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Grants available to promote Iowa products
The new ‘Choose Iowa’ grant program is meant to encourage innovation and vitalization in Iowa’s food systems and farms.
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announces "Choose Iowa" marketing and promotion grants
Applicants can use the Choose Iowa grants to try new processing, packaging and sales techniques that add value to the commodities that they produce
Small butcher grant applications open
Program aims to stimulate expansion of processors who employ fewer than 50 people and are already licensed to process meat in Iowa.
Harlan diner named 2021 best tenderloin
Richard and Angela Buman recently bought Victoria Station in Harlan and are committed to continuing the restaurant’s legacy of great food.
Funding Available to Help Farmers and Ranchers Recover from Natural Disasters, COVID-19 Costs
Congress recently passed an extension of the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus, also known as WHIP+, in the recent Continuing Resolution to fund the government. Chad Smith has more on what that means for eligible producers. An extension of WHIP+ was included in recent legislation Congress passed to fund the federal government.
Reap the Benefits of Farm Financial Records Webinar
Keeping good farm records is work! But the benefits are enormous and can make the farm more profitable and resilient! Join two Iowa experts to learn about improving farm records, how they are used in farm management decisions and easy resources that can help.
A "retirement project" that started with a few fruit tree plantings keeps Erling and Mary Bilden busy hosting groups and selling crafts at their apple orchard in northeast Iowa.
Great River Maple of Clayton County was honored last week as a recipient of Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) Entrepreneur Award.
New insurance option for farms selling locally
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products.