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The best farmer and processor selected organic resources for your state

Welcome the Midwest Region's Iowa Resource Guide. You can browse our Iowa resources by using the dropdown menus to view various categories below. Iowa's top organic and sustainable organizations are already displayed. By the way, if you’d like to suggest a resource for Iowa, send it now. And if you have a great quote, anecdote or insight related to organic farming or processing in the state, let us know.



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Iowa Organic Program Contactota
The National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP) offers a list of contacts of state organic officials across the U.S. Iowa's organic...
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Business Management for Farmers Book Series from Iowa State University
The series includes seven publications, starting with developing a long range strategic farm business plan. Includes books on getting established...
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Drake University's Agricultural Law Center
Drake's Agricultural Law Center, founded in 1983, is an internationally recognized center that provides opportunities to study how the legal system...
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Iowa State University's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
Iowa State University's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship offers a minor in entrepreneurship, lecture series, internships and experiential...
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Measuring the Economic and Fiscal Impacts Associated with Organic Crop Conversion in Iowa
Summary of this new research, from Iowa's Leopold Center, published March, 2007: "The research demonstrated that there are very strong differences...
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Organic Seed Sources in North America
This site provides a long list of seed sources for organic production. Among the seeds sold are soybean, oat, barley, wheat, vegetables, cover...
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Practical Farmers of Iowa
PFI is a vibrant farm organization that conducts on-farm research into sustainable farming practices, holds an annual conference, field days and...
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Weed Management for Organic Farmers, from Iowa State Extension
An attractive 8-page brochure that addresses both the philosophy of organic weed management and specific production practices and...
Ag Decision Maker, a Suite of Farm Business Planning Tools for Iowa Farmers
Iowa State University Extension's Ag Decision Maker (AgDM) is a web site feature a suite information and online tools for analyzing your farm...
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Application and Organic Processing and Handling Plan Form from Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute in Iowa
Standard organic handling plan form.
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Beginning Farmer Center, from Iowa State Extension
The Beginning Farm Center offers "Farm On," a service to help preserve the family farm business by matching beginning farmers who do not own land,...
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CHOOSE IOWA™ : Promoting Iowa ag-based retail enterprises
A collection of directories to promoting Iowa ag-based retail enterprises. Includes listings meat producers, food businesses, farmers’ markets,...
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Cost of Organic Pork Production
The objective of this report is to determine the cost of organic pork production. This report addresses the issue by examining the increase of...
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Farm Savvy Notebook for beginning farmers in Iowa
This 200 page manual from Iowa's Beginning Farmer center outlines a process for the transition of a farm business to the succeeding generation....
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Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture, from Iowa State University Extension
This attractive publication, available online in PDF, covers certification production and marketing, as well as some organic basics.
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Growing Your Small Market Farm in Iowa
This program assists potential and existing local producers learn the skills needed to create and strengthen successful farm business ventures. It...
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Hogs: Sustainable Swine Production Resources from the Practical Farmers of Iowa
Reports and articles on sustainable livestock management, focused on sustainable swine production.
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Informational Toolkit for Beginning Farmers
The Value Added Agriculture Program staff at Iowa State University Extension has compiled some potentially useful information for operators of new...
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Integrated Crop Management, from Iowa State University
A rich set of resources on integrated management of plant diseases, insects and weeds, with applications for organic growers.
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Iowa Network for Community Agriculture (INCA)
A grassroots, volunteer organization promoting local food in Iowa through community-based partnerships, new grower support, and local food...
Iowa Organic Certification Form for Processors, Distributors, Handlers, and Retailers
Combined farming and handling operations, processors, distritbutors, handlers and retailers can use this form to apply for organic certification...
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Iowa Organic Certification Program: Organic Livestock and Poultry Questionnaire/Farm Management Plan
The official questionnaire form for your organic livestock plan for Iowa's state certification program.
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Iowa State's Farm Financial Planning Program
Farm Financial Planning is Iowa State University Extension's farm financial analysis program. It consists of one-on-one financial counseling, a...
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Iowa's Women, Food and Agriculture Network
WFAN has close to 150 members. Although centered in Iowa, WFAN members come from over 25 states and several other countries. They are diverse in...
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Kitchen Incubators and Other Food-Related Small Businesses: Resources for Iowa Food Entrepreneurs
This page from Iowa State University Extension provides links to information on laws and regulations, marketing, business plans, incubators, food...
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Learning the Farmer Way: Practical Farmers of Iowa Farm Apprenticeship Program
This placement service, sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa, links people seeking work experience on sustainable farms with farmers who need...
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Low-Cost Agricultural Publications from Iowa State University's MidWest Plan Service
This is an extraordinary collection of practical farm books and publications covering a wide range of topics, from farm business planning to manure...
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Marketing Resources from the Practical Farmers of Iowa
Direct marketing resources for Iowa farmers.
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Organic Crop Production Enterprise Budgets from Iowa State University
An enterprise budget is an estimate of the costs and returns to produce a product (enterprise). For example, a conventional Iowa corn and soybean...
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Starting Up Your Agricultural Business
This online resource from Iowa State University Extension walks you through the process of asking questions about your business, your values, your...
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Sustainable Agriculture Publications from Iowa State University Extension
Iowa State has several dozen pamphlets and books on sustainable agriculture available through it’s online book store. Some are available in PDF...
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Transition Strategies for Post-CRP Certified Organic Grain Production in Iowa
Post-Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land may provide an excellent opportunity to satisfy certified organic crop production requirements....
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Value-Added Agriculture Program at Iowa State University
The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses...
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