SILT’s Approach to Clean Water: Clean Food

Des Moines Register Aug. 26, 2016 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is the latest public figure to try shaming Iowa for its lack of attention to water quality. But he can’t name the last Iowa governor — including himself — who considered anything but corn, beans, hogs and tractors as the top export products for our ...

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Iowa farmers planting fruits, vegetables over corn, soybeans

More and more farmers are diversifying their crop mix and growing vegetables. This allows them to avoid the price volatility of corn and soybeans. Last week, the Des Moines Register published an article showcasing crop farmers who had decided to diversify. “During the Agriculture Department’s census released in 2012, the federal government estimated that more ...

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Happy Farmers Market week!

Don’t forget to go to your farmers market this weekend and thank your farmer! https://www.ams.usda.gov/event/national-farmers-market-week-2016  Go to: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/life/living-well/2014/05/02/list-iowa-farmers-markets/8619993/ to find a farmers market near you.

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Third Showcase Breaks 100!

SILT’s third Showcase Day brought the total number of attendees interested in protecting their land to grow healthy food to more than 110 in the first three of SILT’s four inaugural events. Saturday’s event drew 30 guests and volunteers who walked a young orchard and learned from SILT founders Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice, owners of Red Fern Farm near Wapello. Landowner ...

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