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Iowa Retail Initiative
Iowa Retail Initiative (IRI) Program: Equip your local independent retailers, invest in your local economy.

Our 3-part program:
  • IRI Champions workshop provides training and resources for the community and small business supporters.
  • IRI Coaching works directly with retailers tackling the obstacles preventing business growth.
  • IRI Snapshots trains local leaders to assess information about their retail districts, mapping, and decision-making.
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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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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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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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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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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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Older Iowans Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Preparing for a Collaborative Community Assessment
This publication helps community development specialists prepare for collaborative community assessment activities. It discusses characteristics of such an assessment, steps involved, and practical implications.
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Employment and Earnings Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Reciprocity No. 1 - Identifying Attitudes
Explore how consumer and business owner attitudes affect reciprocity in the rural community and retail marketplace.
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