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NASA’s Animation: a Year in the Life of Earth’s CO2

November 26, 2015

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. On the video, you’ll see the increase in CO2 emissions in the fall in the northern hemisphere: harvest and leaves falling mean less CO2 absorbed by plants.

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Study Finds USDA Woefully Underfunding Research Needed to Spur Better Farming Practices

November 21, 2015

Less than 15 percent of the major external research and education grants the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded last year even touched on the science of agroecology—the science of managing agricultural lands to boost the health of the farmland and surrounding environment—according to a study published Friday in the journal Environmental Science and Policy. The […]

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New Scorecard Reveals Legislators’ Stance on Good Food Policy Issues

November 19, 2015

The Food Policy Action’s 2015 Scorecard came out yesterday! “While the average scores have increased by four points since the first scorecard was released last year, the 2015 report illustrates a Congress that has so far failed to act on major food policy reforms, including reauthorizing childhood nutrition programs and addressing the overuse of antibiotics […]

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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!

Dec. 3, 10 am and Noon
SILT President Suzan Erem speaks to Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District staff at 10 am and then the Washington IA Rotary Club, YMCA, 3rd Fl at noon.

Dec. 18, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames: Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit --Annual Event exploring community collaboration and food system development. SILT board members will speak at an afternoon breakout session on farmland access and succession.

Jan. 22-23
SILT leaders will be available to talk to you at our exhibit table at the Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference, Ames, IA. We'll also be available during and after the Farmland Legacies workshop Friday afternoon to discuss permanent protection of sustainable food producing land.