High land prices seem to counter-balance recent high commodity prices, however the Leopold Center is discovering that diversity could improve the budget sheet on some Iowa farms. This issue focuses on promising alternative enterprises: game-bird preserves for land unsuitable for row-crops, aquaponics for operators looking for off-season earnings, and agroforestry opportunities we hadn’t yet considered. Director Mark Rasmussen talks about the need to find balance in our farming operations, and Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann discusses the real purpose of education.
Other features: Find out new projects that begin in the Center’s long-running competitive grants program, and learn what flower mixes are best for attracting beneficial insects. You’ll also see our new annual report and meet two of our new advisory board members. Don’t forget the April 7-8 lectures by World Food Prize Laureate Hans Herren.
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