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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Project Title Project ID Completion Yearsort icon
Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit M2014-03 2016
Implementing an ISU Extension Master Grazier Certification course E2012-16 2016
Predicting long term cover crop impacts on soil quality using a cropping systems model E2013-19 2016
Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure: The legal rights and duties of entity ownership of Iowa farm land and the next generation of landowners P2014-03 2016
Food safety, economics and environmental impacts of aquaponics in Iowa XP2014-06 2016
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
Reducing local regulatory barriers to local foods: Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa Guidebook P2014-01 2015
Performance of cropping systems designed to reduce nitrate leaching into shallow municipal well aquifers E2009-22 2015
Investigation of bacteria transport and resistance mechanisms and implications for water quality from confinement swine and beef grazing production systems in Iowa E2012-05 2015
Using spatially explicit supply/demand and local participants’ perspectives to integrate urban agriculture with community planning M2014-05 2015
The complex role of tall fescue in grassland ecology E2012-01 2015
The University of Iowa Biomass Energy Sustainability Index: A decision-making tool for the University of Iowa Biomass Partnership Project XP2014-05 2015
Soil health and productivity in riparian grass buffers: A re-evaluation after 13 years E2014-07 2015
Understanding microbial contributions to soil aggregation and organic matter accumulation E2014-19 2015
Suitability of winter canola (Brassica napus) for enhancing summer annual crop rotations in Iowa XP2014-02 2015
Linking soil and water quality with crop performance across a continuum of tillage and management strategies: Enhancing sustainability through soil-health-promoting practices XP2014-04 2015
Cultivating conservation: Bringing ecology, economics and ethics together XP2013-10 2015
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
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