About Farm to ISU

Farm to ISU Mission Statement

To promote the interaction between local producers and ISU, through increasing our purchases of local products that can be sourced within Iowa.  This in turn strengthens Iowa's economy as well as provides fresh, local options to our students and staff; connecting Iowa State University to rural and urban Iowa communities around the state.

Ultimate Goals

  • To source products to local origin within the state of Iowa
  • Provide fresh, local products to the Iowa State University community
  • Strengthen Iowa's economy through the purchases of local products from producers, companes, and local entrepreneurs
  • Connect Iowa State University faculty, staff, and students to rural and urban communities

Our Definitions

  • Iowa Local - products are manufactured and/or processed in Iowa, as well as distributed from a location within Iowa.
  • Farm to ISU - components of product must be grown/raised in Iowa, and product's origion is traced directly to a farm (ex. Deal's Orchard: Jefferson, IA; originated in 1930, owned by Jerald and Cindy Deal)
  • Regional - 500 mile radius around Ames
  • USDA Specialty Crops – http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/scbgpdefinitions
    • Fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture"
  • USDA Organic – certified USDA Organic http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop
    • Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.  Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used
  • USDA Sustainable Agriculture- http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/ag_systems/in_focus/sustain_ag_if_legal.html
    • An integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific supplication that will over the long-term achieve the following goals: 1. Satisfy human food and fiber needs, 2. Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends, 3. Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls, 4. Sustain the economic viability of farm operations, and 5. Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole