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Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide
Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.
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A Model for Community Change
Why do some communities succeed and others struggle? Why does one community enjoy a robust local economy and just a few miles down the road another community is resigned to stagnation and decline?
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Climate, Weather and Strawberries
Emerging and unknown risks associated with increasingly variable local and regional weather are reverberating throughout U.S. agriculture. Strawberries are biennial crops that are highly sensitive to
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Iowa Food Hub Meat-to-School Series Part A: Sourcing Meat for Schools in Northeast Iowa
Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Nort
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Iowa Food Hub Meat-to-School Series Part B: Pork-to-School in Northeast Iowa
Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Nort
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Iowa Food Hub Meat-to-School Series Part C: Beef-to-School in Northeast Iowa
Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Nort
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Local Food Coordinators Survey and Learning Circle Reports
In Iowa, more than 20 regional entities employ individuals as local food coordinators who promote the sale and purchase of locally grown food, provide regional capacity-building in local food systems
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Top 13 vegetables to donate to food pantries
Many gardeners produce excess vegetables during the growing season. Some preserve their surplus vegetables for later use, while others give friends and neighbors the extras. Another option for using t
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Determining Factors for Local Food Systems Success
Determining Factors for Local Food System Success analyzes the characteristics of factors that enable and hinder local food systems development within communities. Based on in-depth case studies of si
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Commercial Production of Pak Choi
Pak choi is a cool-season vegetable that belongs to the cabbage and cauliflower family. It is also known as bok choi, or pak choy. It originated in China and has been cultivated for thousands of years
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Cafeteria Coaching Toolkit
Cafeteria coaching is a cafeteria-based program that uses middle school and high school students along with school nutrition staff and cafeteria staff to encourage kids to try new foods and eat nutrit
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Tools to Evaluate Your Coalition
Building strong coalitions and partnerships are essential to the success of an organization. A series of four publications by the Iowa State Extension and Outreach Local Foods team introduces the impo
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Insect Pests of Stored Foods
Opening the flour container to find beetles crawling around the top is never a pleasant experience, but there is no need to panic. The most common pests we find in our kitchen and pantries and what we
Local Food Organizational Toolkit - Part 3: Funding your local food organization
Part Three of this toolkit series lays out methods of funding a local foods organization. A variety of revenue sources are outlined, each depending on the legal structure of your organization. Discuss
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Local Food Organizational Toolkit - Part 1: Defining your organization’s focus and leadership
Individuals and groups rising up to meet the demand for local foods can gain practical help and insight for setting up their own local foods group, or gain ideas to improve the operation of their curr
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Local Food Organizational Toolkit - Part 2: Organizational structure
Part Two of this toolkit series raises key questions to consider while forming your business or organization. Descriptions of nonprofit, for-profit and cooperative models will help you determine which
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Iowa's Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment
Iowa's Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment provides a history of the statewide development of the community college system, through a focus on the individual coll
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Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit
The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Booklet is a resource for communities to learn about Agricultural Urbanism and the tactics used to develop local food systems. It can be used as a full book or portio
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Iowa Food Hub: Managing Cash Flow for a Low-Capital Food Hub Start-up
For food hubs, or businesses that aggregate and distribute local food, limited funds can be a barrier to growth. If food hub managers pay close attention to cash flow, however, they can grow their bus
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Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community
Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community provides local government officials, community activists, and others with seven steps to help organize and promote the development of a local
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2015 Driftless Region Beef Conference proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partner to offer the third annual Driftless Region Beef Conference. The 2015 program focused on sustainability of the beef industry,
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Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 - Familias Fuertes
A Spanish adaptation/translation of SFP 10-14 sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization. Includes videos in a 9 DVD set and a CD containing pdf files of the manual and masters for local printi
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Local Food Coordinators
Local Food Coordinators support the development of local food systems by bringing participants together and increasing community awareness through educational and promotional marketing. This publicati
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Family Storyteller Flyer - Spanish
One-page flyer in Spanish for those promoting the Family Storyteller program. Available as an editable pdf, this flyer can be personalized to include local program information.
