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Iowa DBIA State Collaborators - Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Economic Development Financing and Resources

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)

  • High Quality Jobs Program - Alaina Santizo, Program Manager, 515-348-6162
  • Targeted Jobs Withholding Tax Credit Program
  • 260E New Jobs Training Program
  • Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE)
  • Local Property Tax Exemption or Abatement

Iowa State Small Business Administration (SBA) Office

Iowa Works (Workforce Agency)

  • Post open positions in your company, wage rates, wage subsidy programs, employee handbook information, training program subsidies, regulatory requirements for hiring employees

SBA 504 Certified Development Corporations (CDCs)

USDA Rural Development – Iowa State Office

Exporting Dairy Product Resources

Iowa Economic Development Authority

  • Contact: Brad Frisvold, Marketing Manager, Agriculture, International Trade Office, 515-348-6241
  • Providing services to assist Iowa companies interested in developing or expanding their export business
  • Services: Individual consultation, educational seminars, customized training sessions, general market information, industry/market analysis, agency/distributor/sales associate search, customized business appointments, financial assistance
  • Trade Resources: directory of exporters, international service directory, trade and travel updates
  • Educational seminars, trade shows, trade missions, virtual matchmaking program
  • Market Trade Assistance Program (MTAP) grants: website, brochures, advertising, trademark support contracts
Food Safety, Quality, Regulatory Resources

Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS)

  • Contact: Kate Ehlts, Sanitation Ratings Office, Des Moines Office: 515-281-3545
  • All Iowa dairy plants that are processing dairy products for sale, must be permitted by IDALS-Dairy Bureau. There is a permit fee to cover administration costs, inspections, sampling, pasteurizer testing/sealing, lab evaluations, etc. Call: 515-281-3545 for current dairy plant permit fee.
  • Rules and regulations
  • Recall Program (required by FSMA): Contact Matthew Sleeter, FDA Regional Coordinator IA, 913-495-5151

Iowa State University - Center for Industrial Research and Service

  • Resource for help with start-up, marketing, business plans, grant writing, etc.
Product Development Resources

Iowa State University - Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center

  • Micro-creamery, 800-sq ft IDALS-licensed facility for commercial production of ice cream, cheese, processing and product development consulting, shelf-life estimation, training and consumer sensory evaluation testing
  • Contact: Stephanie Clark, Associate Director of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center