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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2015
Project Title Project ID Completion Yearsort icon
Sustainable agricultural land tenure and risk management for extreme climatic events P2013-05 2015
Implementing a seasonal cycle menu for public schools featuring Iowa-grown and processed foods M2013-09 2015
Suitability of winter canola (Brassica napus) for enhancing summer annual crop rotations in Iowa E2013-16 2015
Impacts of conventional and diversified rotation systems on crop yields, profitability, soil functions and environmental quality: Stage II XP2013-01 2015
Determining threshold responses of plant-soil feedbacks to nitrogen deposition E2014-01 2015
Quantifying the effects of alternative surface inlet protection strategies on water quality E2014-08 2015
Small-farm business development incubator for refugee farmers M2014-02 2015
Insurance benchmarking for Iowa fruit and vegetable producers, Year 2 M2014-11 2015
Planning grant for the establishment of a food enterprise center M2014-10 2015
Capturing indigenous knowledge of small grain production XP2014-08 2015
Impacts of conventional and diversified rotation systems on crop yields, soil functions and environmental quality: Stage II/Year 2 XP2014-01 2015
Establishing shared-use processing facilities at three possible locations in central and south central Iowa M2012-06 2015
Biochar and managed perennial ecosystems: Testing for synergy in ecosystem function and biodiversity E2011-03 2015
Enhancing botanical composition, wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration of pastures in south central Iowa through soil disturbance by mob grazing of beef cattle E2011-06 2015
Demonstrating farrowing alternatives for small farms: Insulated tents for sows and pigs XP2012-04 2015
Evaluating canola (Brassica napus) as an alternative oilseed crop and enhancing winter cover in Iowa E2009-21 2015
2014
Project Title Project ID Completion Yearsort icon
Reconnecting Iowa riparian buffers with tile drainage (1) E2010-01 2014
Greenhouse production of high-value crops in an aquaponic system XPSP2013-01 2014
Increasing visibility of energy conservation and renewable energy on Iowa's small to mid-sized farms XP2013-03 2014
Development of an online food safety training for employees of university farms and school gardens M2013-12 2014
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
Machinery management for small- and medium-sized horticultural farms M2012-11 2014
Comparison of Biofuel Systems (COBS) Project: Biomass energy conversion and energy return on investment analyses for 2012 growing season E2013-04 2014
Evaluating perennial crop options for inclusion in agroforestry systems E2013-18 2014
Reconnecting riparian buffers with tile drainage (2) E2013-13 2014
Innovative equipment solutions to reduce costs and improve productivity for small-scale fruit and vegetable growers M2013-07 2014
Building social networks to capture synergies in wood-based energy production and invasive pest mitigation XP2011-07 2014
The Long-Term Agro-ecological Research (LTAR) experiment: Ecological benefits of organic crop rotations in terms of crop yields, soil quality, economic performance and potential global climate change mitigation XP2011-02 2014
Grass-finished beef pilot project: Cattle performance and welfare DSP2012-02 2014
Field evaluation and system improvement of a semi-automated mechanical intra-row weeder for vegetable crops M2012-24 2014
What drives corn yield stability in the context of climate variability? E2011-07 2014
Local food in every pot: Growing farmers in northeastern Iowa through public and private partnerships M2011-16 2014
Transitioning to ecologically functional production systems E2010-10 2014
Transitioning farmers to produce for wholesale markets M2012-12 2014
Sustainable production of bioenergy from agricultural and food waste XPSP2011-SJ 2014
Blurring the lines between working and conservation lands: Bird use of prairie strips in row-cropped watersheds E2011-20 2014
Increasing Iowa farmers' resiliency through the Practical Farmers of Iowa Cooperators' Program XP2011-01 2014
Developing permaculture techniques for increased production and profit in sustainable year-round agriculture for beginning farmers and ranchers in southwest Iowa M2011-05 2014
Column study to access bioretention cell filter mixtures for urban stormwater management ESP2013-01 2014
Procurement tools to develop sustainable local food purchasing models for farm to school chapters M2012-07 2014
Farmer perspectives on ecosystems service management, land use targeting and the future of Cornbelt agriculture E2011-15 2014
Understanding soil organic matter change: Modeling root and soil interactions across agricultural landscapes E2012-11 2014
Niche markets in the agricultural enterprise mix: Farm profit optimization and risk analysis M2006-16 2014
Improving profitability for small and very small meat processors in Iowa M2012-16 2014
The extent and impact of trust ownership on the sustainability and resiliency of Iowa’s agricultural landscape P2012-01 2014
Growing up local: A value chain analysis of local produce in Iowa M2009-11 2014
An automated mechanical intra-row weed removal system for vegetable crops M2009-23 2014
Cultivating the agrarian dream: Aspiring agri-entrepreneurs helping one another choose their path M2009-24 2014
Crop availability of phosphorus in beef manure E2010-12 2014