Today’s Farm Crisis
While the local food movement grows in Iowa, the source of that food is in danger.
- Iowa is losing 25 acres of farmland each day to development – precisely the land our market farmers need.
- Every year, we allow up to 5 tons of top soil per acre to blow or wash away.
- Iowa suffers some of the worst water quality in the country. We are among the top contributing states to the algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico.
- We import more than 90 percent of our food from out of state.
- More than 90 percent of our fruit and nut production and nearly 80 percent of our vegetable production in the country happens in counties threatened by development
- Iowa’s volatile land prices are driving young people away from their dream of becoming fruit and vegetable farmers.
- More than half of our farmland is owned by people over 65 and one-third is owned by people over 75, yet leaders have not stepped forward to address how we will keep this land producing food for the next generation.
Our natural environment has taught us that diversity builds resilience. The leaders of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust believe we can build more resilient Iowa communities through diversity in our farming landscape, our economy and our food supply.
If you share our concern, please contact us today about how you can help turn the tide in Iowa, before it’s too late.