FSA Microloans expanded

SILT helps farmers access land to grow healthy food in Iowa. Some USDA programs help farmers get started, such as FSA’s microloan program tailored especially to borrowers who have small or medium-sized needs. With its streamlined paperwork, no mandatory minimum amount and up to $50,000 in borrowing authority, microloans are one of the most popular ...

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New USDA toolkit helps communities measure the economic benefits of local food

The Local Food System Toolkit was developed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to help communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems. The Local Food System Toolkit provides detailed guidance in seven modules to measure and assess the expected economic impacts of local food investments. Using real-world projects, ...

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Young Farmer Feedback Needed

What challenges do young farmers face when it comes to land access in Iowa? Who’s working to solve the problem? What do those solutions looks like? If you’re a young farmer, or any farmer struggling with access to land, please take a Friday afternoon to attend  a forum that addresses your concerns. This event organized by the Iowa Farmers Union, ...

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Cash-strapped farmers struggle to pay cropland rents

Iowa farmland rent climbed 50% over the past five years. Grain prices have sunk 50 percent or more since 2012, but the cash rents have been slower to decline. A recent article in the DSM Register highlights how cash-strapped farmers are struggling to pay cropland rent. Diversified farms can help hedge against commodity price swings… Consider protecting ...

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Women who farm

Women Who Farm! seeks to celebrate women who are leading the local food movement. This website is looking for women who farm to share their stories, for writers to share articles through their online platform connected with Over Grow The System. Find out more here: http://www.overgrowthesystem.com/women-who-farm#wome-who-farm and learn how SILT supports beginning farmers.

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We can’t keep losing farmland and agriculture students

A report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed that total farmland in the United States has decreased by 1 million acres since 2014. Learn how SILT’s plan protects farmland. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/270771-we-cant-keep-losing-farmland-and-agriculture-students

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Finding Innovative Farm Transition Solutions

“In order for a beginning farmer to purchase land, many moving pieces must come together such as land for sale, purchase price, loans and finances—and all of this must happen at the right time for both the buyer and seller. However, there are a lot of creative solutions that could be pursued to help a ...

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New generations set the tone for healthier lifestyles

A recent article in Agriculture.com highlights the changing habits in ‘new’ generations. “Solid research says the millennials’ pursuit of a healthier lifestyle is filtering up and down the generational ladder. The kids of millennials will eat the way their parents train them. Here’s the biggie: Millennials are teaching their parents – the boomers – how to ...

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Slow Money and SILT

Congratulations Slow Money on your great coverage in the Green Money Journal and thanks for your early support of SILT! Look for SILT in an upcoming issue of Green Money Journal!

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