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“The Trouble with Iowa”, by Richard Manning

February 8, 2016

Richard Manning’s article, “The Trouble with Iowa” in Harper’s, is a great read. Manning covers challenges we face beyond caucus season in Iowa: water quality, avian influenza, Big Ag, political roadblocks, GMOs, etc. Learn how SILT promotes sustainable agriculture and a future for farmers and consumers.

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New UCS Study Finds $3 Billion Boon to Iowa’s Economy if Supermarkets, Restaurants and Schools Bought More Locally Grown Food

February 2, 2016

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists report, “Growing Economies: Connecting Local Farmers and Large-Scale Food Buyers to Create Jobs and Revitalize America’s Heartland,” smart public policies that connect local farmers to large food buyers such as supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals and school districts can help bring back midsize farms, create thousands of jobs and boost […]

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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!

Feb. 4
Come join the conversation at the Alliances - Johnson County Food Systems meeting, Montgomery Hall, fairgrounds. Refreshments at 5 pm. Discussion at 7.

Feb. 6, 9 am to 3 pm
Join SILT in Wisconsin! We're co-sponsoring the Tri-state Local Food Summit Sinsinawa Mound, Wis.

Feb. 13
Select SILT board members will be attending ISU's first Small Farms Conference, Scheman Center, Ames. It's OK! Approach them about how you can protect your small farm for good.

Feb. 20
SILT joins Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation in Clayton County to describe what a conservation easement is and what the two organizations can offer to protect land for good.

March 1-3
SILT will greet the estimated 18,000 attendees to the Hawkeye Farm Show at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Volunteers please contact us if you can cover a few hours of the table. We'll train.