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Small-Farm Business Development Incubator For Refugee Farmers, Nicholas Wuertz Jan 2017

Small-Farm Business Development Incubator For Refugee Farmers, Nicholas Wuertz

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Central Iowa refugees with farming backgrounds were engaged in a variety of activities to help them become farmers in Iowa. Beginning with work in community gardens, the project began to help these aspiring farmers to learn about markets, production, and the realities of farm business planning in preparation for graduating them to their own farming operations.


Increasing Local Food Consumption In Rural Communities By Partnering With Nontraditional Food Retailers, Teresa Wiemerslage Jan 2016

Increasing Local Food Consumption In Rural Communities By Partnering With Nontraditional Food Retailers, Teresa Wiemerslage

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The project investigators partnered with small rural businesses (“nontraditional retailers”) to increase access to local, healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables. The team purchased display coolers to use in these settings, and tested several locations.


Market Development And Logistics For Local Food Distribution In The Cedar Valley, Jodie Huegerich Jan 2016

Market Development And Logistics For Local Food Distribution In The Cedar Valley, Jodie Huegerich

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Getting local food into the hands of consumers requires a variety of creative approaches. This project in northern Iowa demonstrated several ways to encourage marketing and sales of local food in the area.


Insurance Benchmarking For Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Producers, Year 2, Sally Worley Jan 2015

Insurance Benchmarking For Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Producers, Year 2, Sally Worley

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Iowa fruit and vegetables growers need risk management options similar to those available to row crop producers. However, there was no body of data on production costs and sales that would guide the development of such insurance options. This project collected data from Iowa growers that will allow federal and state agencies to create and adapt insurance instruments suitable for fruit and vegetable producers.


Planning Grant For The Establishment Of A Food Enterprise Center, Jason Grimm, K. Jesse Singerman, Jessica Burtt Fogarty Jan 2015

Planning Grant For The Establishment Of A Food Enterprise Center, Jason Grimm, K. Jesse Singerman, Jessica Burtt Fogarty

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

An assessment of community resources to support the development of a food enterprise center (FEC) or food hub was completed through planning meetings with community stakeholders. Local farmers and food businesses were surveyed and interviewed to determine their interest in the services of a food hub and FEC.


Small-Farm Business Development Incubator For Refugee Farmers, Nicholas Wuertz Jan 2015

Small-Farm Business Development Incubator For Refugee Farmers, Nicholas Wuertz

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Beginning farmers who also are recent U.S. immigrants face a steeper learning curve due to language and cultural challenges. This project devised training and marketing education programs for these new farmers, while making accommodations for the unique challenges they face in establishing their operations.


Establishing Shared-Use Processing Facilities At Three Possible Locations In Central And South Central Iowa, Jack Porter, Gary Huber Jan 2015

Establishing Shared-Use Processing Facilities At Three Possible Locations In Central And South Central Iowa, Jack Porter, Gary Huber

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

One way for small-scale food producers to make money is to add value to their products. Shared-use kitchens offer an option for further processing, cooking, or preservation for a variety of fruit and vegetable crops. This project examines some of the critical factors in establishing and successfully operating a shared-use kitchen.


Niche Markets In The Agricultural Enterprise Mix: Farm Profit Optimization And Risk Analysis, Shane Ellis Jan 2014

Niche Markets In The Agricultural Enterprise Mix: Farm Profit Optimization And Risk Analysis, Shane Ellis

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

An existing MS Excel computer-based program (FARMOR) was further developed and enhanced to assist niche market producers in making appropriate and profitable choices for their enterprises.


Transitioning Farmers To Produce For Wholesale Markets, Marissa Nordschow, Johnice Cross Jan 2014

Transitioning Farmers To Produce For Wholesale Markets, Marissa Nordschow, Johnice Cross

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Ramping up production from direct sales to providing goods for wholesale markets means farmers must acquire new skills and competencies. Working through a farmer cooperative, producers were offered education on food safety and how to expand their operations.


Innovative Equipment Solutions To Reduce Costs And Improve Productivity For Small-Scale Fruit And Vegetable Growers, Georgeanne M. Artz, Linda L. Naeve Jan 2014

Innovative Equipment Solutions To Reduce Costs And Improve Productivity For Small-Scale Fruit And Vegetable Growers, Georgeanne M. Artz, Linda L. Naeve

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

An array of equipment is available to help fruit and vegetable growers with specialized production and processing tasks. This study examined ways for these small operators to share equipment and maximize their use of the shared implements.


