Iowa farmers who end up with extra sweet corn, apples or tomatoes during the growing season can now donate their fresh produce to a local food bank and qualify for a new state tax credit.

The Farm to Food Donation Tax Credit, approved by the Iowa Legislature last year, gives taxpayers a 15 percent tax credit, up to $5,000, for donating food to a registered emergency feeding organization.

The Food Bank of Iowa and other local food-relief organizations are trying to raise awareness among farmers, as well as gardeners, about the new food donation tax credit.

"There have been people who ...