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Our vision is of a "new generation" food and agricultural system that meets the challenges of the 21st century with more productive and profitable farms, ecologically resilient landscapes and healthy rural communities.
What we do: We support research, demonstration and outreach projects and research teams favoring the development and adoption of 'ecologically friendly' production systems.
FUNDING PHILOSOPHY: Our work generally falls in one of two categories: doing it better, or doing it differently. We prefer a combination of the two, researching how to do agriculture differently AND better. ‘Differently, and better’ is where we think sustainability starts. It begins to create the "new generation" in our vision statement. More about the initiative [PDF of powerpoint presentation/notes]
OF IncrEASING INTEREST are two topics: soil health and agricultural and ecological diversity.
The bottom line is Leopold's Land Ethic: We refer to the writings and observations of our namesake, Aldo Leopold, for both inspiration and arbitration! Learn more
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Initiative leader: Jeri Neal, (515) 294-5610, email@example.com
Research on a new conservation practice at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge continues to attract visitors and interest of others who want to try it on their land. Visitors from the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota toured the plots in July. Listen to a podcast that updates this project. More about the Leopold Center's support of this research team.