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 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

This is a working document of the Regional Food Systems Working Group that outlines some of the best practices for developing a local food system in the areas of coalition building, fundraising, promotion of local food, events and celebrations, producer training and workshops, sales to institutions, farm-to-school and fulfilling the facilitation/connector role. It was compiled from information submitted by regional coordinators of the RFSWG. This is an accompanying document of information contributed by those members [PDF].

November 2014
Leopold Center Document Best Practices of the Regional Food Systems Working Group
Members of the Regional Food Systems Working Group and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

One of our Success Stories in Sustainable Agriculture, this publication is a case study on assistant horticulture professor Ajay Nair's work setting up Iowa State University's Sustainable Vegetable Production Lab, a research and education program to help small producers in Iowa. Learn more about Nair's 2014 Leopold Center grant. Fall 2014 newsletter article. Other success stories.

November 2014
Leopold Center Document Success Stories: Helping Iowa Producers
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

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