Resources

Download the FSMA Produce Safety Record Templates document to get help with required and encouraged recordkeeping.  Contact us (515-294-6773) and we will mail one to you.
Produce Safety Record Templates.pdf

Our video collection is growing!  Find the whole collection as a playlist or click on each video individually to watch them.  Some videos also have a fact sheet to go with the video.
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Pest Management on a Farm
Agricultural Water Testing
Agricultural Water Standards and Quality (Production Water)   Download the fact sheet.
Agricultural Water Quality Parameters (Post-Harvest Water) Download the fact sheet.
Best Practices for On-Farm Readiness Review (Pre-Harvest) 
Best Practices for On-Farm Readiness Review (Post-Harvest)
Infiltration in Produce During Washing
Best Practices to Control Field Contamination

Download a Checklist for Retail Purchasing of Fresh Food
FS0030.ChecklistRetailPurchasingFreshFood in Extension format.pdf

Value Added Products
Take this quiz to test your knowledge of what's allowed and what's not here in Iowa.  Learn the rules before you process and sell value-added jams, pickled vegetables, fermented food, and frozen/dehydrated products.

Water Testing Information and Labs
well headInformation about the new water testing requirements and where to have your water tested.
Summary - New Water Test Methods.pdf
List of Water Testing Labs in Iowa
Map of Labs in Iowa

Extension Value Added Agriculture:
https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ffed/iowa-farm-to-school-conference/
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  • Women in Agriculture
  • Small Farms Sustainability
  • Visit Iowa Farms
  • Land Grant Legacy
  • Feasibility studies
  • Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
  • MarketMaker
  • Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC)

Food Safety Resource Clearinghouse
https://www.uvm.edu/extension/necafs/clearinghouse/
The Clearinghouse is a curated and crowd-sourced collection of Produce Safety Rule (PSR) and Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (PCHFR) resources.  They all relate to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

High Tunnels
https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/14721
Find information on constructing and operating a high tunnel.
Also in the Extension store, find information on:

  • Vegetable Production Budgets for High Tunnels
  • Farm Safety
  • Water Quality
  • Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers

shelves full of watermelonsIowa Food Safety and Protection Task Force
https://ia.foodprotectiontaskforce.com/resources1/
Information on food processing, farmers' markets, and home-based food operations

Iowa Food Hub
https://iowa-food-hub.myshopify.com/pages/food-safety
Resources from a nonprofit that connects farmers, families, and food grown close to home in Northeast Iowa.

Iowa Department of Agriculture
http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/agDiversification.asp
Resources on:

  • Forms and Licensing
  • Organic Certification
  • Farm to School programs
  • Farmers’ Market Directories
  • Administrative Rules

Information for Farms that are Exempt or fall under the Modified Requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule.  A resource from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
PSR Modified Requirements - Labeling and Records V3.0.0.pdf

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Produce Safety Alliance
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/
Resources on:

  • Produce Safety Rule
  • Upcoming Trainings
  • How to get trained as a lead trainer

North Central Region Center for Food Safety Modernization Act for Training, Extension, and Technical Assistance
https://ncrfsma.org
Resources on:

  • Upcoming FSMA trainings
  • Specific resources for different fruits and vegetables
  • Contact information for state leaders around the Midwest

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