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Regulations and Licensing - Home Food Operations and Home Bakeries
State of Iowa regulations and licensing information related to food prepared at home and distributed to consumers. Guidelines focus on licensed home bakeries and unlicensed/unregulated home food operations.
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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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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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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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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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I'm Gloving It!
Learn the basics of proper glove use in foodservice establishments.
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Small Meat Processor Business Planning Guide
This guidebook walks you through creating a business plan for a small meat processing facility. It uses a real business plan as an example.

Use this guidebook to clearly state your business goals, provide reasons that these goals are achievable, and to outline your plan to achieve the goals.
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Glove Use in Retail Foodservice Establishments -- What Managers Need to Know
Provides guidelines for using five types of gloves in a retail foodservice operation. Also includes teaching tips and an outline for a 30-minute in-service for staff.
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Iowa Meat Processors' Resource Guidebook
A Guide to Building, Upgrading or Expanding a Small Meat Processing Facility in Iowa.
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Starting a Home-Based Food Business in Iowa
Find the information you need to sell food products from your home. Includes Iowa licensing and inspection requirements. Also includes contact information for additional help. Full color, 4 page brochure.
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Starting a Bed and Breakfast in Iowa? -- Know the laws that apply
If you’ve thought about opening your own bed and breakfast in Iowa, read this publication first. Information on types of B&Bs, food service rules, fire inspections, and hotel taxes.
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A Year of Food Safety Messages
Monthly food safety reminders are provided in this add-your-own dates calendar poster series intended for use by food service managers.
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Remodeling Community or Church Kitchens
Explains the six steps to follow for a successful remodeling of a community or church kitchen.
Includes photos, sample floor plans, and resources.
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Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant
This guide offers insights and formulas for planning the layout of a small-scale locker-type red-meat processing plant. Two model designs are presented and were created by an experienced meat plant consultant. The plans are for initial design use and not for construction use.
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SafeFood© Checklist for Complimentary Breakfast Service
Intended for businesses that offer complimentary breakfast service; questions will help managers evaluate their procedures and staff training related to safe food handling.
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Checklist for Operators of Swimming Pools in Lodging Operations
Use this checklist to assess pool and spa safety policies, swimming pool cleaning and water quality procedures, and spa procedures.
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Food Allergies It's a Matter of Life or Death Know Before You Serve
Use this poster to outline tips about food allergies for food service staff.
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Local Food Connections -- From Farms to Restaurants
Learn how connecting restaurant managers and chefs with local growers and producers can benefit both parties.
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Local Food Connections -- Foodservice Considerations
Details on how a foodservice operation can start purchasing local foods.
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Heartland Family Child Care Handbook
This book, previously called the Iowa Family Child Care Handbook, has been updated. It includes expanded information on toys, books, equipment, and how to organize your home and your day for family child care. Business, nutrition, health and safety, and child development info also included.
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Manual Heartland para el Cuidado Familiar de Ninos
This book, previously called the Iowa Family Child Care Handbook, has been updated. It includes expanded information on toys, books, equipment, and how to organize your home and your day for family child care. Business, nutrition, health and safety, and child development info also included.
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Local Food Connections -- Economic Impact of Use in Restaurants
Results presented of a recent exploratory study of restaurants' use of local foods. Designed to help producers understand their potential markets.
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Local Food Connections -- Contracting with Foodservices
Using an online calculator can help producers decide whether contracting with foodservice operators is a financially sound solution.
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Value Added Agriculture Program -- Providing Leadership in Producer-run, Value-Added Agriculture Activities
This publication discusses the Value-added Agriculture Program and its activities, explains its purposes, and provides necessary resources.
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