Iowa Contacts

Iowa Farmers Market Association



Contact: Barbara Ristau

SNAP Info & Contacts

Program Name/EBT Card Name: Food Assistance Program/Iowa EBT Card

Current Contractor: Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc. (Conduent)

Tracy Penick
EBT Director
Adult, Children & Family Services
(515) 281-4935

Iowa Ag Department

Iowa Department of Agriculture


Iowa WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Contact: Paul Ovrom

Administrator of Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Programs


Iowa News/Case Studies

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Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.… Read More

Iowa Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

Emma Hansen October 2, 2018

IFMA annual conference will be held Saturday Feb 2 from 9-5 PM at Grace Lutheran Church  3010 52nd St.  Des Moines, IA.  More information will be released closer to the date of the event. Contact Barbara Ristau at with any questions.     Read More

From Coast to Coast: A Snapshot of the 2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest

Allie Vrtachnik May 25, 2018

The 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest has come to a close, folks! The deadline for poster submissions was May 15th, but you still have till until May 31st to act as a judge for the Fan Favorite award. Your vote counts as a ‘like’ for your local market or favorite submission. Browse the contest… Read More

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Is Local Food More Expensive?: A Consumer Price Perspective on Local and Non-Local Foods

Stacy November 8, 2013

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative conducted consumer market research in June, July, and August 2009 to examine what Iowa consumers pay for locally grown products and how these prices compare to non-local market channel prices. The authors conclude that during peak season in Iowa, June and July, local produce… Read More

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“Farmers Market” Defined

Alex Canepa November 2, 2017

The federal government, along with many states and commonwealths define “farmers market” in statute or code. These definitions determine eligibility for participation in programs including the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs as well as state-administered farmers market certification programs. In the interest of consumer protection, lawmakers in multiple states have also explicitly prohibited… Read More

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Iowa Farmers’ Market Development Manual

Stephanie Fenty July 12, 2017

For the consumer, farmers’ markets provide a variety of fresh produce at a reasonable price, while creating a fun social event for the community. Many consumers prefer to purchase fresh locally grown produce if given the opportunity to do so. Consumers enjoy a wide selection of products while supporting local agriculture and meeting the farmers… Read More