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Many of the group's activities are now offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. For information, contact Ajay Nair, ISU Horticulture, or Joe Hannan, extension field specialist.
This group involved fruit and vegetable growers and buyers and various supporting organizations. The group formed to address issues limiting the growth of these businesses and their ability to deliver products to local and regional markets. Working group members identified the most important challenges: beginning farmers; recruiting, managing and retaining good employees; postharvest handling; and improving marketing.