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Waterloo downtown farmers market changes ownership, looking for vendors


The former RiverLoop Farmers Market, held in the RiverLoop Expo Plaza between Jefferson and Washington streets along Park Avenue, is now the Waterloo Urban Farmers Market, a name change precipitated by a change in ownership and tone.

ISU Extension to Host Best Practices for Agritourism Businesses Workshop


The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Visit Iowa Farms program will hold a Safety and Health Best Practices for Agritourism Businesses Workshop in Altoona on March 22.

Farm Bureau Praises Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule


The American Farm Bureau supports USDA’s decision to withdraw the misguided Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule. Livestock health and well-being is a priority for all farmers and ranchers. We rely on trained professionals, including animal scientists, nutritionists and veterinarians, to ensure the health and safety of our food. The rule did not promote food safety or animal welfare. It went beyond the intent of the Organic Production Act by allowing for animal welfare standards and metrics to become part of the organic label.

Gov. Reynolds signs Iowa Honey Bee Day proclamation


Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation on Thursday recognizing March 14, 2018, as Iowa Honey Bee Day. The proclamation highlights the importance of honey bees to Iowa agriculture and the environment. It also emphasizes the role humans play in protecting honey bees from diseases and pests.

Organic Produce Sales, Movin’ On Up


Overall, organic fresh vegetable sales led the produce sector with $2.4 billion in sales, up 6 percent by volume and 4 percent by value from 2016. Organic fresh fruit with sales of $1.6 billion showed stronger growth, with volume and dollar sales up 12.6 percent compared to 2016.

Cider business near Fairfield expanding into vacant building


A business in Jefferson County which makes hard cider is moving to a new facility and plans to expand the operation to be able to send its product statewide.

Contest to pick Iowa’s best burger now underway


Brooke German, marketing director for Iowa Beef Industry Council, says they’re again teaming up with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association in the statewide contest. Iowans have just under a month to nominate a restaurant that serves what they consider the state’s best 100% beef burger.

Now a good time to consider joining a CSA, says Iowa Department of Agriculture


Through CSAs, farmers sell a certain number of subscriptions, or shares, and then provide a portion of their harvest to those members, typically on a weekly basis, throughout the growing season. Many CSAs also sell half shares for smaller households or unique share programs geared to different times of the growing season or deliveries based on bi-weekly or monthly schedules.

Challenges and the rewards of going organic


A panel of Farm Bureau members who farm organically discussed the challenges and rewards of choosing organic farming

Iowa Dept. of Ag receives $100,000 grant to support Local Food Day Celebration in Iowa schools


The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced today it has received a $100,000 Farm to School Support Services Grant from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to host an Iowa Local Food Day on October 11, 2018, as part of National Farm to School month.