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

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

Food Safety and Iowa Regulation Training

Emma Hansen January 26, 2018

Iowa State University has prepared a workshop that will address Iowa regulations and licensing as well as food safety from preparation to the point-of-sale. Maximum 30 participants can register for each location and registration is free. Lunch and refreshments provided. Time 8am-5pm. For more information contact Dr. Shannon Coleman, (515) 294-9011, Read More

19th Annual Iowa Farmers Market Association Workshop

Emma Hansen January 8, 2018

The Iowa Farmers Market Association is holding their annual conference on Feb 3, 2018 at the Grace Lutheran Church- 3010 52nd Street, Des Moines- from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Lunch and break snacks are provided as part of your registration.  Early registration is $40 until January 22, 2018. After the 22nd, and for walk-ins, the cost of admission is $50. … Read More

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2018 Great Plains Growers Conference: Jan. 11th- 13th

Allie Vrtachnik January 3, 2018

“The Great Plains Growers Conference (GPGC) is a combination of two great conferences:  Great Plains Vegetable Conference and Mid-America Fruit Conference.  The three-day conference features presentations by knowledgeable speakers from throughout the nation. The conference showcases educational information from all five states:  Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota, along with vegetable specialists and growers from those… Read More

Meet Dottie and Dawn of 2 Old Broads Provisions

Allie Vrtachnik August 16, 2017

  Dottie Johnson and Dawn Law grew up city girls- though both had ties to farming early on. Dottie wanted to be a farmers since she was 10 (with the 6th grade bibliography to prove it), and the best parts of Dawn’s childhood summers were spent on her grandparents farm. Both ladies ventured into farming… Read More

Meet Jenny Quiner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens

Allie Vrtachnik August 3, 2017

Farm“her” Jenny Quiner, a Des Moines native, has been busy digging at D.U.G.– that is Dogpatch Urban Gardens. Busily in her second season, she has embraced small-scale farming and completely utilizes the farm’s 1/4th acre. “Small-scale farming has its advantages because it allows for me to ‘know my crops’,” explains Jenny. “Since the land is… Read More

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Jen O'Brien July 11, 2017

New Options & Streamlined Application for the SNAP EBT Equipment Program The Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program, funded by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and administered by the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), has provided equipment necessary to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) to more than 1,300 farmers markets and direct marketing… Read More