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 79 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprises in 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.

December 2014
Leopold Center Document Iowa CSA Farms
Leopold Center and ISU Extension and Outreach PM 1693

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

This case study of Roger and Joyce Jensen's hazelnut 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: Hazelnut Case Study
Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

This four-page color fact sheet offers basic guidelines for planting and maintaining prairie conservation strips on row-cropped farms. The recommendations are based on research conducted by the STRIPs Research Team at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Additional resources and costs are listed in this updated guide.

November 2014
Leopold Center Document A Landowner's Guide to Prairie Conservation Strips
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

This two-page color fact sheet discusses estimated costs to install, establish and maintain prairie conservation strips on row-cropped farms. The information is adapted from research conducted by the STRIPs Research Team at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. The estimates also take into account annual opportunity costs of foregone rent or renue loss associated with land converted to perennial prairie.

November 2014
Leopold Center Document The Cost of Prairie Conservation Strips
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Read abstracts of research, education and demonstration projects that received funds from the Leopold Center. The 32-page document includes more than 350 grant projects completed from 1996 through 2014, listed by topic and year of completion. Summaries of all project results are online. To receive a copy of a project's complete final report, contact the Leopold Center, (515) 294-3711.

November 2014
Leopold Center Document Abstracts of Recent Leopold Center Projects
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture