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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

The law affects sustainable, local food producers in many ways, and farmers need information on how to deal with these concerns. Tarrant County Extension will present this webinar series through Farm Commons and Attorney Rachel Armstrong, this winter that will help farmers and small processors identify some common concerns. Webinars are hosted at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Tarrant County Extension office located at 200 Taylor Street, Suite 500 in Fort Worth. Topics include: Establishing partnerships, Insurance issues, Intern and volunteer issues, Food safety liability issues, and Sales strategies. Several topics will have local presenters in addition to the webinar.

On January 19 Armstrong will discuss doing farm work with interns and volunteers, and how to build a legally compliant intern or volunteer program for your farm.

On February 2, beginning at 1:15 p.m., Armstrong will review the Food Safety Modernization Act. With the final regulations out, she will dive in and figure out what they mean for your business. She will also dicuss food safety beyond FSMA, including how food safety incidents play out and how to protect yourself.

On February 9, the discussion will how around the country, local food is picking up steam. As consumers, restaurants, grocery stores and schools buy more product, producers need clear infomraiton on their obligations and expectations. Lear how to build a strong relationship with buyers to ensure that they become life-long customers and advocates of your products. Don’t like the idea of using formal contracts? No problem, we will emphasize more informal sales through basic availability sheets and invoices. We will also go over how to make sure you get paid, and what to do if things go wrong.

The final webinar on February 23 will cover how producers can use contract for planning ahead of production and how some of the strongest, most resilient farm businesses sell all their product before they drop a single seed in the ground. You will learn the legal ins and outs of these relationships and explore the unique sales arrangements farmers are creating such as selling their labor or services, as well as participating in priority systems for sales.

There is no charge for the program; however, pre-registration by 4 p.m. the day prior to the program is required. If less then five registrations, the program will be canceled. Make your registration on-line at:

For more information contact the Tarrant County Extension Office at 817.884.1946.




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