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The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association was established in 1984 to promote the interests of fruit and vegetable growers of the state through meetings, access to information, research, networking and mentoring opportunities. The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association continues to thrive and operates with a nine-member board. IFVGA remains an affiliate of its grandparent organization, the Iowa State Horticultural Society.
2021 IFVGA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner!
The 2021 IFVGA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Recipient was Ron and Becky Deardorff. Deardorff Sweetcorn, located near Adel, has been in business for over 35 years. Ron’s 2 sons are now taking over the business.
“Sweetcorn is a fun project and process. People look forward to the fresh, homegrown, Iowa sweetcorn in the summer. Over the years people have come to recognize our name and brand and know we have quality sweetcorn”, Ron Deardorff.
Congratulations to Ron and the late Becky Deardorff in honor of their many years of dedicated service and commitment to our organization and industry!
The 2021 Iowa Specialty Producers Conference was held virtually January 19-20, 2021. Registration is available for conference recordings. Visit www.iowaspecialtyproducers.com for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of resilient local food systems. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has transitioned its nationally recognized Local Food Leader professional development certification course to a virtual format. This certification includes cohort workshops hosted through Zoom and online curricula through Moodle. The first online workshop of 2021 begins on March 16 and ends July 13; registration closes March 5. Register at https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/15887. Learn more…
A popular source of online information for the agricultural industry in Iowa has a new and improved look. The Ag Decision Maker, published by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, unveiled a new design Jan. 16. The new site offers the same timely information Iowans and farmers across the Midwest have depended on for years, but in a more mobile-friendly format. Learn more…
The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT), a statewide nonprofit that works with landowners to permanently dedicate their land to table food and market farming, will host a virtual showcase of Buffalo Ridge Orchard, a Central City, Iowa-based farm, on March 9.
The showcase is designed to help Iowa landowners and heirs to land who are interested in learning about food crops that grow well in Iowa. Learn more…
The 2021 Iowa Specialty Producers Conference, moved virtual for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions, was held Jan. 19 & 20, 2021, and event organizers are calling it a success. Learn more…