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New Videos!
Check out our new videos on Cleaning a Walk-In Cooler and Cleaning and Sanitizing Crates.

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

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

Extension Value Added Agriculture:
Find information on:

  • 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)


High Tunnels
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


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Food Safety
Resources for keeping local food safe.


Iowa Food Safety and Protection Task Force
Information on food processing, farmers' markets, and homebased food operations


Iowa Food Hub
Resources from a nonprofit that connects farmers, families, and food grown close to home in Northeast Iowa.


Iowa Department of Agriculture
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 from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
PSR Modified Requirements - Labeling and Records.pdf


Food Safety Alliance
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
Resources on:

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



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