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Summary of Northeast Iowa Farm to School Processing Pilot, 2014-2015
A research project conducted in 2014-15 tested the benefits of a partnership between area school districts and the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative's (FFI) Iowa Food Hub - a non-profit food aggregator and distributor. This publication provides information on the project and discusses challenges faced and opportunities available in providing fresh, local foods to Iowa schools.
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Increasing the Capacity of a Local Food Hub to Service School District Nutrition Programs
By partnering with a food hub, a school district can significantly increase its local food purchases. This publication provides information from a pilot program used to grow farm to school purchases in northwest Iowa. The scope, design and implementation of the project are all covered in detail.
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Checklist for Retail Purchasing of Local Produce
This checklist is designed for buyers of food service operations to begin the conversation with small-scale local growers about good agricultural practices and food safety.

Replaces PM 2046A.
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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.

This replaces 4H 3023 - Inappropriate Food Exhibits For Iowa 4-H Fairs.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Low Acid or Fermented Foods
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling low acid or fermented foods. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Jams, Jellies, and Preserves
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling jams, jellies and preserves. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Fruit and Vegetable Juice
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling fruit and vegetable juice. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Cut Fruits and Vegetables
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling cut fruits and vegetables. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Whole Fruits and Vegetables
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling whole fruits and vegetables. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Honey and Maple Syrup
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling honey and maple syrup. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Red Meat
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling red meat. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Poultry
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling poultry. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Dairy
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling dairy products. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Seafood
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling seafood. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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Marketing Local Foods in Iowa - Eggs
As new agriculture entrepreneurs consider producing and marketing food products and current producers seek new markets, they need to conduct preliminary research to determine if there are rules, regulations, certifications, or licenses required for their product or selected market. This publication will help determine the requirements for processing and selling eggs. The included flowchart will guide Iowa producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.
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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 and help build local food value chains. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has begun a project to better understand the needs and challenges of local food coordinators, and to develop a program to better support both the coordinators and their supervisors. This report summarizes the project findings and outlines future plans for supporting local food coordinators across Iowa.
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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 six of the most successful local food systems in the US, researchers present proven tactics for success in each of seven factors, or "community capitals." By using this guidebook, local food systems developers can identify resources and mitigate challenges in their own communities.
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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 importance of coalitions and how evaluating those partnerships can be helpful. The series looks at how to develop coalitions, what to do when coalitions have been established and how to evaluate a mature coalition.

Each publication includes questions to ask to evaluate the health of the partnership at each stage of the relationship.
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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. Discussed in this publication: in-kind gifts, membership campaigns and fees, merchandise sales, events, sponsorships, crowdfunding, grants, investors and loans. Information on organizations that are tax deductible is included. Budgets and fundraising are emphasized. Resources and practical helps in this publication will help take your idea from concept to reality.
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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 current organization. Starting off in the right direction by defining your organization, identifying core values, a mission and strategic plans is the first step in this series. Finding champions and developing a coalition of others who are a natural fit to support your efforts is outlined, along with helpful ideas for organizing managers and employees. Resources and practical helps in this publication will help take your idea from concept to reality.
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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 legal structure is most suitable for your organization. A checklist for forming a new business or organization in Iowa is included. Resources and practical helps in this publication will help take your idea from concept to reality.
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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 healthy snacks.
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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 food system in your community.
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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 publication provides resources to groups and organizations who are developing a local foods coordinator position, complete with a position description.
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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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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 projects for grades 4-12. The curriculum is very adaptable to other ages as well.

The seven units address questions such as:
  • Why do people garden?
  • How do you plan, plant, maintain and harvest a garden?
  • How do you store and prepare garden produce?
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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 to keep foods at a safe temperature.
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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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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 promoting their farm.
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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 steps, and lists many additional resources.
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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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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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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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