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Iowa farmers planting fruits, vegetables over corn, soybeans

August 22, 2016

More and more farmers are diversifying their crop mix and growing vegetables. This allows them to avoid the price volatility of corn and soybeans. Last week, the Des Moines Register published an article showcasing crop farmers who had decided to diversify. “During the Agriculture Department’s census released in 2012, the federal government estimated that more […]

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Happy Farmers Market week!

August 12, 2016

Don’t forget to go to your farmers market this weekend and thank your farmer!  Go to: to find a farmers market near you.

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Upcoming Events

SILT speakers are available for your regular meeting, program or conference and to talk to the media. Contact us at with details!

Aug. 6, 10 am - 2 pm with lunch
SILT's third Showcase Day - West Branch, IA - Landowners are invited to a farm tour, lunch and presentations by attorney David Bright and Dan Dvorak of Iowa Appraisals who is available for questions. Hosted by Suzan Erem, Paul Durrenberger, Kathy Dice and Tom Wahl. Details and RSVP here.

Sat. Aug. 13, 9-12 plus lunch
Lend a Hand to the Land. Join land trusts from around Iowa to help fend off invasive species in Whiterock Conservancy's prairie near Coon Rapids. SILT supporters encouraged to attend and represent nature-friendly farmers! More information and RSVP here.

Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-4
Fairfest and Planetary Local Food Summit, Fairfield - Three days of great music with Buddy Guy, Donovan and Greg Brown combined with local eating, investing and organizing around food. A Future of Food expert panel, including SILT Adviser Francis Thicke and President Suzan Erem, local tours and keynote by Raj Patel - all contributing to investing in and maintaining a local food movement, literally from the ground up.

Monday, Sept. 12, 10-2 with lunch
SILT's last Showcase Day - Corydon, IA - Landowners are invited to a farm tour, lunch and presentations by attorney Ed Cox and appraiser Dan Dvorak. Hosted by land donor Mary Ellen Miller. Details and RSVP here.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7:30 pm
"Why Local Food Will Fade and How We can Save It." Hosted by the Iowa City area Sierra Club, SILT President Suzan Erem will talk at the Iowa City Public Library during Eat, Drink Local Week.