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Safe Home Canning Steps
Steps to follow before, during, and after home food preservation projects.
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Produce Safety on Fresh Produce Farms
Fact sheets for growers of fresh produce focused on managing food safety risks as regulated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR).

Complementary videos are available on the Produce Safety Playlist.
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Agricultural Water Standards and Quality (Production Water)
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Agricultural Water Quality Parameters (Postharvest Water)
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Agricultural Water Testing (Sample Collection and Procedures)
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Best Practices for Pest Management at Produce Farms
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How to Clean and Sanitize Inside Walk-in Cooler
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Virtual Local Food Leader 101 Certification (Workshop Only)
The Local Food Leader Certification teaches foundational competencies critical for successful food systems development, including equity in food systems, working in food systems, facilitation and coordination, evaluation and professional development. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion in Local Food Leader.

This is a 4 month course with approximately 12 hours of workshop delivery.
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Healthy Food Pantry Donation Guide
Tips on what to donate to a food pantry and instructions on how to lead a healthy food pantry drive.

Available in English and Spanish.
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Evaluating Marketing Outlets
This publication will outline three methods that may be used to determine costs associated with selling farm products: using individual product budgets, using whole-farm records, and using partial budgets.
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Glowing Germs -- On the Go Lesson
The health of your animals is very important. Whether on the farm or at a show, you should be mindful of diseases that could make your animal very sick. But what about the diseases that can make your animal sick and can also make you sick? In this activity, you will see how easily germs can spread between you and your animal.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Biosecurity Charades -- On the Go Lesson
The health of your animals is very important. Whether on the farm or at a show, you should be mindful of the actions you take to keep your animal healthy. This charades activity is a great way for you to model the steps you should be taking when you are around your animals!

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Virtual Local Food Leader 201 Certification
This certification is an integrated program of online workshops and Local Food Leader online modules. This certification program is delivered over four months. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion in Local Food Leader.

The Local Food Leader Certification teaches foundational competencies critical for successful food systems development through integrated virtual workshops and four online modules, including equity in food systems, working in food systems, facilitation and coordination, evaluation and professional development. The online modules offer intensive curriculum including community food systems overview, methods of engagement and leadership, creating teams and tools for success, and evaluation.

This is a 6 month course with approximately 12 workshop hours and 40 online module hours.
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Virtual Community Food Systems Assessor Certification
This certification is an integrated program of online workshops and Community Food System Assessor online modules. This certification program is delivered over four months. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion in Community Food Systems Assessor Certification.

The Community Food Systems Assessor Certification is a process-based certification that increases capacity for food systems practitioners to work within community and develop food systems. The virtual workshops are centered around activities and networking with colleagues to learn the assessor components of the Community Food Systems process within Phase 1 and technical assistance related to research and mapping; including community food systems assessments, snapshots, and research manuals, as well as developing maps for decision making.

This is a 4 month course with approximately 10 workshop hours and 45 online module hours.
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Non-food Alternatives for School Rewards and Fundraising
Some food items used for student rewards and school fundraising activities send a conflicting message compared to what is taught about healthy food choices. Check this list of ideas for non-food rewards for elementary, middle, and high school students. More than 50 non-food fundraising ideas also are given.
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Reducing Food Waste in Agricultural Settings
One of the best ways to prevent food waste is through donation. The surplus of food produced in the United States, if better utilized, could reach those who are food insecure. Farmers and food donation organizations can work together to end hunger.
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Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa: A Guidebook for Reducing Local Regulatory Barriers to Local Foods
The popularity of local foods has increased significantly in the last few decades, pushed along in recent years by a heightened interest of consumers in buying local and sustainably-grown foods. Municipalities are increasingly recognizing the multiple benefits of urban agriculture. As the urban agriculture movement has advanced, many have recognized the role that local government policies and regulations play in either stifling or facilitating the production, processing and distribution of local foods.

This guidebook focuses on the intersection of local foods and municipal zoning. It is written to provide Iowa city officials information and sample code language for reducing the barriers to, and/or encouraging some of the most common production and sales activities associated with urban agriculture.
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Helping Create Readiness and Relationships to Increase Local Procurement in Iowa's Schools
Through a USDA grant, the Local Foods Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach worked to explore barriers restricting local food access in schools across Iowa and to provide guidance, partnership, technical assistance, support and incentives to educate schools to find solutions. This publication summarizes the results of the initiative.
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Marketing Hometown America
  • What makes your community unique, healthy, and alive?
  • Is your community ready to create your vision to grow?
  • Are you excited about recruiting new residents?
  • Does your community need a focused marketing plan?
If YES, your community is ready to take ACTION!

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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.

Previously known as PM 1938.
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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 northeast 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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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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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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A Manager's Guide to Food Hub Finances - How to Evaluate and Improve Your Food Hub Operations
The purpose of this PDF guide (LF-0015A) is to explore how food hubs can use their own financial data to identify and address the strengths and challenges in their operation. Relying on data that most food hubs already have available in their financial records, we show how financial metrics can be used by managers to identify problems and risks and make decisions.

The accompanying Excel spreadsheet (LF-0015B) provides an additional tool to calculate and interpret key metrics from a food hub's operation.
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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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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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Food Safety Tips for Food Event Volunteers
Foodborne illness outbreaks can happen anywhere and can affect a large number of people. Follow these tips to avoid a foodborne illness outbreak.
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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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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 business using the income generated by the business itself, and reduce the need for grants or loans in the start-up phase.

This publication explains the idea of cash flow and how food hub managers can use it to their advantage, drawing on the real-world experiences of Iowa Food Hub.

See more at: www.leopold.iastate.edu/marketing/food-hubs.
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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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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 and food safety.
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Safe Food Is YOUR Job - Health and Hygiene Tips for Food Handlers
Outlines three actions for food handlers to take related to hand washing, staying home when sick, and wearing proper work attire.
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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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The Role of Farm Families in Local Community Philanthropy - Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll
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?

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program. Additional information on this program is available on the Connecting Learning and Living webpage.
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Smart Growth and Local Food Systems - Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies
This is the third of four bulletins that discuss the findings of a local food system research project, Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies, funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

This bulletin presents the context and options for addressing smart growth practices, and their impacts on agriculture in and near city limits through local plans, policies and land use regulations.
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Local Food Systems and Economic Development - Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies
This is the second of four bulletins that discuss the findings of a local food system research project, Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies, funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

This bulletin presents the context and options for addressing the lack of recognition of local food systems as an economic development opportunity.
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Introduction and Overview - Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies
This is the first of four bulletins that discuss the findings of a local food system research project, Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies, funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

This bulletin provides an overview of the project and three subsequent bulletins provide details on the substantive findings of the project.
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The Intersection of Local Food Systems and the Agricultural Exemption to Iowa County Zoning - Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies
This is the second of four bulletins that discuss the findings of a local food system research project, Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies, funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

This bulletin presents the context and options for addressing, defining, and administering the agricultural exemption to county zoning found in Iowa Code 335.2.
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Maintaining Food Safety Through Quality
Food safety is a worldwide issue affecting millions of people who suffer from diseases caused by contaminated food. Policy makers are looking to enhanced quality management systems for tracing food back to its source. This report will give producers, researchers and consumers a summary of efforts by Iowa State University Extension in food safety, quality management systems and traceability of grain and livestock products.
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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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