Project ID

M2011-03

Abstract

The Iowa Valley Food Cooperative, established in August 2011, achieved its financial and operational goals and is positioned for continued growth. It has been leveraged to provide producer training in beginning farmer business planning, food safety, crop planning, labeling and licensing.

Key Question

Can an online, direct to consumer, marketplace for food, fiber and other local products be established in eastern Iowa. Can the cooperative be leveraged to provide needed producer training or to create linkages with other similar groups to increase operating efficiencies and offer additional marketing opportunities for producers?

Findings

The Iowa Valley Food Cooperative, established in August 2011, achieved its financial and operational goals and is poised for continued growth. It has been leveraged to provide producer training in beginning farmer business planning, food safety, crop planning, labeling and licensing.

Principal Investigator(s)

Jason Grimm

Co-Investigator(s)

K. Jesse Singerman

Year of Grant Completion

2013

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