USDA Beginning farmer website revamped

USDA’s “New Farmers” website helps individuals and organizations find the resources they need to get started. A Discovery Tool allows people to personalize their search. Resources for Women in Ag, Youth, and Veterans are easily accessible. Find how SILT supports beginning farmers and how you can help here. https://newfarmers.usda.gov/ 

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The Rising Tide of Female Farmers

The number of women farmers, and women who own farms, has risen dramatically in the last four decades. This trend, and these numbers, has spurred the  U.S. Department of Agriculture to look more closely at the whos, hows, and why of this possible demographic transition. Read more about how women are starting farm operations or inheriting ...

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Climate and Agriculture Research

ISU recently published a set of online resources about climate and cropping systems that were developed out of a multi-state USDA funded project on climate and corn-based cropping systems.  Find out about the impact of climate change on the corn belt, farmer perspectives on climate change, and a lot more information about resilient agriculture here: http://store.extension.iastate.edu/Topic/Environment/Climate-and-Agriculture And find ...

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Mary Ellen Miller Signs Land Over to SILT

Mary Ellen Miller was the first person to ever say she would donate her land to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust. That was in December 2014, before SILT even existed. Then she told scores of Iowa media at SILT’s official launch in late January and on IPR that week. Then she was honored for her generous gesture at SILT’s ...

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NFU frustrated by DuPont-Dow merger

“National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson expressed frustration today with the announcement that Dupont and Dow Chemical announced a definitive agreement to unite their two companies into one, reducing the number of agriculture companies selling seed and crop protection technologies to family farmers from only six to five. […] Johnson noted that having just five ...

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Our Broken Food System (and how to fix it) by the UCS

The Union of Concerned Scientists recently released a video narrated by the fantastic Dr. Ricardo Salvador. “An astonishing 1 in 3 kids today will develop diabetes in their lifetimes, while the country’s dominant agricultural practices pollute our water and degrade our soil. These symptoms of our broken food system are largely the result of federal ...

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United Nations Report Reveals Serious Threat to Soils

From NSAC “World Soil Day, celebrated on December 4, marked the end of the United Nations (UN) International Year of Soils, but a new report finds that much more work is necessary to boost soil health across the globe. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils recently published a report that illuminates multiple threats to ...

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Join us at the Ag Urbanism Toolkit Event next Friday

ISU Community Design Lab, Extension Local Foods team and the Leopold Center are hosting the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Annual Event-  Friday, December 18th from 9:00-4:00 at Reiman Gardens in Ames.  This event is FREE and open to the public. SILT will present on land transitions at an afternoon breakout session.   Registration is required by tomorrow ...

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Mary Ellen Miller’s land donation in the Daily Iowegean

Mary Ellen Miller’s land donation was featured in the Daily Iowegean! Check it out: http://www.dailyiowegian.com/news/local_news/a-sister-completes-her-brother-s-dream/article_945002a4-a9a4-5a2d-9481-eb6441a63398.html “I just can’t tell you how blessed I feel,” Miller said. “This was not a part of my life plan, but what I will tell you is that for 25 years my mission has been to find some way to do ...

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“Minimum Viable Farming”

Well-established farmers, and those approaching retirement, are often looking for peace of mind when it comes to keeping the farm in the family, financial security in retirement, and being fair to their heirs. SILT offers alternatives that mean farmers don’t have to sell their farm to retire: A land donation with reserve life estate allows farmers to ...

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