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Public Awareness and Understanding of Gene Edited Foods in the US
In this publication, we examine current levels of awareness and understanding about GEFs, broken down by demographics, social attitudes, and information sources. Our purpose is to gauge public perceptions of this emerging food technology to inform policy discussions and educational efforts around GEFs. Our data comes from a nationally representative sample of 2,000 US residents surveyed in 2020, taken from YouGov’s National Omnibus Panel.
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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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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - 2020 Summary Report
The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is an annual survey of Iowa farmers. The survey project collects and disseminates information on issues of importance to farmers and agricultural stakeholders across Iowa and the Midwest. Except for 2019, the Farm Poll has been conducted every year since its establishment in 1982, and is the longest-running survey of its kind in the nation. The project is supported by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.
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Federal and State Regulations on Selling Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are low-acids foods (typically fruits and vegetables) subjected to the action of acid-producing microorganisms to reduce the pH of the food to 4.6 or below. Examples of fermented foods are sauerkraut, some pickles, kimchi, and kombucha.
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Federal and State Regulations on Selling Frozen and Dehydrated Foods
Freezing and dehydrating produce commodities, including fruits, vegetables, and nuts, are ways to increase the shelf life of the produce. Freezing can preserve freshness and quality.

Freezing does not kill bacteria on the product but it does prevent microbes from growing. Once a food is thawed, bacteria begin to grow and can spoil the produce, or if pathogenic (harmful), can cause foodborne illness. Be sure to store the fruit or vegetable at 0°F or below for the duration of its frozen life.
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Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy 2018-19 Annual Progress Report
This Annual Progress Report details the progress that has been made in the complex work of reducing the loads of nitrogen and phosphorus that Iowa exports into the Mississippi River. The report discusses the work that has been done in the six years of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and is a joint effort of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
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Enhancing Monarch Butterfly Conservation in Iowa
While the monarch butterfly is perhaps the most recognizable and iconic insect in North America, their population has declined 80% over the past two decades. This publication discusses a project undertaken by extension and research staff at Iowa State University to demonstrate conservation practices for incorporating monarch breeding habitat across the state of Iowa.
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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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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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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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Iowa 4-H Clover Kids Equation
4-H learning experiences are based on the principles and practices of positive youth development. The Iowa 4-H Positive Youth Development experience is outlined in the 4-H Equation. This version of the 4-H equation is specifically geared towards the Clover Kids age range, K-3rd grade.
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Iowa 4-H Equation
4-H learning experiences are based on the principles and practices of positive youth development. The Iowa 4-H Positive Youth Development experience is outlined in the 4-H Equation.

Available in English or Spanish

Previously known as 4H 127. 4H127 4H 0127
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Sheep Project Area Guide
In the sheep project area, you can learn about breeds, selection, grooming, production, management, showmanship, marketing, and careers in the sheep industry.
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Swine Project Area Guide
In the swine project area, you can learn about breeds, health care, production, management, showmanship, marketing, and careers in the swine industry.
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STEM-Lit to Go! Iowa
STEM-Lit to Go! is an innovative program that supports the development of STEM and literacy skills for K-3 youth.

This program utilizes a unique instructional framework that integrates inquiry-based STEM activities and carefully selected children's literature. Through a variety of engaging topics including coding, space, and ice cream. Children explore key STEM concepts such as the engineering design process and how to plan and conduct investigations.

Each lesson provides youth with a hands-on STEM experience and multiple opportunities to read, write, speak and listen about that experience. This exciting research-based program is designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.

STEM-Lit to Go! has been successfully implemented in both out-of-school time settings and in K-3 classrooms. This complete curriculum can be purchased in full or as individual lessons. Please review our Introduction and enjoy a complimentary lesson, A Chair for Bear, below.

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 STEM-Lit to Go! webpage.
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Lesson: Blast Off 
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Lesson: Code Across Iowa
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Lesson: Marvelous Marshmallows
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Lesson: Munching Mysteries
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Lesson: Scream for Ice Cream
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Lesson: Sound All Around
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Lesson: Tricky Towers
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Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy 2017-18 Annual Progress Report
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy celebrated its five-year anniversary in spring 2018. In those five years, the initiative has evolved considerably, adapting as new knowledge, understanding, and challenges arose.

