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Good Food Org Guide

October 18, 2016

SILT is now listed in Food Tank’s annual Good Food Org Guide, along with our friends, neighbors and allies at @Iowa Organic Association, @Southwest Iowa Food and Farm Initiative and @Eat Greater Des Moines. http://goodfoodorgguide.com/listings/  

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Des Moines Register Editorial: “Don’t expect Iowa farmers to ‘feed the world'”

October 13, 2016

Today’s editorial says: “The claim that U.S. agriculture “feeds the world” is not a harmless myth. It provides a moral justification for continuing practices that have harmed Iowa’s environment and led to low prices for farmers. It also can be used as political ammunition.” http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/10/09/editorial-dont-expect-iowa-farmers-feed-world/91735242/?hootPostID=ae4802f80eb8b818c9e57407af733e3c This kind of discourse also hides the fact that 1 ...

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Big Food Strikes Back – NY Times Food series

October 10, 2016

Michael Pollan, a writer and food activist wrote a great summary of the  writes a summary of how “Big Food” lobies can fight back any attempt to regulate them.   “A food system organized around subsidized monocultures of corn and soy […] guzzled tremendous amounts of fossil fuel (for everything from the chemical fertilizer and pesticide ...

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The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture

October 7, 2016

This food systems series by the New York Time Magazines is worth taking a look at… “Our industrialized food system nourishes more people, at lower cost, than any comparable system in history. It also exerts a terrifyingly massive influence on our health and our environment. Photographer George Steinmetz spent nearly a year traveling the country ...

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USDA’s report on U.S. Farmland Ownership, Tenure, and Transfer sheds light on major barriers to land access

October 3, 2016

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) recently published a report analyzing the trends in U.S. farmland ownership and land tenure drawn from USDA’s 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey. Amongst other findings, the report shows that one in three acres in the U.S. is rented, and that most (80%) of the land rented is ...

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FDA Finds Monsanto’s Weed Killer In U.S. Honey

September 21, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration, while testing samples of U.S. food for the presence of glyphosate, found residues of this weed killer in honey samples from various locations. The glyphosate reside levels found were double the limit allowed in the European Union (there is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the United States). Read more ...

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FSA announces additional funding for loan program

September 8, 2016

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced last Friday that they are transferring additional funding into their direct farm operating loan program. This program loans money to farmers to help them pay for farm operating expenses and equipment when they cannot find a farm loan with another lender. http://www.youngfarmers.org/fsa-announces-funding-for-crucial-loan-program/ SILT helps farmers access land to start ...

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SILT Showcase day on September 12th

September 6, 2016

Join us for the last showcase day of the season in Corydon. Like the previous three, this showcase day will offer Iowa landowners interested in permanently protecting their land for sustainable food production an opportunity to speak with an attorney and an appraiser. Monday, Sept. 12    10 am – 2 pm 1760 Ohio St. Corydon Includes ...

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