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Stimulus package offers help for ag

3/30/2020

Provisions in the $2 trillion package earmark nearly $25 billion for agriculture to counter the effects of the pandemic.

USDA approves Iowa's industrial hemp plan

3/30/2020

Farmers can start applying for license to grow hemp beginning April 1.

Learn how to use horticultural crop enterprise budgets

3/27/2020

Participants will learn about how budgets are different than whole farm financial records and how market outlets can drastically change profitability. Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020, Time: 1:00 pm

Downtown Farmers' Market postpones opening day due to coronavirus concerns

3/27/2020

Due to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, the Des Moines Downtown Farmers' Market is postponing its opening day that was scheduled for Saturday, May 2.

Food supply anxiety brings back "victory gardens"

3/27/2020

“Small things count,” read a headline in the tiny, insistent pamphlet published by the National War Garden Commission in 1919. The pitch made gardening a civic duty. And though the illustrations were cute, the text was urgent: “Prevention of widespread starvation is the peacetime obligation of the United States. … The War Garden of 1918 must become the Victory Garden of 1919.”

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s hemp plan approved by USDA

3/23/2020

Farmers can start applying for a license to grow hemp on April 1. Detailed instructions on how to apply for a hemp license are available at iowaagriculture.gov/hemp.

Shutdown of local food markets may cost nearly $700 million in sales

3/19/2020

Local and regional agriculture and food markets stand to lose up to $688.7 million in sales through May because of the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to analysts familiar with the sector.

Horticultural Crop Enterprise Budgets Webinar

3/16/2020

Emily Coll will lead an interactive session where she will discuss the why's and how's of enterprise budgets and go through a few budgets already completed.

New webinar for Horticultural Crop farmers, April 9

3/14/2020

Emily Coll (Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program Coordinator from ISU Extension and Outreach) will lead an interactive session where she will discuss the why's and how's of enterprise budgets and go through a few budgets already completed. Participants will learn about how budgets are different than whole farm financial records and how market outlets can drastically change profitability.

Bee bill sails through Iowa Senate

3/13/2020

Iowa is one step closer to having the honey bee as the official state insect.

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