Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Completed Grants

This is where you will find all of our grant reports. The Leopold Center has operated a competitive grants program since 1988, funding more than 500 Iowa-based projects in every county in Iowa.

The most recently completed projects are listed first. Click on the title to see the abstract, key findings and links to printable summaries of findings from each project. For more details about a project than what is included in the project summary documents, contact the lead investigator (email address is in the longer project summary).

  • To see grant reports from projects just in the Ecology Initiative, go here
  • To see grant reports from projects just in the Marketing and Food Systems Initiative, go here
  • To see grant reports from projects just in the Policy Initiative, go here
  • To see grant reports from the Cross-Cutting Initiative, go here
  • Grant reports from earlier projects not part of any initiative are on the list that starts below.

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2014
Project Title Project ID Completion Yearsort icon
Recordkeeping education and insurance benchmarking for Iowa fruit and vegetable producers M2013-08 2014
Fostering healthy diets in children through vibrant school gardens M2013-01 2014
Local food in every pot: Growing farmers in northeastern Iowa through public and private partnerships M2011-16 2014
Blurring the lines between working and conservation lands: Bird use of prairie strips in row-cropped watersheds E2011-20 2014
2013
Project Title Project ID Completion Yearsort icon
Transplant production decision tool for vegetable producers M2010-10 2013
Impacts to the land-water-human system of rural Iowa from high intensity continuous maize production EPSP2008-01 2013
Exploring the role of multifunctional agriculture on the future of agriculture and rural development XP2010-03 2013
The University of Iowa Biomass Partnership Project XP2012-05 2013
Involving new immigrants and minority youth in local food systems M2011-08 2013
Enhancing value and marketing options for pawpaw (Asimina triloba) by developing pulp separation and preservation techniques M2009-20 2013
Agronomic, environmental and economic performance of alternative biomass cropping systems E2008-24 2013
Getting the most from Iowa's forests: Linking forest understory composition to stream water quality and enhancing nutrient capture in forest remnants in agricultural landscapes E2011-05 2013
Use of mob grazing to improve cattle production, enhance legume establishment and increase carbon sequestration in Iowa pastures E2010-13 2013
Game-bird preserve alternative-enterprise models: Soil and water conservation and value-added income diversification XPSP2012-DB 2013
Impacts of conventional and diversified rotation systems on crop yields, profitability, soil functions and environmental quality E2010-02 2013
Greenhorn Grazing: A modular pasture and animal management curriculum for beginning and transitioning graziers E2009-14 2013
Des Moines farm to school pilot project: Local sourcing for special events and summer feeding MSP2012-02 2013
Drainage water quality impacts of current and future agricultural management practices XP2011-04 2013
Research and development of an online local foods buying club cooperative M2011-03 2013
Iowa Farm Energy Working Group XP2011-03 2013
Investigating opportunities for enhancing farmer adoption of strategically targeted prairie strips in Iowa P2012-08 2013
Micro-farming: Reducing rural and urban food deserts through job training M2012-13 2013
Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure (SALT) Initiative II P2012-04 2013
Improving soil quality by conserving insect pathogens E2010-18 2013
Increasing access to healthy, fresh and local food to students in three rural public schools in northeast Iowa M2010-18 2013
Evaluating the impact of a decade of regional food system work on growers in northeast Iowa M2010-19 2013
2012
Project Title Project ID Completion Yearsort icon
Building a food system framework to advance the health of Iowans - A blueprint for action M2010-02 2012
Impacts of GAPs and post-harvest handling practices certificate training on producers' on-farm food safety behaviors and perceptions of customer assurance M2010-14 2012
Mapping potential foodsheds in Iowa: A system optimization modeling approach M2010-04 2012
Connecting family, community and health from a food system perspective M2010-30 2012
Regional Flavors M2010-23 2012
South Central Iowa Area Partnership, local foods network M2010-20 2012
Renewable energy feed-in tariffs: Potential opportunities for Iowa P2010-02 2012
Increasing carbon sequestration of working prairie by reducing invasive species in a fire and grazing system E2010-16 2012
Site specific implementation of practices that alter the spatial/temporal distribution of grazing cattle to improve water quality of pasture streams in the Rathbun Lake watershed E2009-08 2012
In good company M2011-15 2012
Quantifying eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) in southern Iowa: A starting point for conversations with landowners about threats to grassland resilience E2011-13 2012
Educational presentation on reducing fossil fuel needs on Iowa’s small to mid-sized farms XPSP2011-02 2012
Credit, crop insurance and sustainable agriculture P2009-07 2012
Developing production, processing and marketing of aronia berries on small family farms in southeast Iowa M2009-05 2012
Defining the grazing season of restored natural grasslands E2010-19 2012
Meeting on-farm energy needs through conservation, efficiency and renewable energy XP2009-01 2012
Soil moisture dynamics and plant transpiration under contrasting annual-perennial cover types E2008-17 2012
Evaluating denitrifying bioreactors for edge-of-field nitrogen management in Iowa's tile-drained landsacpes E2009-11 2012
Optimizing buffer strips for improved ecosystem services E2009-09 2012
Conversion to perennial vegetation: Quantifying soil water regime, aeration, and implications for enhancing soil resilience to climate change E2009-18 2012
Assessment of woody biomass as a niche feedstock for biobased products in Iowa E2009-26 2012
Iowa immigrant and refugee incubator farm program M2011-13 2012
Systems model and prototype development to capture and use rain water run-off from a high tunnel E2011-14 2012
2011
Project Title Project ID Completion Yearsort icon
Engaging community planners and local elected officials with local food systems producers to integrate local food systems into community plans and policies M2010-21 2011