This 2018 Annual Progress Report serves as the fifth overview of the progress that's been made in the complex work of reducing the loads of nitrogen and phosphorus that Iowa exports to the Mississippi River.
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Iowa Cow-calf Production - Exploring Different Management Systems
This publication is the culmination of an Iowa Beef Center project that was designed to identify costs, environmental impacts and best practices for Iowa cow-calf operations. The project looked into three types of production systems - traditional grazing, extensive grazing and limited or no grazing - with the goal of developing decision aids and educational tools to assist cow-calf producers across all production systems and improve sustainability of the cow-calf segment in Iowa.

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Introduction
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Chapter 1: Current State of the Beef Cow-calf Industry in Iowa
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Chapter 2: Beef Cow-calf Systems - Overview and Characteristics
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Chapter 3: Cost of Production of Alternative Systems
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Chapter 4: Feed Resources
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Chapter 5: Animal Health Management
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Chapter 6: Soil and Water Resources
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Chapter 7: Adding Value to the Cow Enterprise
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Chapter 8: Systems Best Management Practices, Advantages and Concerns
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Appendix A: Economic Comparison Results
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Appendix B: Standardized Prices
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Appendix C: Budgeting for Cow-calf Systems
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Appendix D: Confinement Buildings for Beef Cows – Design, Layout and Operation Considerations
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Master Gardener Men's Polo
The emphasis is on comfort in a traditionally styled sport polo; featuring the Iowa Master Gardener logo on the upper left chest.

• Pre-shrunk 100% combed ringspun cotton pique
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• Three wood-tone buttons on a clean-finished placket with a reinforced box
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Iowa Farmers and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy: Survey Results from the Missouri-Little Sioux Watershed
This report summarizes data on farmer awareness, attitudes, and soil and water conservation practice use related to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) in the Missouri-Little Sioux HUC6 watershed in northwest Iowa. The report will help interested stakeholders to track progress toward NRS goals on agricultural nutrient loss reduction and better understand related barriers and challenges.
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Cyclone Teachers Cardigan Wrap
Great top for that classroom that can be chilly at times! Dress it up dress or down, super versatile!

100% soft Supima Cotton. Supima yarn is exceptionally soft and luxurious, and gives the garment a graceful drape. Shawl style collar and tagless neck label for comfort. Asymmetrical front hem for a flattering appearance. Length extends to mid-hip. Double needle stitching for durability.

In an effort to proudly promote the Iowa State University Educator Preparation Program, assist pre-service teachers with financial needs, and support new teacher preparation initiatives, Iowa State University School of Education has established the 'Cyclone Teachers' line of apparel. As you may know, pre-service teachers often incur additional costs that are not covered by financial aid or scholarships. In purchasing from this line of apparel your contribution could be the difference in the life of a future teacher providing needed support that will ultimately lead to success in the profession and the students they will impact along the way. Be a proud supporter of CYCLONE TEACHERS!

Purchase of these items is not Tax Deductible.

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Cyclone Educators Shirt
Is it Casual Friday at School? Be dressed to impress with our Teachers. Educators. Cyclones. shirt that is proudly made in the USA.

Unisex essential fits like a well-loved favorite, featuring a crew neck, short sleeves and designed with superior Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton.

Features: Sideseamed. Unisex sizing. Shoulder taping.

In an effort to proudly promote the Iowa State University Educator Preparation Program, assist pre-service teachers with financial needs, and support new teacher preparation initiatives, Iowa State University School of Education has established the 'Cyclone Teachers' line of apparel. As you may know, pre-service teachers often incur additional costs that are not covered by financial aid or scholarships. In purchasing from this line of apparel your contribution could be the difference in the life of a future teacher providing needed support that will ultimately lead to success in the profession and the students they will impact along the way. Be a proud supporter of CYCLONE TEACHERS!

Purchase of these items is not Tax Deductible.

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Cyclone Teachers Performance Quarter Zip Pullover, Men's
Fall Recess Duty? Classroom not warm enough? Throw on one of these and escape the chill!

An extremely flexible layer with a soft-brushed backing and moisture control for year-round comfort. Made by Sport-Tek.
  • 90/10 poly/spandex jersey
  • Tag-free label
  • Smooth-faced
  • Chin guard for additional comfort
  • Cadet collar
  • Taped neck
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Open cuffs and hem
In an effort to proudly promote the Iowa State University Educator Preparation Program, assist pre-service teachers with financial needs, and support new teacher preparation initiatives, Iowa State University School of Education has established the 'Cyclone Teachers' line of apparel. As you may know, pre-service teachers often incur additional costs that are not covered by financial aid or scholarships. In purchasing from this line of apparel your contribution could be the difference in the life of a future teacher providing needed support that will ultimately lead to success in the profession and the students they will impact along the way. Be a proud supporter of CYCLONE TEACHERS!

