For Farmers

Risk Management Education for Farmers with On-Farm Visitors

This online curriculum offers information and tools to enhance the safety and health of a on-farm operation that allows visitors on their property. Participation in this program will lead to new skills and techniques to implement practical management solutions on your farm. 

Risk Management Education for Farmers with On-Farm Visitors Course Link

Agritourism Safety and Health Best Practices Checklists

Agritourism Bio-security Checklist
Agritourism Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Agritourism Food Safety Checklist
Agritourism Negligence Mitigation Suggestions
Agritourism Pesticide Safety Checklist
Agritourism Play Area Checklist

Marketing Local Foods in Iowa

These flowcharts will help determine the requirements for processing and selling food products in Iowa, and will guide producers and processors to the appropriate state agencies or departments.

Fruit and Vegetable Juice
Cut Fruits and Vegetables
Whole Fruits and Vegetables
Honey and Maple Syrup
Jams, Jellies, and Preserves
Low Acid or Fermented Foods
Red Meat

Producer Regulations 

Employment Regulations
Farmers' Market/Local Food Markets
Food Safety Guidelines
Health/Safety/Disability Guidelines
Organic Certification
Registering a Business
Tourist Oriented Directional Signing (TODS) from Iowa DOT
Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings

Business and Marketing Planning 

Specialty Crop Enterprise Budgets, Ag Decision Maker
Business Planning, AgPlan, by the University of Minnesota. 
Agritourism Emergency Preparedness, The Ohio State University
Marketing Your Farm, Hobby
How to Start a Business – The Definitive Guide - Chamber of Commerce 

Legal Considerations

National Agriculture Law Center - Agritourism 
State of Iowa Recreational Statues, National Agriculture Law Center.
Iowa Landowner’s Legal Guide, Drake Univeristy Agriculture Law Center
Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Iowa State University 

Additional Resources

Iowa Organizations Supporting Agritourism
Training Resources