Project ID



This study researched the challenges and opportunities to improve Iowa's small food processing sector.

Key Question

What new business opportunities are open to Iowa farmers?


The project revealed business opportunities for Iowa farmers including on-farm processing, reiterated the importance of developing a sound business plan, and emphasized that it may be more productive for the private sector to develop creative, innovative business responses to policy realities than to try and influence regulatory policy. Producers who are interested in selling to institutions should strongly consider forming producer-marketing associations (aka: cooperatives) in order to capitalize on current consumer perception and demand for local foods.

Principal Investigator(s)

Richard Graves


Christine Pardee

Year of Grant Completion