Recordkeeping Education And Insurance Benchmarking For Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Producers, Sally Worley Jan 2014

Recordkeeping Education And Insurance Benchmarking For Iowa Fruit And Vegetable Producers, Sally Worley

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Being able to share data about actual production and sales is critical to the success of producers hoping to purchase crop insurance or obtain a loan. This project helped a group of small producers figure out recordkeeping within their operations as a start to creating a baseline for Iowa fruit and vegetable production.


Machinery Management For Small- And Medium-Sized Horticultural Farms, Georgeanne M. Artz, William M. Edwards, Darren H. Jarboe Jan 2014

Machinery Management For Small- And Medium-Sized Horticultural Farms, Georgeanne M. Artz, William M. Edwards, Darren H. Jarboe

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Machinery and equipment needs are far different for vegetable farms than for commodity production units. This project explored the unique machinery access options for small and mid-sized horticulture operations.


Growing Up Local: A Value Chain Analysis Of Local Produce In Iowa, Brian E. Mennecke Jan 2014

Growing Up Local: A Value Chain Analysis Of Local Produce In Iowa, Brian E. Mennecke

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

This was the original project description: Investigators will detail a value chain analysis of locally grown produce in Iowa. Investigators will identify supply chain structures that support production and distribution using methodologies compatible with sustainable agriculture.


Improving Profitability For Small And Very Small Meat Processors In Iowa, Nick W. Mccann Jan 2014

Improving Profitability For Small And Very Small Meat Processors In Iowa, Nick W. Mccann

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The project developed a curriculum to improve productivity along with follow-up classes and services to help small meat processors in Iowa. The lessons covered scheduling, product mix decisions, retail inventory management, and shop floor performance measurement.


Enhancing Value And Marketing Options For Pawpaw (Asimina Triloba) By Developing Pulp Separation And Preservation Techniques, Patrick J. O'Malley, Lester Wilson Jan 2013

Enhancing Value And Marketing Options For Pawpaw (Asimina Triloba) By Developing Pulp Separation And Preservation Techniques, Patrick J. O'Malley, Lester Wilson

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Project investigators tested the potential for production and utilization of the pawpaw as an alternative crop for Iowa fruit growers. Fruit from an ongoing trial was processed and preserved for future marketing.


Development Of An Online Food Safety Training For Employees Of University Farms And School Gardens, Angela M. Shaw, Catherine Strohbehn, Linda L. Naeve Jan 2013

Development Of An Online Food Safety Training For Employees Of University Farms And School Gardens, Angela M. Shaw, Catherine Strohbehn, Linda L. Naeve

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

With a rise in the number of publicly accessed fruit and vegetable growing venues, there is a need for food safety training for staff of these schools and research facilities. This project created a variety of media options to educate workers about proper ways to handle fruit and vegetables to ensure food safety.


Transplant Production Decision Tool For Vegetable Producers, Joseph Ward, Chris Blanchard Jan 2013

Transplant Production Decision Tool For Vegetable Producers, Joseph Ward, Chris Blanchard

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

When local vegetable producers "scale up" their production to meet an increasing demand for local produce from institutional and retail purchasers, they face a number of investment challenges as they adopt appropriate systems and techniques. A key area of interest is how to manage transplant production as growers expand their operations.


Mapping Potential Foodsheds In Iowa: A System Optimization Modeling Approach, Guiping Hu, Randy Boeckenstedt, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt Jan 2012

Mapping Potential Foodsheds In Iowa: A System Optimization Modeling Approach, Guiping Hu, Randy Boeckenstedt, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Linear programming tools are used to gauge regional potential for local diversified agriculture required to meet the dietary needs of the population.


Educational Presentation On Reducing Fossil Fuel Needs On Iowa’S Small To Mid-Sized Farms, Carole Yates Jan 2012

Educational Presentation On Reducing Fossil Fuel Needs On Iowa’S Small To Mid-Sized Farms, Carole Yates

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

This project funded four videos featuring Iowa farmers who have used energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy on their farms. The Farm Energy Working Group developed the videos as part of an educational presentation for Iowa farmers and food leaders.


