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

February 12, 2016
Planting short duration cover crops can provide multiple benefits to growers who employ them in their fields. Cover crops can improve soil and water conservation efforts, organic matter input, nitrogen fixation, weed suppression and bio-fumigation, providing not only better yields but a healthier...

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...