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

people visiting research plotsResearch on strips

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


Latest News from this Initiative

August 18, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Livestock producers looking to enhance their grazing management skills should plan to attend one of four September workshops held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Guest speaker Laura Paine, holistic management certified educator from Wisconsin, will discuss...

June 30, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of 11 recently completed research projects are available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The research covered many topics – from water quality and alternative practices for corn and soybean systems, to activities that...

June 16, 2015
Blank Park Zoo and 37 organizations combine forces to encourage the planting of butterfly gardens in the state of Iowa during National Pollinator Week, June 15-21. DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo is teaming up with local, regional and national organizations to encourage Iowans...