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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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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.
Pub & Papers here are sorted by date with the newest at the top. You can filter the list by selecting a topic area below and clicking "Apply." To see all again you can select "<Any>" as the topic, or click here. There is also an alphabetical listing available.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This publication looks at what's been learned from research on sustainable land tenure arrangements through a special initiative with the Drake Agricultural Law Center, and other opportunities created by the Leopold Center's major investment in this work. More about this research here. More about the evaluation and other impacts of Leopold Center programs here.
This directory lists 75 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.
This is an historical case study of farm operations in the Upper Iowa Watershed of northeast Iowa that were shaped by the region's unique geography and culture. The study documents evolution of farming systems in the region over the past 80 years as farmers adapted to rapid economic and technological changes. News release
This is an evaluation of seven one-year food system projects funded by the Local Food & Farm Initiative (LFFI). The initiative is funded by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature and administered from the Leopold Center. For ever dollar of LFFI investment in these projects, another $17.92 was leveraged by project leaders and their partners.