Purchase of these items is not Tax Deductible.

Have too much Cyclone gear (is that possible?) or just want to make a small contribute to help out? Go straight to the ISU Foundation website. Donations made here ARE tax deductible donation! Thank you so much for your generosity! Cyclone Teachers
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Cyclone Teachers Performance Quarter Zip Pullover, Women's
Fall Recess Duty? Classroom not warm enough? Throw on one of these and escape the chill!

An extremely flexible layer with a soft-brushed backing and moisture control for year-round comfort. Made by Sport-Tek.
  • 90/10 poly/spandex
  • Tag-free label
  • Gently contoured silhouette
  • Smooth-faced
  • Chin guard for additional comfort
  • Cadet collar
  • Taped neck
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Thumbholes to keep hands warm
  • Hidden front pouch pocket
  • Open cuffs and hem
In an effort to proudly promote the Iowa State University Educator Preparation Program, assist pre-service teachers with financial needs, and support new teacher preparation initiatives, Iowa State University School of Education has established the 'Cyclone Teachers' line of apparel. As you may know, pre-service teachers often incur additional costs that are not covered by financial aid or scholarships. In purchasing from this line of apparel your contribution could be the difference in the life of a future teacher providing needed support that will ultimately lead to success in the profession and the students they will impact along the way. Be a proud supporter of CYCLONE TEACHERS!

Purchase of these items is not Tax Deductible.

Have too much Cyclone gear (is that possible?) or just want to make a small contribute to help out? Go straight to the ISU Foundation website. Donations made here ARE tax deductible donation! Thank you so much for your generosity! Cyclone Teachers
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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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Planning and Zoning - Iowa Smart Planning Principles - Iowa Code 18B.1
State agencies, local governments, and other public entities shall consider and may apply the principles included in this fact sheet during deliberation of all appropriate planning, zoning, development and resource management decisions. Note: Nothing in this section shall be construed to expand the eminent domain authority of a state agency, local government, or other public entity beyond that which is authorized under chapter 6A or 6B of the Iowa Code.

Planning and Zoning workshops are presented throughout the state of Iowa by Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach’s Local Governments team. Information on these workshops and other programs can be found at: www.extension.iastate.edu/communities/programs-and-services
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Planning and Zoning Roles and Responsibilities - Planning Commission
The planning commission primarily acts in an advisory capacity to the elected body. The commission studies issues, oversees the preparation of plans and ordinances, and reviews and advises on development proposals. The Iowa Code spells out two specific responsibilities for the planning commission related to the development and maintenance of the zoning ordinance.

This Fact Sheet addresses Iowa Code and other responsibilities:
  • Prepare the Zoning Ordinance – Iowa Code
  • Review and Recommend Zoning Amendments and Updates – Iowa Code
  • Other Zoning-related Responsibilities
  • Other Responsibilities

Planning and Zoning workshops are presented throughout the state of Iowa by Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach’s Local Governments team. Information on these workshops and other programs can be found at: www.extension.iastate.edu/communities/programs-and-services
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Iowa 4-H Record Keeping Philosophy
This publication reviews the overall philosophy of 4-H record keeping, objectives and guidelines with links to record keeping system forms and support documents.
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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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Cleaning Iowa's Waters with Saturated Buffers in Iowa Watersheds
Working with private land-owners in Iowa Water Quality Initiative Watersheds, saturated buffers are being established and monitored as a nitrate management practice within tile-drained watersheds. This resource will give you more information about the practice.
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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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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 Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Iowa Food Hub, sought to build a meat-to-school program in northeast Iowa. This series of three publications provides highlights of the project's successes and challenges, on the topics of sourcing products, working with pork producers, and working with beef producers.

This publication series tells the story of the meat-to-school journey in northeast Iowa and what was learned along the way.
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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 Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Iowa Food Hub, sought to build a meat-to-school program in northeast Iowa. This series of three publications provides highlights of the project's successes and challenges, on the topics of sourcing products, working with pork producers, and working with beef producers. In this publication, Iowa Food Hub reviews their search of a system that could source pork at a price point acceptable to schools.

