Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Current Grants

The Leopold Center supports projects in a variety of areas that enhance sustainability for all Iowa agriculture as part of its long-running Competitive Grants Program. These grants fund research, education and demonstration projects across four initiatives: Ecology, Marketing and Food Systems, Policy and Cross-Cutting (involving all three areas).

Projects are listed below by initiative area. Click on the title for a detailed description of the project, who is doing the work, and where it is taking place.

Here's a list of all competitive grants awarded this year [PDF]

Ecology
Project Title Project ID
Blurring the lines between working and conservation lands: Enhancing bird and pollinator habitat using prairie strips E2015-10
Crop diversity effects on soil organic matter and nitrate retention in surface and subsoils E2015-17
Impacts of landscape and on-farm diversity on the abundance and health of bee pollinators E2015-06
Improving soil health and water quality through better soil phosphorus assessment and management practices E2015-13
Prairie contour strips: Demonstrating the importance of custom seed mix for biological integrity E2015-16
Management and performance of Iowa cover crops E2014-02
A smartphone-based device for measuring soil organic matter E2014-11
Quantifying nitrogen credits and impacts of cover crops on soil biology and health in vegetable cropping systems in Iowa E2014-16
Integrating project knowledge and models: The next step in developing a Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme for the Big Creek watershed E2013-08
Winter rye cover crop effect on corn seedling pathogens E2012-03
Marketing
Project Title Project ID
Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Years 2+3 M2015-12
Building producer capacity for institutional food distribution M2015-09
Increasing local food consumption in rural communities by partnering with non-traditional food retailers M2015-06
Small-farm business development incubators for refugee farmers M2015-13
Supply chain management for Iowa regional food systems M2015-11
Market development and logistics for local food distribution in the Cedar Valley M2014-06
Increasing the capacity of a local food hub to service the public school market M2014-09
Policy
Project Title Project ID
Protecting Iowa’s land legacy: Soil and water conservation policy – past, present and future P2015-01
Reducing local regulatory barriers to local foods Phase 2: Local foods and county zoning project P2015-05
Cross-Cutting
Project Title Project ID
Budgeting for organic dairying XP2015-05
Impacts of contrasting rotation systems and weed management regimes on weed dynamics and agroecosystem health XP2015-02
Linking soil and water quality with crop performance across a continuum of tillage and management strategies, Years 2 and 3 XP2015-03
Long-term assessment of miscanthus productivity and sustainability (LAMPS) XP2015-12
Sustainably growing Iowa’s beef herds: Evaluating systems that provide economic opportunities while protecting soil and water resources XP2015-15
The prospects and challenges of organic dairy farming in Iowa: A case study XPSP2014-02
Horticulture/Agriculture Education Studies 465 Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Website XPSP2014-04
Use of adaptive grazing management to provide multiple ecological services while increasing profitability of beef cow-calf production in Iowa XPSP2014-01
Attracting pollinators and natural enemies to add value to Iowa agriculture XP2012-07

Special Projects

This work is supported by the Leopold Center with external or discretionary funds outside of the competitive grant funding cycle. Projects also may be shown with each initiative above.