Plan Information

TermDefinition of TermDatabase entry
Plan RegionRegional scope of planIowa
Publication DateYear that plan was originally published2011
Plan TitleFormal title of the published plan/documentIowa Local Food & Farm Plan
WebpageIf applicable, webpage associated with the plan/planning projecthttps://www.extension.iastate.edu/ffed/local-food-and-farm-initiative-lffi-reports/
AuthorsListed author(s) of the plan, and descriptions as applicableLeopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, mandated and sponsored by the Iowa legislature
Author Type Category types: [Partnership; University; Government; Non-profit; Network; Food Policy Council]University
Region Type [Inter-state; State; City: County]State
Culture Shift (Good Food Movement);Public messaging, marketing;Good/Local Food Economies;Public Procurement;Local brand promotion[Foundations, State Government; Municipal Government; Federal Government; Individual Donors; State University; Private University; Non-profit organizations/entities; Unspecified]Iowa State Legislature
Culture Shift (Good Food Movement);Public messaging, marketing;Good/Local Food Economies;Public Procurement;Local brand promotionCompiled list of fundersIowa State Legislature
Culture Shift (Good Food Movement);Public messaging, marketing;Good/Local Food Economies;Public Procurement;Local brand promotionTotal amount of fundingUnspecified
Plan GoalsOverarching goals of the plan/recommendationsAccording to the legislative mandate, to offer “policy and funding recommendations for supporting and expanding local food systems and for assessing and overcoming obstacles necessary to increase locally grown food production” (5). This plan is part of the larger Local Food and Farm Initiative (LFFI), the goals of which are to: 
“1. Promote the expansion of the production of local foods, including the production, processing, distribution and marketing of Iowa products. 2. Increase consumer and institutional spending on Iowa-produced and marketed foods.3. Increase the profitability of farmers and businesses engaged in enterprises related to producing, processing, distributing and marketing local food.4. Increase the number of jobs in this state’s farm and business economies associated with producing, processing, distributing and marketing local food.”
(Via https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ffed/local-food-and-farm-initiative-lffi-reports/)
Intended AudienceWho is this plan written for?Government (Iowa state legislature)
Plan Recommendation StructureOverview of how recommendations are structured within the written document,, i.e.: “5 goals, each with strategies and sub-recommendations”, etc.Recommendations across three type-based sections (1. for state appropriations; 2. to create a Local Foodand Farm Advisory Board and a LocalFood and Farm Program Fund; and 3. for operation ofthe Plan). Each recommendation includes a description, justification, and funding strategies, and is categorized as either “short-term” or “long-term.” 
Catalyst for PlanAny important events that led to the creation of the plan, its funding, etc.The Iowa legislature passed an amendment in 2010 mandating that the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University develop a Local Food and Farm Plan for the state of Iowa (9). 
Creation ProcessThe process by which this document was created, including Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.Outreach and input from 1,000+ individuals via working sessions, workshops, listening sessions, one-on-one visits, and surveys. Using this input, an initial draft was written. This draft was distributed to representatives from 21 relevant state agencies, institutions, and organizations for review. Feedback was provided via one-on-one meetings and integrated into the final draft of the plan. 
The complete methodology is laid out in detail on pages 40-44 of the plan itself. 
Theoretical Framework  [Collective Impact Framework; Transformative Scenario Planning; Human Centered Design; Design Thinking; Systems Thinking; Other; N/A]Unspecified
Theoretical Framework: LiteratureIf included, what literature did the report use as a theoretical framework?Unspecified
Development TimelineLength of time it took for the plan to be created and published.1 year
Implementation StrategyArticulated strategies used to implement the recommendations.The Local Food and Farm Program, under the Local Food and Farm Initiative (LFFI), part of ISU, is responsible for oversight and coordination of the plan’s recommendations. At the outset of the program (2012), The Local Food and Farm Program State Coordinator, along with a Local Food and Farm Program Team of six food system section leaders, was responsible for this work. (Detailed in the 2012 preliminary report: https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/server/api/core/bitstreams/de20617d-07e0-4cd7-a5be-aa527ddb93e9/content) 
Implementation TimelineRecommended length of time for Plan to be implemented by.Unspecified
Evaluation StrategyEstablished strategy for monitoring and evaluating plan implementation post-publication.Recommendations 3.20-3.26 of the plan focus on assessing progress via data collection and infrastructure. 
Each year, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU reports to the legislature on the Local Food and Farm Program. Annual reports, up to 2020, are available at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ffed/local-food-and-farm-initiative-lffi-reports/  
Supplemental Documents (to be attached within the AirTable)Supplemental documents that were published by the FSP group or corresponding organizations, and/or any document that provided background information and research to inform the analyzed plan.Local Food and Farm Program: Preliminary Report to the Iowa Legislature
StatusIs the plan considered active? Is it currently being used, phased out, or is there an update in progress?Active but transitioning to a new plan – last report on the Local Food and Farm Initiative was in 2020