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  • PO Box 306, 101 Main St. West Branch, IA 52358
  • (319) 800-8108
  • PO Box 306, 101 Main St. West Branch, IA 52358
  • 319.800.8108


Free Report: What food does your land want to grow?

SILT now offers free consultations to Iowa’s rural landowners!

Learn what table food your land wants to grow in the most sustainable way possible. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, beef, poultry and more!

A SILT Farm Specialist will

  • Visit your farm with you
  • Discuss your interests
  • Study the soils, slopes, aspects and location of your land.
  • Produce a free report full of maps and resources you can use with tenants and partners.
  • No strings attached. No commitment necessary.

Contact Joe Klingelhutz at joe@silt.org or (319) 800-8108

Brought to you by the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

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SILT is here for landowners who want to change the landscape of Iowa. 

Multiple heirs living in distant cities, the value of the land, healthcare costs and other complicating factors make the future of your land a tough decision.

SILT provides peace of mind when it comes to

  • keeping the farm in the family
  • financial security in retirement
  • leaving a legacy
  • being fair to your heirs
  • improving Iowa’s soil and water quality
  • creating new opportunity in our rural communities
  • growing food Iowans can eat

Call us at (319) 800-8108 for more information. 

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There are Many Ways to Protect Your Land

Donating some or all of your land to SILT can allow you to

  • stay on your land for as long as you like
  • enjoy the benefits of a significant charitable tax deduction
  • reduce the capital gains liability of selling other parcels
  • take the value of the farm out of the expense of your estate
  • reduce the chance for strife among heirs
  • leave a food-producing legacy for all Iowans
  • protect your farmland from getting re-zoned
  • and requires only one appraisal and only if you plan to take advantage of available tax incentives

Attaching a land protection agreement, called a sustainable ag conservation easement, to your deed allows you to

  • keep ownership of the land to sell or pass on
  • reduce the value of the land for future farmers and for estate planning purposes
  • protect your farm as a farm no matter who owns it in the future
  • requires an appraisal for full value and for protected value if you plan to utilize available tax incentives

Will the next person be the steward you have been?

Pressure from growing communities and bigger farms, children and siblings who’ve moved away, family LLCs or Trusts that have have grown large and distant – these are often reasons to sell. But the family farm doesn’t have to disappear.

Gives your farm its own guardian – an organization with a moral mission and legal responsibility to protect your land in perpetuity.

Contact us today to begin the conversation about how SILT can fit into your plans to transition your farm to the next generation.