KoiGreen Produce and Pond Supplies, located in Ogden, Iowa, is a unique business that uses the water from their ponds stocked with koi fish to water the produce they grow and sell.
Agritourism is a growing contributor to the travel and tourism sectors of the Iowa economy, with 275 farms reporting more than $4.3 million in total agritourism and recreational services income, according to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. May 7 – 13, 2017 is National Travel and Tourism Week and there are a myriad of ways to take part in agribusinesses across the state.
Website is a database of Iowa farms open to the public and offers agritourism support to farms.
Strawberry season is quickly approaching! Make your u-pick experience great by following this guide for everything you need to know before, during, and after strawberry picking.
The inaugural Iowa Small Farms Conference is scheduled for Feb.13 in Ames, Iowa. Keynote speaker Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farms will be featured along with a wide variety of educational options, a trade show, lunch and giveaways.
Farmers being observant with seed treatments at planting and pesticide applications during the growing season could minimize ill effects on bee populations, according to Iowa State University entomologists.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development recently published a report on the value of Iowa’s outdoor recreation amenities. The report is available for free download from the Community and Economic Development website.
Iowa is known for agri-tourism, and the Tourism Office would like to update its resources for farm and ag tours. Colleen Murphy is collecting information on Iowa farms and agricultural operations that offer tours for groups or individuals. Complete a questionnaire with the details of your facility and tours, and we'll keep your information on file for tour requests.