mary ellen at press conference

Farm donor Mary Ellen Miller speaks as Board Member Sheila Knoploh-Odole and Beginning Farmer Jason Clasen look on at SILT’s launch announcement at Gateway Market in Des Moines.

Iowans across the state are learning about protecting their land to grow healthy food for good through newspaper, radio and TV coverage of SILT as well as on Twitter and Facebook.


A sample of our news coverage – 

  • July 20, 2015 – Cedar Rapids Gazette staff editorial on rural communities. Read what SILT Advisers Les Beck (Linn County Planner) and Harn Soper (Sustainable Farm Partners LLC) and President Suzan Erem have to offer on the subject.
  • July 17, 2015 – KJAN radio Council Bluffs. Hear SILT Board Member Denise O’Brien speak about the need to protect our land for the next generation.
  • April 3, 2015Iowa City Press Citizen quotes SILT board members Cindy Reed, Steve Lamer and adviser Dick Schwab on healthy food and SILT.
  • March 5 – This reprint of the Mason City article below appeared in the Sioux City Journal.
  • March 3Michael Libbie’s Insight on Business KRNT Des Moines discussing the need for SILT in Iowa. Listen to his podcast below.


  • Feb. 28 – The Mason City Globe Gazette highlighted area resident Mary Ellen Miller in this comprehensive piece on SILT.



  • Feb. 27 – Great coverage in the Ames Tribune about innovative ways local residents are helping build SILT.


  • Feb. 26 – the Iowa State Daily ran this story after a presentation to Iowa State Sustainable Ag Grad Students.


  • This Des Moines Register story leads with Mary Ellen Miller’s moving testimony to SILT she gave at the press conference.


  • We hit the radio news across the state with this great story as well.


  • Thank you Ben Keiffer for an excellent interview on IPR’s River to River with guests Mary Ellen Miller and John Baker, with beginning farmer Kate calling in from Okoboji!


  • This WHO-TV coverage is good, but note that we won’t limit ourselves to organic productions.


  • Then KCRG then ran this piece.