Farms that grow strawberries, hops, cut flowers and mushrooms? No, it’s not California — it’s the type of crop diversity found on family farms right here in Iowa. For those seeking to explore ways to step into agriculture through alternative crops and livestock markets, consider attending Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s Acres of Opportunity conference. Scheduled for March 28 at the Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, the daylong conference will feature a variety of small Iowa farm owners as well as experts on farm business management. Registration is free for Iowa Farm Bureau members and $55 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, visit the Acres of Opportunity conference site here.