October 24, 2016
Announcing a new loan program, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says: “These EZ Guarantee Loans will help beginning and underserved farmers obtain the capital they need to get their operations off the ground, and they can also be helpful to those who have been farming for some time but need extra help to expand or modernize ...
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/
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
September 1, 2016
Join SILT to discuss the future of local foods at Fairfield’s Local Food Summit this weekend! Details here.