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Farm matched – One farm still available

February 1, 2017

SILT has already matched two of its three farms, the latest in NE Iowa. Last week, Will Lorentzen and his wife Adrian White moved the last of their belongings to Garber (bumping Garber’s population up by more than 2 percent!) Will plans to farm by limiting his tillage footprint while still producing food for market, including shiitake ...

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It’s About People Coming Together

December 21, 2016

120 people attended the SILT dinner this year to honor our third land donor, Steve Beaumont, who brought our total acres protected to 115 in just two years. The celebration came on the heels of a day-long planning session that welcomed 7 new board members and 40 volunteers who set SILT’s goals for protecting more land to ...

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Decline in farmland values – how will we protect it?

December 15, 2016

“Iowa’s average farmland value declined for the third year in a row, down 5.9 percent to $7,183 an acre over the past year. It’s the first time since the 1980s farm crisis that land values have fallen three straight years, according to an Iowa State University report released Tuesday.”* Imagine an Iowa where our land price fluctuations weren’t based on ...

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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.

March 22-23, Iowa Water Conference, Ames
Look for SILT Executive Director Sheila Knoploh-Odole at the SILT display. Scheman Building, Iowa State University campus.

March 24, Pecha Kucha, Omaha, 7 pm
Join Loess Hills Farm donor Joe Driscoll as he tells the story of the farm. Sponsored by the Green Omaha Coalition. Slowdown Frontroom, 729 N. 14th St. Omaha

March 29, Iowa Environmental/REAP Lobby day, Iowa State Capitol, 8 am
Join Iowa's many environmental and sustainability allies to raise concerns and discuss issues with Iowa legislators.

March 30, Ag Concentration Lobby Day, 9:30
Concerned about the corporate consolidation going on in agriculture? Hear the latest from the Attorney General's office about how attorneys general from around the country are putting up a fight. Then visit Sen. Chuck Grassley's office to voice your concern. Starts at the Hoover Building, 1305 E. Walnut, Des Moines.

March 27, How to Grow your Cooperative Farm, webinar, 7 pm
Learn how to share the risks and the rewards with farmers like you. Go to Iowa Farmers Union Cooperative Training In-person classes scheduled in Ames, April 3 and Coralville April 4.

Save the Dates!
SILT Showcase Series this summer - Atlantic, June 21, Garber, July 12, Mt. Vernon Aug. 13 and Wapello Sept. 20.