Helping beginning farmers overcome challenges

“According to a survey of more than 1,000 young farmers commissioned by the NYFC in 2011, lack of capital or lack of access to credit, as well as limited access to affordable land to buy or rent in long-term agreements were key obstacles to getting started in the industry. Many young farmers also carry student ...

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New Research Finds Climate Solutions in the Soil

We know that poor land management and the conversion of native ecosystems to agriculture can lead to release greenhouse gases. Two papers recently showed that improving agricultural management can substantially reduce these emissions and in some cases sequester carbon from the atmosphere in the soil: The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions, ...

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This Earth Day, think about what you can do for our planet

Today is the 46th observance of Earth Day: join us in supporting sustainable agriculture and protecting our land, and read this blog post by the Union of Concerned Scientists on “supporting the folks entrusted with handling the earth“. This Earth Day, Four Reasons to Bring Food and Farms to the Table  

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Ikerd on Farmland Access

SILT Adviser John Ikerd recently posted a great article he wrote about farmland access for sustainable farmers. We think you’ll recognize a lot of his solutions. What can we do now to give older farmers a decent retirement while transferring land affordably to the next generation? Let us know your thoughts. Meanwhile, contact us if you know wealthy funds or ...

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Iowa farmland values decline nearly 9%

The Iowa Realtors Land Institute farmland survey through March shows the average value of cropland fell to $6,732 an acre, 8.7 percent lower less than a year ago, or 22.5 percent lower in 2013. Farm incomes gave been dropping at even higher rates. SILT helps farmers take land access out of the equation, lowering the need for huge ...

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Mary Ellen Miller and Joe Driscoll recognized for their donation of their farms to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT).

Gov. Terry Branstad  recognized Mary Ellen Miller and Joe Driscoll on March 24 at the eighth annual “Gift to Iowa’s Future”. SILT works through land donations and ag conservation easements to protect farms as food-producing operations, now and into the future. This in turn makes that land available on favorable terms to farmers and especially to young farmers ...

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Iowa Land Access Forum

Thursday March 31st, a group of beginning farmers, organizations and service providers gathered to talk about the challenges around land access in Iowa. The conversation was facilitated by National Young Farmers Coalition‘s Holly, who asked participants about their successes and challenges around land access, as well as the opportunities they saw. Many of the priorities discussed ...

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Midland FFA Welcomes SILT

SILT President Suzan Erem didn’t know what was coming to her when the auctioneer for the Midland FFA pie auction called her to the front of the room. Pies and pans of cupcakes had been going for upwards of $150 and as high as $250 each. But the pie up for grabs at the moment was ...

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