Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Ecology Initiative

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

Our competitive grant program:

Initiative leader: Jeri Neal, (515) 294-5610, wink@iastate.edu

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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. Here's a new four-page publication for general audiences about the project.. Listen to a podcast about the project. More about the Leopold Center's support of this research team.

 

Latest News from this Initiative

December 17, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of seven recently competed competitive grant projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Among the research topics were phosphorus in beef cattle manure, soil quality in alternative cropping systems, on-farm...

December 15, 2014
When planning crops, foresters speak in years, not months. Even so, results of a study conducted by Trees Forever and funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture show promise for several agroforestry crops suitable for Iowa soils and climate. Jeff Jensen, northwest Iowa field...

November 3, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Conservation and production goals are often pitted against each other, but one project is showing how the two objectives need not be mutually exclusive. “The science is showing us that we can have both,” says Iowa State University researcher Lisa Schulte Moore.