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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.
All Pubs & Papers are PDFs, which require a free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click on the image or title to view the PDF.
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 trifold brochure describes how agroforestry concurrently benefits environmental, economic, and social systems, creating avenues in farm and ecosystem management for such practices as forest farming, silvopasture and the establishment of riparian buffers. Learn more about MAAWG here.
This is a synopsis of presentations at the 2013 Iowa Local Food Conference. Breakout sessions focused on three challenges related to local foods -- Business Incentives, Beginning and Minority Farmers, and Food Incentives -- and offered success stories from national and Iowa-based speakers.
This guide describes how to create a game-bird preserve business and profiles successful preserves in the Midwest. It includes sample enterprise budgets. See project description. You can also download the guide split into four sections: introduction, business tips, profiles and additional information.
Contract grazing arrangments put livestock on pastures in managed grazing systems. This fact sheet, #1 in a four-part series, describes the basics of contract grazing. It is a product of the Green Lands, Blue Waters partnership.
This fact sheet, #2 in a four-part series, describes considerations for good pasture land, including forage, fencing and water sources. It is a product of the Green Lands, Blue Waters partnership.
This fact sheet, #3 in a four-part series, addresses agreements for when a livestock owner plans on managing his or her own cattle on land leased or rented from another person. It is a product of the Green Lands, Blue Waters partnership.
This fact sheet, #4 in a four-part series, describes rates charged when a grazier is hired to manage someone else's livestock on the grazier's own land. It is a product of the Green Lands, Blue Waters partnership.
This manual outlines a shared measurement system for collecting economic data for coordinators of 17 Regional Food Groups that are part of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG). The manual includes a sample farmer survey [PDF] to report local food sales and a sample institution survey [PDF] to report local food purchases, as well as instructions for coordinators to submit data [PDF].
This directory lists sources for seed, custom spraying and aerial application and equipment. It was compiled by Tomoko Ogaway and Patrick Burke, Practical Farmers of Iowa, for the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, which is supported by the Leopold Center.