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Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living Curriculum
Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living is designed for youth gardening programs, community neighborhood gardens, farm to school programs, Ag in the Classroom and Master Gardening projec
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Fire Risk in Corn Stover Storage
Know the fire risks when stacking bales of corn stover. Gives insight into storage location and design, and ways to navigate local fire codes and safety regulations. Includes best practices for siting
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Transporting Biomass on Iowa Roadways
Several Iowa laws govern the commercial hauling of corn stover and other biomass feedstocks. This publication details the legal requirements, hauling configurations, local dimension restrictions, and
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Family Storyteller Flyer
One-page flyer for those promoting the Family Storyteller program. Available as an editable pdf, this flyer can be personalized to include local program information.
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Food Pantry Produce Donations - Grower Information
Donations from local fruit and vegetable growers are important to food pantries. This publication provides information to growers about safe on-farm food practices and information to food pantry worke
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: The Role of Farm Families in Local Community Philanthropy
This publication provides a summary of Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll research results on the role of farm families in local community philanthropy.
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Seasoning Savvy
Using herbs and spices is a great way to enhance the flavor of your favorite dishes. This fact sheet answers questions about drying herbs, keeping spices fresh, and knowing which herbs and spices to t
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Edible Flowers
Edible flowers are a popular way to add color, texture, scent, and flavor to foods. Included is a list of some edible flowers, their culture, and suggested uses.
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Gardening in Iowa Zones
Zone maps are a gardener’s best tool for selecting plants that will do well in local gardens.  This publication includes information about and how to use the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the
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Folate Facts
Learn why folate (a general term for various forms of the B vitamin) is important in your diet and what foods are high in folate.
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Whole Grains
Including whole grains in your diet provides many health benefits, including reducing your risk for diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. The information in this publication will help you under
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When the Home Freezer Stops
Find tips for handling food when your home freezer stops. Includes tips on which foods are safe to refreeze and which foods are not.
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MyPlate Lunch Bag Ideas
Find great menu ideas to pack your child's lunch bag with MyPlate healthy foods. You'll find kid-friendly foods for fruits, veggies, protein, grains, and dairy. Also, find preparation and packing tips
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What's for Lunch? It's in the Bag
Gain ideas and know how for packing healthy lunches your child will want to eat. Contains tips for preparing and packing food safely as well as menu tips for lunch bag meals. Also includes research da
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Spend Smart. Eat Smart. -- Protein
Check your dollar-saving skills for buying protein foods and use these strategies to get the most from your budget.
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Snacks for Healthy Kids
Replace high fat, high sugar "junk" foods with yummy snacks that satisfy kids and provide good nutrition for growing bodies. Kids are experts at snacking. Create snack stations and let kids choose fro
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Certification for Municipal Professionals brochure
This brochure describes programs offered by the ISU Extension Office of State and Local Government Programs for certification of appointed city officials, including city clerks, administrators, and fi
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Local Food Connections -- Restaurants' Return on Purchasing Locally Sourced Foods
What's a restaurant's return on using local foods? Learn about trial results that show people are willing to pay more for locally sourced foods when offered at restaurants.
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Dare to Excel newsletter - November
Help your child get the nutrition needed to stay focused in school, perform better, and get along better with others. Includes tips to encourage kids to try new foods, eat a better breakfast, and eat
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Checklist for Retail Purchasing of Local Produce
Provides a list of specific questions for retail foodservice buyers to ask growers of fresh produce.
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Just in Time Parenting Display - English
2-poster set designed to promote Just in Time Parenting resources. Poster set is available in a high resolution, print-ready PDF for download and local printing. Each poster can be printed 18&qu
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What is a Nutrition Profile?
