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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. 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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SILT’s Approach to Clean Water: Clean Food

August 28, 2016

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

August 22, 2016

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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