Study finds organic crops boost local economies

According to a Penn State University study released last week, the production of organic foods helps lower poverty and increase household incomes in rural America. Read the full report here: http://www.ota.com/hotspots   SILT also believes we can build more resilient Iowa communities through diversity in our farming landscape, our economy and our food supply. If you share ...

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Loess Hill Prairie Seminar

Please come support a great event celebrating a big milestone and learn how nature and farming can work in harmony. Registration is free! Join SILT for the 40th Annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar: Presentation1_439C6C0DBCED2 “Fascinations of the Loess Hills: Celebrating Forty Years of Nature in Western Iowa” June 3 (evening) to June 5 (noon) West Monona High ...

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Best practices for a sustainable and equitable food system

According to the Center for American Progress, training and providing land for young farmers to produce food sustainably is a best practice for creating a sustainable and equitable food system. The Center also calls for land use or zoning ordinances that can  “allow healthy food to be grown and sold in communities, allocate public space for community ...

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Organic industry is booming

“America’s organic industry is booming, creating important opportunities for farmers and ranchers and adding to the vibrancy of rural America.” wrote U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The government is increasingly investing in organic agriculture through research, grants and loans. Read more here: https://www.morningagclips.com/vilsack-on-organic-trade-assn-report/?utm_content=articles&utm_campaign=NLCampaign&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_term=newsletteredition&utm_medium=email More needs to be done, particularly around land access for beginning and aspiring farmers who want ...

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Tools to involve funders in food system work

A new tool entitled What’s the Big Deal? Assessing and Financing Regional Food Enterprises,  will help funders and investors better understand and assess regional food businesses. The goal is to see even more funders take a seat at the local foods table— including credit unions, equity investors, foundations, impact investors and angel investors. “Since 2009, USDA has ...

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Landowners Invited to SILT Farms This Summer

Iowa’s only land trust dedicated to protecting food farms announces its first SILT Showcase Series, highlighting four Sustainable Iowa Land Trust farms across the state this summer. Designed for landowners interested in leaving a legacy of sustainable food production, each day includes a farm tour, presentations by an appraiser and an attorney and a free, locally-sourced lunch. Landowners are encouraged to bring questions! See dates ...

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Federal Low Interest Financing Program Expanded to Help Farmers Reach Local Food Markets

RELEASE: FEDERAL LOW INTEREST FINANCING PROGRAM EXPANDED TO HELP FARMERS REACH LOCAL FOOD MARKETS USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that their Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program can now help finance portable storage structures, portable equipment, and storage and handling trucks in addition to continuing its longstanding capacity to finance stationary crop and cold storage ...

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