In 2014, they decided to test out an unlikely solution: the procurement and processing of "off-matrix" hogs.
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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 Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Iowa Food Hub, sought to build a meat-to-school program in northeast Iowa. This series of three publications provides highlights of the project's successes and challenges, on the topics of sourcing products, working with pork producers, and working with beef producers.

In this publication, learn about the beef-to-school pilot project used successfully in other states: sourcing cull cows for farm-to-school beef.
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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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Iowa Farm Lease
Full legal document for determining the nature and conditions of a farm lease.

This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, then printed; or it can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.
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Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)
Use this form to save time and effort you would otherwise spend drafting your own cash rent agreement. This short form outlines what needs to be agreed upon.

This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, then printed; or it can be downloaded, printed and completed manually.
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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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Iowa Beef Producer Profile: A 2014 Survey of Iowa Cow-Calf Producers Summary
This summary of the 2014 Cow-Calf Producer Survey provides an overview of the survey results and further describes the growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The conclusion states, "The future size and structure of the Iowa beef cow herd will be determined by the individual decisions of more than 19,000 cattle owners. These owners are very diverse, not only in their operational characteristics, but also in their perceptions of the key factors influencing profitable and sustainable growth of the industry."

The project was conducted by the Iowa Beef Center, in collaboration with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Iowa Beef Producer Profile: A 2014 Survey of Iowa Feedlot Operators Summary
This summary of the 2014 Feedlot Operator Survey provides an overview of the survey results and further describes the growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The conclusion states, "The future size and structure of the Iowa feedlot sector will be determined by the individual decisions of more than 6,000 feedlot operators. These owners are very diverse, not only in their operational characteristics, but also in their perceptions of the key factors influencing profitable and sustainable growth of the industry."

The project was conducted by the Iowa Beef Center, in collaboration with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - Farmer Perspectives on Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy
This report presents survey results from the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll focused on farmer perspectives on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a science and technology-based approach used to assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways, the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. The intended purpose is to help stakeholders in the agricultural community and beyond understand where farmers stand on the nutrient reduction strategy to inform outreach actions.
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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: Iowa Farmers' Nitrogen Management Practices and Perspectives
The 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers about their nitrogen management practices and perspectives. Their responses, detailed in this report, can guide efforts to reduce nutrient loss.
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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?

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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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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Soybean Cyst Nematode Field Guide
Soybean cyst nematode is the most economically significant pest of soybeans in Iowa and has been found in 98 of the 99 Iowa counties. Infested soybean plants often show no symptoms other than reduced yield. The 62-page field guide is designed as a resource for agronomists and farmers to manage soybean cyst nematode.
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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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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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Rolling Iowa corn field (with sky)
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Iowa corn field with plants in a typical row width and plant density.

All digital media is copyrighted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Each purchase includes your acknowledgement and agreement of the Terms and Conditions to use.
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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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Leadership in the Bioeconomy -- Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Details how the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is involved in the bioeconomy through research, extension, and education.
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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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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2007 Survey Report on Iowa Farmers' Views on the Bioeconomy
This report on the views of Iowa farmers on the bioeconomy is one of three supplemental publications that expand on the data collected in the 2007 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.
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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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Iowa Food Security, Insecurity and Hunger - Emergency Food Resources: Meeting Food Needs of Iowa Households
Report of an ISU Extension study of people who used food pantries in Polk, Scott, Decatur, and Monroe counties in 2002.
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Restoring Iowa Streams -- Managing Iowa Habitats
Iowa is rich in water resources, but the restoration and management of Iowa’s rivers and streams is important for enhancing or improving water quality, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and aesthetics. This publication is to assist landowners in the restoration and management of stream and river habitats.
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Restoring Iowa Woodlands - Managing Iowa Habitats
This publication is to assist landowners interested in the restoration and management of Iowa woodlands for wildlife.
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Restoring Iowa Prairies - Managing Iowa Habitats
With increasing awareness of the valuable role prairies play in the natural world, prairie communities throughout the Midwest are being identified, protected, and restored. This publication is to assist landowners interested in prairie restoration.
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Restoring Iowa Wetlands - Managing Iowa Habitats
This publication can assist landowners in the identification, restoration, and management of shallow-water wetlands similar to those once scattered across Iowa’s countryside.
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Reciprocity No. 5 - Community Values and Marketing Strategies
This publication, part of the Reciprocity: In the Rural Community and Retail Marketplace series, examines the community values of small business owners and managers to determine how these values affect their marketing.
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