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SILT Announces Farmer Vetting Policy

April 26, 2017

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust announced today the publication of its much-anticipated SILT FARMER VETTING POLICY. For more than two years, young and disadvantaged farmers around Iowa have been asking what SILT will require to farm its farms. Applicants with no long-term access to land but who have experience and a business plan will make the first cut. The SILT Farmer ...

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SILT in the News

April 18, 2017

SILT has been making waves across the country and across the “pond!”  In addition to our very own feature in Civil Eats last month, great stories in the Manchester Guardian and Rodale Institute’s This Organic Life brought readers news of the innovative land access work we’re doing here in Iowa. SILT  provides affordable land access to ...

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“Letters to a Young Farmer”

SILT proudly announces the arrival of a wonderful book called “Letters to a Young Farmer,” featuring three dozen esteemed writers, farmers, chefs, activists, and visionaries who address the highs and lows of farming life, as well as larger questions of how our food is produced and consumed. One of those visionaries is Iowa’s own Fred Kirschenmann. Watch for a ...

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Upcoming Events

We promote events we believe are of interest to SILT supporters as space permits. SILT speakers are available for your regular meeting, program or conference and to talk to the media. Contact us at with details.

April 26-27 Land Access Innovations
SILT executive director Sheila Knoploh-Odole is attending a national conference on land access. Vermont.

May 17, SILT Working Buffers Program unveiling
By invitation only to water quality and local food leaders. SILT office, Urbandale. Contact us at

May 22, Growing Local Innovation Food Policy Forum
6 – 7:30 pm. Cedar Rapids Public Library 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

June 8, Western Iowa Landowner Seminar
6 - 8:30 pm. Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek. Light dinner provided. RSVP to

June 13-15, Changing Lands, Changing Hands Conference, Colorado
SILT President Suzan Erem presents with a panel on innovative ways to use easements for land access.

SILT Showcase Series
Atlantic, June 21, 10 am - 2 pm. Garber, July 12, 10 am - 2 pm, Mt. Vernon Aug. 13, 2 pm - 5 pm and Wapello Sept. 20, 10 am - 2 pm.