Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said that $501,500 in cost share is available through a new program designed to help farmers with organic certification expenses. Farmers are eligible for 75 percent reimbursement of eligible certification expense, limited to $750 per certification scope, which include: crops, wild crops, livestock and processing/handling. Read more »

Agriculture Organic Reimbursement


Dean and Nancy Rogers are not your typical vineyard owners—and John 15 Vineyard in Scranton is not your typical Iowa Vineyard. It is one of the only, if not the only, commercial vineyards in Iowa that does not produce wine or sell grapes to wineries.

Instead, they offer a variety of grapes and grape products, “Just like Grandma used to make. Only better!” Homemade grape goodies include jams and jellies, syrup, jam-filled cookies and candies, pies, 100 percent grape juice, and mulled grape cider. Frozen grapes are available year-round and fresh grapes in season (usually September). Read more »

Agriculture Business Spotlight Greene County John 15 Vineyard Scranton Unique Business Vineyard


At Early Morning Harvest in Panora, the produce grown in the farm’s greenhouse—a major part of the operation—is watered through an “aquaponics” system that starts in nine large tanks full of tilapia.

The distinctive system fits with the farm’s larger goal. Early Morning Harvest, a family-run business, opened its doors in 2011 and includes the aquaponics greenhouse, an outdoor garden, a mill, free0range chickens and grass-fed cows. Read more »

Agriculture Business Spotlight Early Morning Harvest Farm Guthrie County Panora Unique Business

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