Many grocery stores are trying to simplify food shopping by giving foods a rating or score. This brochure describes several types of food profiling systems and how they can help you make decisions whe
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What Producers Should Know About Selling to Local Foodservice Markets
Farmers who want to sell their fresh produce will benefit from this checklist. It defines action steps to help protect their product, details to discuss with potential buyers, and suggestions for prom
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What Retail Foodservices Should Know When Purchasing Local Produce Directly from Farmers
Buying fruits and vegetables from local growers assures fresh product and helps the local economy. This publication provides insights needed to ensure the safety of food served, offers three action st
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School Wellness Policy Pointers
Provides resources for developing and maintaining local school wellness policy committees.
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Production Guide for Commercial Strawberries - Iowa Commercial Fruit Production Series
Provides tips to help evaluate local market potential plus guidelines for recommended cultural practices.
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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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Buying Local Foods for Retail Foodservices
Retail foodservice establishments who want to buy and serve food items from local producers will benefit from reviewing this summary of regulations and guidelines.
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The Bioeconomy in Iowa: Local Conversations
Report of citizen discussion groups held in spring 2007 in 96 Iowa counties regarding hopes and concerns about the bioeconomy. More than 950 participated in these Extension-facilitated meetings.
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Homebuyer Education eCourse: A Place of Your Own
An online course to help first-time homebuyers learn about the process of buying a home. The course is available anytime, anywhere from any computer with Internet access. At the end of five lessons, t
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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 -- Contracting with Foodservices
Using an online calculator can help producers decide whether contracting with foodservice operators is a financially sound solution.
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Food Safety For Baby & Me/La Seguridad Alimenticia Durante el Embarazo
Learn about food safety during pregnancy. This leaflet describes symptoms of foodborne illnesses and lists recommended cooking temperatures for meats. Risky foods also are listed along with suggestion
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Using Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Crops and Livestock in the Local Food System
The local food system is one of the fastest-growing markets in agriculture. Learn more about using organic agriculture and sustainable crops and livestock in local food systems.
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CD-DIAL Community Development Data Information and Analysis Laboratory
CD-DIAL is a training and technical assistance unit within Sociology Extension at ISU that works with communities, organizations, and state and local agencies to assist and build decision-making capa
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The Local Planning Commission: Roles and Responsibilities -- Land Use Series
Not all Iowa communities take advantage of their latent planning powers. Learn how the land-use planning process can provide orderly development.
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New Leadership Challenges for Local Government
Mid-sized cities and small towns are experiencing the fast pace and changes brought by new technologies and globalization. Find out how local government can respond.
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The Impact of Immigration on Small- to Mid-Sized Iowa Communities -- A Citizens' Guide for Change
Case studies of the impacts of immigration on the following Iowa communities: Columbus Junction, Lenox, Perry, and Marshalltown. Topics include housing, schools, social issues, health, language, merch
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Resident-led Watershed Management
Resident-led watershed groups can voluntarily work together to develop local policies and practices that protect the health of their waters. Learn to organize local farmers, businesses, natural resour
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Administrative Rules for Boards of Adjustment - An Example
This publication is included in the Planning and Zoning Notebook. It provides an example of rules that might be adopted by a local board of adjustment.
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Planning and Zoning Commission - Its Role and an Example of Administrative Rules
The planning and zoning commission is appointed by the legislative body and has three basic advisory responsibilities on matters affecting local zoning. This publication describes these responsibilit
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Reciprocity No. 4 - Attracting Customers to Towns
Read about how consumers in three communities differed in their reciprocity attitudes; moral, social, and economic motivation; satisfaction with local retailers; intention to shop locally; and communi
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Morels, False Morels and Other Cup Fungi
Learn about local morels and fungi. Includes many pictures to help you identify morels. Also has info on safe use of fungi as food.
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Produce Handling for Direct Marketing
For growers selling seasonal produce at local or roadside markets. This illustrated, two-color manual describes: Postharvest physiology. Food safety. Produce handling from harvest to storage. Refr
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