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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This study presents information about 31 federal, state and private grant programs that are available as funding sources for development of local food systems. The summary includes name of the program, general eligibility and deadlines, and website links for further details. News item about this resource

October 2014
Leopold Center Document Funding Opportunities in Local Foods
Ahna Kruzic, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

This is a guide to starting a shared-use kitchen as an affordable venue for new and existing value-added food production entrepreneuers, farmers and caterers. The 44-page toolkit includes insights from five shared-use kitchens operating outside Iowa, as well as perspectives from several people who are starting their own facility. News release  Newsletter article about the local food team

September 2014
Leopold Center Document Shared-use Kitchen Planning Toolkit
Alice Topaloff, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

One of our Success Stories in Sustainable Agriculture, this publication is a case study on the creation of Iowa MarketMaker, a database and website that has helped over 15,000 Iowa food businesses connect with one another and find new markets for their products. Check out the resource at www.marketmakeriowa.com. Learn more about the Leopold Center grant that supported this project. Other success stories.

September 2014
Leopold Center Document Success Stories: MarketMaker for Iowa
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

This directory lists sources for seed, custom spraying and aerial application and equipment. It was compiled by Practical Farmers of Iowa for the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, which is supported by the Leopold Center.

August 2014
Cover Crop Business Directory
Practical Farmers of Iowa

Local Food Coordinators support the development of local food systems by bringing participants together and increasing community awareness through educational and promotional marketing. This publication provides resources to groups and organizations who are developing a local foods coordinator position, complete with a position description.

August 2014
Leopold Center Document Local Food Coordinators
Alice Topaloff and Craig Chase, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture SP463

This four-page publication describes work of the STRIPS Research Team, Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips, in the context of an Iowa landscape and agricultural production. Findings also are presented from the team's experimental watershed sites at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Jasper County. News release

July 2014
Leopold Center Document Small Changes, Big Impacts: Prairie Conservation Strips
STRIPS Research Team

This is a guide for creating a program for pre-packed food boxes delivered weekly and picked up by employees at their workplaces. It is marketed to employers, such as businesses, universities and hospitals who want locally grown food more accessible for their employees. This was a collaboration with the Iowa Food Hub and ISU Extension and Outreach. News release  Newsletter article about this project  Newsletter article about the local food team

July 2014
Leopold Center Document Local Food System Toolkit 1: Developing a Worksite Food Box Program
Savanna Lyons, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Nick McCann, Teresa Wiemerslage and Nick Mabe

This offers an overview of Iowa law related to trusts for ownership of farm land, and how to promote conservation and sustainability when the trust is set up. It was produced as part of the Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure (SALT) Initiative, a collaboration of the Drake Agricultural Law Center and the Leopold Center. Additional resources are at www.sustainablefarmlease.org.

July 2014
Trust Ownership: Farm Land and Conservation
Drake Agricultural Law Center

This 21-page guide is designed for aggregators -- businesses and organizations that create a single sales outlet through which large-volume buyers can purchase products from several local farmers. This fact sheet reviews the basics of coordinated production planning, explains how aggregators operate, and suggests things to consider when getting started. Examples are included from other aggregators. Newsletter article about the local food team

June 2014
Leopold Center Document Production Planning for Aggregators
Savanna Lyons, Leopold Center; and Mary Oldham, Value Chain Cluster Initiative

This manual discusses operational and organizational issues related to sharing farm machinery for fruit and vegetable production. It includes five real-life case studies of growers who shared equipment, sample sharing agreements and worksheets for allocating costs fairly. Options for sharing, potential problems and strategies are discussed. The project was supported by a 2012 Leopold Center research grant and a one-year 2013 research grant.

June 2014
Machinery Sharing Manual for Fruit and Vegetable Growers
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach PM3064