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Attention Iowa direct market farmers!
You are invited to participate in a study to help us understand biodiversity in local food production in Iowa. This study will develop a current crop inventory of fruits and vegetables being sold by direct market farmers in Iowa and identify the factors that farmers consider when making decisions about what to plant on their farms. We often say that local food production improves biodiversity on farms, but no one has formally measured it. This research will help us understand the real impact that local food has on Iowa’s farm diversity.
This study has three components:
1. A short demographic survey and submission of your last three years of crop records to the research team. Crop records should include the name of the plant and variety (e.g. Dragon Tongue Beans), the source (e.g. Johnny’s Seeds), and the quantity purchased and planted. You will receive $25 for taking this survey and submitting crop records.
2. A second, longer survey that asks you to identify and rank the reasons you plant the fruits and vegetables you submitted with your crop records. Compensation: $50
3. We will interview a smaller group of farmers to determine the decision making criteria before developing the second survey. You can indicate your willingness to be interviewed when you fill out the first survey. Compensation: $25
If you have questions about this project, please contact Brandi Janssen at email@example.com or (319)335-4190.
For more information and to take the first survey, follow this link:
Biodiversity in Local Food, Survey 1
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training
Here is the tentative county schedule for trainings for 2018-2019.
Sac Oct. 23
Decatur Feb. 28
Story Feb. 5
Black Hawk Jan. 24
Des Moines 7-Mar