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 Resources

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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

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Iowa Farmers Markets Requirements

Stephanie Fenty July 11, 2017

List of products that may and may not be sold at a farmers market to consumer customers without being licensed as a food establishment at the market location. Read More

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Lakes Area Farmers’ Market

Stephanie Fenty July 11, 2017

Lakes Area Farmers’ Market Rules and Procedures Read More

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Horticulture and Farmers Market Bureau Organizers & Managers Resource Information

Stephanie Fenty July 11, 2017

Exploring the possibility of establishing a farmers market in your community?  Or are you a manager needing information to help you in managing your successful market? On this site you’ll find materials that will help you establish a farmers market, provide contacts for issues related to markets and also articles that will help in the… Read More

Temporary Food Service Establishments and Farmer’s Markets Operator’s Guidelines

June 15, 2017

This report, prepared by the Iowa Food Safety Task Force, outlines food safety best practices and licensing in the state of Iowa. 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