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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 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 (in 2015 dollars) also take into account annual opportunity costs of foregone rent or revenue loss associated with land converted to perennial prairie.
People interested in hosting a farmer training program (incubator or other) will find the resources in this publication useful to teach a Beginning Farmer Training program. The curriculum in this manual is divided into three parts: production practices, post-harvest handling, and business planning/basic finances. Each module is organized by learning objectives and includes narrative, hands-on activities, and links to worksheets and additional resources. This also also can be found at the ISU Extension Store (ID is LF-0006).
The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit booklet is a resource for communities to learn about Agricultural Urbanism and 19 tactics used to develop local food systems. Goals, benefits, outcomes and best management practices are provided for each tactic. Information is based on Iowa communities that have partnered in the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit design process funded by two Leopold Center grants. This publication also can be found in the ISU Extension Store (ID is LF-0007).
For food hubs, or businesses that aggregate and distribute local food, limited funds can be a barrier to growth. This publication explains the idea of cash flow and how food hub managers can use it to their advantage, drawing on the real-world experiences of the Iowa Food Hub, which collaborated with the Leopold Center and ISU Extension and Outreach to compile this information. Also available at the ISU Extension Store. More about food hubs.
This 16-page guide offers brief answers to common questions about the new prairie strips conservation practice that uses strategically-placed native prairie plantings in crop fields. The practice was developed and tested by the STRIPS (Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips) Research Team at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. More about the STRIPS Research Team.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.