Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Ecology Initiative

What we do: We support research, demonstration and outreach projects and research teams favoring the development and adoption of 'ecologically friendly' production systems.

OF IncrEASING INTEREST are two topics: soil health and agricultural and ecological diversity.

MORE ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE: The Ecological Systems and Research Initiative was a separate program area, now integrated with the cross-cutting program area (as of November 2015). All grants that were categorized in this program area are searchable through our main site search box.

Initiative leader: Malcolm Robertson, (515) 294-1166, malcolmr@iastate.edu

people visiting research plotsResearch on perennial prairie strips

We have a new FAQ about prairie strips, a conservation practice that uses strategically-placed native prairie plantings in crop fields, developed by the ISU STRIPS Research Team (STRIPS stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Priarie Strips). Read more about the Leopold Center's support of this research team.





Latest News from this Initiative

January 7, 2016
There is still time to register for the 2016 Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council annual conference.  This year’s event features many producer speakers sharing their grazing management experiences.  This mix of invited grazing specialists and producer speakers makes this year’s...

October 9, 2015
AMES, Iowa--The 15th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held on Nov. 22-23 on the University of Iowa (UI) campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning...

September 14, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Blank Park Zoo’s Plant.Grow.Fly. pollinator conservation project and 37 of its partners and the Latino Heritage Festival are pleased to announce the 2015 Monarch Festival. The Festival, to be held at Blank Park Zoo on Sunday, September 20 from 12-4 PM will be a celebration...