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The Leopold Center supports projects in a variety of areas that enhance sustainability for all Iowa agriculture. Since 1988, the Leopold Center has operated a Competitive Grants Program that has funded nearly 500 Iowa-based agricultural and research projects in every county in Iowa.
The Leopold Center’s Competitive Grants Program that is open to all Iowa educational and non-profit organizations. Each year, the Center selects new research and demonstration projects to fund. The next Request for Pre-proposals (RFP) will be issued June 3, 2013 with pre-proposals due on July 19, 2013. Decisions on full proposal development will be made in September, and final funding decisions announced in mid-December 2013.
More information for grantees - This page shows where the Leopold Center is in the current RFP process.
Here's a sample of some of the projects we are funding.
Naturally occurring fungi that act as insect pathogens live in the soil, but they might be reduced or compromised by conventional farming practices, specifically by different kinds of fungicides. This project compares the abundance of these below-ground fungi in conventional and organic cropping systems. The project results will be used to better understand the role such insect-pathogenic fungi can play as part of a suite of integrated pest management practices.