Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Pubs & Papers

Research can take many forms and lead to many different outcomes. The ultimate goal is sustainability – for the landscape, Iowa’s people and natural resources. Below is a list of intermediate outcomes of Leopold Center-supported projects, partnerships and activities. Included are extension publications, in-house research projects, informative presentations and other reports – all with some link to the Leopold Center.

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Leopold Center Document These materials were written, reviewed or presented by Leopold Center staff. All other materials are related or based on projects supported by the Leopold Center.


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This directory lists 88 community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprises serving Iowa, shown by county and the 20 regions within ISU Extension and Outreach. The directory will be updated annually; to provide additions and modifications, please visit www.leopold.iastate.edu/csa. This publication also can be found at the ISU Extension Online Store.

April 2015
Leopold Center Document Iowa CSA Farms
Leopold Center and ISU Extension and Outreach PM 1693

This 25-page report is from the first coordinated study of food hub development in Iowa. Two surveys of food hub managers and local food coordinators identified 31 food hubs or centers of food hub-related activity that serve Iowa markets. Work was funded by a grant from Ag Ventures Alliance and the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program with support from the Leopold Center. Or read a two-page summary of findings [PDF]. Also, download the recommendations report on the next steps for strategically developing Iowa Food Hubs here [PDF]. Read a news release and newsletter article about this report. More about food hubs on this page.

February 2015
Leopold Center Document Food Hub Development in Iowa
Arlene Enderton and Corry Bregendahl, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

This two-page color fact sheet higlights 11 conservation practices that landowners can adopt to protect and improve Iowa's water quality, with links to research supported by the Leopold Center's competitive grants program.

January 2015
Leopold Center Document Practices to Improve Water Quality
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

This guide provides local government officials, community activists and others with seven steps to help organize and promote the development of a local food system in your community. This publication also can be found at the ISU Extension Store (ID is LF 0002).

January 2015
Leopold Center Document Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community
Ahna Kruzic and Corry Bregendahl, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

As part of the STRIPS project, more than 1,000 Iowans were surveyed to learn about expectations for the state’s agricultural sector, concerns about environmental quality and willingness to support greater public investment in policies and programs that work toward more resilient, productive agricultural landscapes that provide multiple benefits. The survey results are summarized in this report (also Sociology Technical Report 1038). Learn more about STRIPS. Find more Sociology Technical Reports.

January 2015
Leopold Center Document Iowans’ Perspectives on Targeted Approaches for Multiple-Benefit Agriculture
J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., John C. Tyndall, and Emily Sorensen

This case study of Larry and Nancy Turner's aronia berry operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing  perennial crops in Iowa. Additional resources are offered in A Landowners Guide to Perennial Crop Options, also developed by Trees Forever. Winter 2014 newsletter article.

December 2014
Agroforestry on the Farm: Aronia Berry Case Study
Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

This case study of Bill and Geri Hanson's black walnut enterprise was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing  perennial crops in Iowa. Additional resources are offered in A Landowners Guide to Perennial Crop Options, also developed by Trees Forever. Winter 2014 newsletter article.

December 2014
Agroforestry on the Farm: Black Walnut Case Study
Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

This case study of John Wittrig's chesnut operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing  perennial crops in Iowa. Additional resources are offered in A Landowners Guide to Perennial Crop Options, also developed by Trees Forever.

December 2014
Agroforestry on the Farm: Chinese Chesnut Case Study
Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

This case study of Mark Fisher's Christmas tree operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing  perennial crops in Iowa. Additional resources are offered in A Landowners Guide to Perennial Crop Options, also developed by Trees Forever. Winter 2014 newsletter article.

December 2014
Agroforestry on the Farm: Christmas Tree Case Study
Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

This case study of Natura Farms elderberry operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing  perennial crops in Iowa. Additional resources are offered in A Landowners Guide to Perennial Crop Options, also developed by Trees Forever. Winter 2014 newsletter article.

December 2014
Agroforestry on the Farm: Elderberry Case Study
Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever