Popcorn in Iowa

Growing, Processing and Marketing Popcorn in Iowa

Jim FitkinMonday, Aug. 21 | 10 a.m.-Noon

Hosts: Jim & Debbie Fitkin, daughters Lora & Jennifer Fitkin and Jim’s father, Wayne Fitkin

Address: 5400 Ford Rd. | Cedar Falls, IA 50613


Jim Fitkin raises corn and soybeans – and most importantly, popcorn – near Cedar Falls, Iowa. Starting with bagged kernels at some area Hy-Vees, Jim now sells Fit-Pop kernels, popped corn and microwave popcorn directly to consumers and through a number of retail outlets. At this field day, Jim will discuss the similarities between growing popcorn and field corn. He’ll also discuss popcorn variety selection, how to process popcorn for retail sales and marketing. Attendees will see popcorn growing in the field and Jim’s set-up for popcorn processing.

Lunch will follow the field day.

See & Discuss:

  • Selecting popcorn varieties
  • Growing and marketing popcorn
  • Popcorn processing infrastructure
  • Year 1 of a research trial: perennial cover crops in corn-soy-popcorn

Sponsored by: 

  • Iowa Corn Growers Association