting with Foodservices
Using a Web-based calculator can help producers decide whether contracting with foodservice operators is a financially sound solution.
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Local Food Connections -- Economic Impact of Use in Restaurants
Results presented of a recent exploratory study of restaurants' use of local foods. Designed to help producers understand their potential markets.
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Local Food Connections -- Foodservice Considerations
Details on how a foodservice operation can start purchasing local foods.
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Local Food Connections -- From Farms to Restaurants
Learn how connecting restaurant managers and chefs with local growers and producers can benefit both parties.
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Local Food Systems for Iowa -- Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and community members working together to create a local food system. Learn about CSA’s history, how CSA works, and CSA’s effect
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Manual Heartland para el Cuidado Familiar de Niños
This book, previously called the Iowa Family Child Care Handbook, has been updated. It includes expanded information on toys, books, equipment, and how to organize your home and your day for family ch
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Remodeling Community or Church Kitchens
Explains the six steps to follow for a successful remodeling of a community or church kitchen. Includes photos, sample floor plans, and resources.
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SafeFood© Checklist for Complimentary Breakfast Service
Intended for businesses that offer complimentary breakfast service; questions will help managers evaluate their procedures and staff training related to safe food handling.
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Small Meat Processor Business Planning Guide
This guidebook walks you through creating a business plan for a small meat processing facility. It uses a real business plan as an example. Use this guidebook to clearly state your business goals,
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Starting a Bed and Breakfast in Iowa? -- Know the laws that apply
If you’ve thought about opening your own bed and breakfast in Iowa, read this publication first. Information on types of B&Bs, food service rules, fire inspections, and hotel taxes.
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Starting a Home-Based Food Business in Iowa
Find the information you need to sell food products from your home. Includes Iowa licensing and inspection requirements. Also includes contact information for additional help. Full color, 4 page broch
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Value Added Agriculture Program -- Providing Leadership in Producer-run, Value-Added Agriculture Activities
This publication discusses the Value-added Agriculture Program and its activities, explains its purposes, and provides necessary resources.
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