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May 2019

May 22
May 22
Produce Growers Offered Free Water Testing

Produce growers who want to get their water tested can do so for free, thanks to an effort by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Produce Safety Team, which is providing five drop-off dates and locations across the state. Some producers are required to have their water tested, depending on the size of operation and the source of water, in order to comply with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act. Others may wish to proactively test their water, in case there are any issues.

May 22
May 22
Vegetable Growers Also Face Flooding Issues

Row-crop and livestock farmers aren’t the only ones trying to overcome the perils of spring flooding in Iowa. The catastrophic events of 2019 are also affecting vegetable and specialty crop growers, with the possibility that floodwaters may have moved chemical and biological contaminants into the fields where vegetables are grown. In the May edition of the Acreage Living Newsletter, Ajay Nair, associate professor and extension vegetable production specialist with Iowa State University, talks about what specialty crop growers should know, and what they should do to keep humans and animals safe.

May 15
May 15
Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop

A national workshop dedicated to childhood agricultural safety is scheduled for June 23-24 in the agricultural and insurance hub of Des Moines, Iowa. The Child Agricultural Injury Prevention (CAIP) Workshop is designed for those who work in or with the agriculture industry, and want to establish and enhance child injury prevention strategies for their organizations.

May 15
May 15
Produce Safety Training for Volunteers

Keeping produce safe and healthy takes a team effort and that includes growers who donate some of their own bounty. While well-intentioned, volunteer gleaners and donors can also be a source of contamination if food safety protocols are not followed. To help keep Iowans safe as they give to others, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach food safety team is offering Safe Produce for Donation workshops in five locations this summer.

May 15
May 15
Broccoli production Field Day

Department of Horticulture is hosting a 'Broccoli production' Field Day on Tuesday, June. 4, 2019 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA. The field day will discuss major production aspects required for successful broccoli production with emphasis on variety selection, weed management, fertility, and harvest.

May 7
May 7
USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

 
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