In this weeks “Map of the Week” by the state Legislative Service Agency, Certified Organic Operations were geo-mapped by County (by Crop, Livestock, and Handling/Processing). Iowa is a real hotbed of organic crops, processing, and livestock. Check it out here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/MOW/794228.pdf
The number of organic operations has increased by 47% from 2011 to 2016 (71% increase nation-wide). This trend towards sustainable practices needs to keep growing! 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. Join SILT in building more resilient Iowa communities through diversity in our farming landscape, our economy and our food supply.