Developing Production, Processing And Marketing Of Aronia Berries On Small Family Farms In Southeast Iowa, Patrick J. O'Malley Jan 2012

Developing Production, Processing And Marketing Of Aronia Berries On Small Family Farms In Southeast Iowa, Patrick J. O'Malley

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

ISU Extension and Outreach specialists worked with several stakeholder groups to educate southeast Iowa farmers about the aronia berry, a crop new to Iowa with potential for market growth.


Building Student Awareness And Involvement In The Farm To Isu Program, Nancy Levandowski, Darrin Vander Plas Jan 2011

Building Student Awareness And Involvement In The Farm To Isu Program, Nancy Levandowski, Darrin Vander Plas

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Iowa State University Dining Services initiated the Farm to ISU program to increase purchases of local foods by 35 percent by 2012. This project sought to boost the awareness of ISU students about Farm to ISU and the importance of buying locally-produced foods.


Transitioning The Pork Niche Market Working Group To Self-Sufficiency, Gary Huber Jan 2011

Transitioning The Pork Niche Market Working Group To Self-Sufficiency, Gary Huber

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

A case study and business plan were created to support continuation of the Pork Niche Market Working Group (PNMWG).


Corn Silage Test Plot To Increase Profitability For Dairy Farmers And Reduce Winter Wind & Water Erosion, Jennifer A. Bentley, Dave Lawstuen, Brian J. Lang Jan 2011

Corn Silage Test Plot To Increase Profitability For Dairy Farmers And Reduce Winter Wind & Water Erosion, Jennifer A. Bentley, Dave Lawstuen, Brian J. Lang

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

This project looked at two ways to help dairy farmers - improvement of corn silage used in feeding their herds and adding a cover crop with potential for feed and erosion control.


A Food Distribution Network For The Northern Iowa Food And Farm Partnership, Andrea Geary Jan 2011

A Food Distribution Network For The Northern Iowa Food And Farm Partnership, Andrea Geary

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Matching the supply of local food to the demand requires local food producers to make adjustments in their food distribution systems. This project looked at collaborative models to help these producers make their post-farm operations more efficient.


Routing Foods Into Southeast Iowa, Elisabet Humble, Mary Carter Jan 2011

Routing Foods Into Southeast Iowa, Elisabet Humble, Mary Carter

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The investigators studied the feasibility of starting and operating a farmers' market cooperative in southeast Iowa.


A Feasibility Study For The Creation Of A Meat Processing Training Program In Iowa, Joel Peterson, Jean Eells Jan 2011

A Feasibility Study For The Creation Of A Meat Processing Training Program In Iowa, Joel Peterson, Jean Eells

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The unique needs of Iowa's small meat processors include more educational opportunities. This project explored how to provide additional training to these important rural businesses.


Producer Machinery And Labor Sharing Arrangements Workshops, Roger Ginder, William M. Edwards, Georgeanne M. Artz, Darren H. Jarboe Jan 2011

Producer Machinery And Labor Sharing Arrangements Workshops, Roger Ginder, William M. Edwards, Georgeanne M. Artz, Darren H. Jarboe

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Four case studies were developed for Iowa farm operations that have successfully used machinery and labor sharing arrangements for intergenerational transfer of farm assets. Results were shared at workshops and through publication of a resource manual.


From Farm To Market In Northwest Iowa, Dennis Mcdonald Jan 2011

From Farm To Market In Northwest Iowa, Dennis Mcdonald

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Aggregating products and marketing efforts can help local food producers in a less urban area make their operations more profitable.


Local Food Producer Website Workshops, Brad Crawford Jan 2011

Local Food Producer Website Workshops, Brad Crawford

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

The project aimed to help small producers and other local food businesses learn to use online tools to market their products and form stronger relationships with their customers.


Sustainable Economic Development Through Organic And Grazing Dairy Farm Establishment And Transition, Larry F. Tranel, Robert Tigner Jan 2010

Sustainable Economic Development Through Organic And Grazing Dairy Farm Establishment And Transition, Larry F. Tranel, Robert Tigner

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

This project aimed to increase the number of grass-based and organic dairies in Iowa. However, progress was stymied by the severe 2008-09 economic downturn that kept beginning dairy farmers from getting into the business, and also forced some current producers who were candidates to transition to alternative methods to exit the business.