Meeting Fruit and Vegie Growers

This year’s Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers meeting had a new face in the exhibitor crowd with SILT planted neatly between Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State’s new Value Added program. SILT President Suzan Erem, board member Paul Durrenberger and volunteer Julia McGuire staffed the table and spoke to new friends about the concept ...

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Our First Executive Director

We’ll be announcing our first Executive Director in mid-February. Sign up for our email updates to learn who was chosen to lead SILT into our second year and beyond! Interested in joining SILT as we change Iowa’s landscape to one of food-producing, diverse, nature-friendly farms? Want to help create a permanent solution to the high cost of ...

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Making produce more affordable

“Explaining the Impact of USDA’s Healthy Incentives Pilot on Different Spending Outcomes,” is paper reporting spending results for the USDA’s Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP), which tested a 30% incentive on fruit and vegetable purchases with SNAP benefits. The study found that monthly spending on fruits and vegetables was $6.15 higher for randomly assigned HIP participant households ...

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SILT on the National Stage

Here’s SILT’s latest news – CNN, Mark Bittman, new staff and more! Look for us at the CNN Town Hall meeting tonight, and sign up for your own SILT updates at silt.org. In November 2014, before the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust officially launched, we took a leap of faith standing in front of 800 billionaires, millionaires and regular ...

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Federal microloan for beginning farmers

A federal microloan program designed to assist underserved farmers — including beginning farmers and ranchers, veterans, small producers and other underserved communities in agriculture — was expanded this week. The microloan program will broaden its reach by expanding the program’s eligibility requirements, simplifying the application process, and expediting approval of real estate loans. Learn more here: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/microloans/index And ...

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Video about

@Modern Farmer recently released a video about the need to support the next generation of farmers. “In the next 25 years, we’ll need more than 700,000 new farmers—but in the last five, the population’s increased by only 1,220”. Check it out here: http://modernfarmer.com/2016/01/clif-bar-farmers-speak-young-farmers/ and find how SILT helps beginning farmers get access to land by visiting our website at http://silt.org/.

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Native bee losses in Iowa

Each year more than $3 billion of the U.S. agricultural economy depends on the pollination services of native pollinators like wild bees. A newly published map shows Iowa at ground zero for native bee losses. @Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture http://www.uvm.edu/giee/?Page=news&storyID=22053&category=gund

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