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Federal Low Interest Financing Program Expanded to Help Farmers Reach Local Food Markets

May 2, 2016

RELEASE: FEDERAL LOW INTEREST FINANCING PROGRAM EXPANDED TO HELP FARMERS REACH LOCAL FOOD MARKETS USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that their Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program can now help finance portable storage structures, portable equipment, and storage and handling trucks in addition to continuing its longstanding capacity to finance stationary crop and cold storage […]

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Helping beginning farmers overcome challenges

April 28, 2016

“According to a survey of more than 1,000 young farmers commissioned by the NYFC in 2011, lack of capital or lack of access to credit, as well as limited access to affordable land to buy or rent in long-term agreements were key obstacles to getting started in the industry. Many young farmers also carry student […]

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New Research Finds Climate Solutions in the Soil

April 25, 2016

We know that poor land management and the conversion of native ecosystems to agriculture can lead to release greenhouse gases. Two papers recently showed that improving agricultural management can substantially reduce these emissions and in some cases sequester carbon from the atmosphere in the soil: The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions, […]

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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!

April 13-23
Up! Up! Film Festival, Decorah. SILT speaks on last day. Join the conversation about land access for young farmers and see some great movies too!

April 25, 9-11 am
Community brainstorming session, Cherry Glen Learning Farm, Polk City. Join SILT, ISU, PFI and others to discuss developing urban agriculture across Iowa.

April 27
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
SILT will participate in a County Zoning Administrators Conference Panel Discussion: Local Foods, Organic Farming and County Zoning.

June 2-5
SILT presents at the 40th anniversary of the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, Onawa.