Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture


The Center’s work is organized in four initiatives: ecology, marketing and food systems, policy and cross-cutting (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems). Each program is responsible for its own projects -- including those funded by the Leopold Center's long-running competitive grants program -- and outreach and educational events.
Ecology Initiative
This program supports a wide range of research, demonstration and outreach activities anchored in the development and adoption of 'ecologically friendly' production systems.
Marketing and Food Systems Initiative
This program looks at new marketing strategies and business structures that allow Iowa's farmers and communities to retain more of the value for energy, food or fiber produced.
Policy Initiative
This program focuses on local and regional policies that affect Iowans and Iowa agriculture.
This is the newest of the Center's initiative programs, established in 2009. This program focuses on research to improve agricultural sustainability using a systems approach and multiple research areas that balance competing and complementary goals of ecosystem health, productivity, economic and social well-being.
Many Leopold Center-supported projects are organized as either a working group or research team. A working group brings together stakeholders from different groups and/or backgrounds to collaborate on a common issue or need. Many working groups are organized as a community of practice that uses collective knowledge and expertise to explore unique solutions. A research team brings together scientists from different fields to work on a specific research question or set of closely related questions.  This page provides a handy link to all current working groups and research teams carrying out the work of the Leopold Center. This page shows working groups and research teams that have been supported by the Leopold Center in previous years.
This page looks at the impact of Leopold Center work and the work of our partners. You'll also find evaluations of several long-term research projects supported by the Leopold Center, and success stories of sustainable agriculture.