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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 report summarizes the statewide impact of the local food industry on Iowa's economy in connection with efforts of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG). The report measured four indicators of economic change: local food sales by farmers, local food purchases by grocery stores, restaurants and institutions, job creation and funds leveraged to support development of regional food systems. Additional information here
This two-page document summarizes the statewide impact of the local food industry on Iowa's economy in connection with efforts of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG). The evaluation was conducted by the Leopold Center. Go to the full report here. Additional details on this page.
Consultant Chris Blanchard outlines post-harvest equipment, packing facility and handling procedures for eight classes of vegetables, based on case studies of three produce operations in the Upper Midwest. Originally developed and published online in 2009 for the Leopold Center and the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Working Group, the material was adapted to a print publication by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin. Here's the online tool.
This position paper outlines the guiding principles that shape the Leopold Center's response to climate change, and how such a perspective influences its work in each of the four research initiatives: ecology, marketing and food systems, policy and cross-cutting. Information also is posted on the Leopold Center Climate Change web page.
This is the final report to the Iowa legislature that describes the Local Food and Farm Initiative (LFFI) program during its second year and progress in business development/financial assistance, beginning and minority farmers, and incentives for local food productions. The report outlines other work by the Leopold Center and Extension's Iowa Food System Working Group that contribute to LFFI.
This publication looks at what's been learned from the Leopold Center's partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa to support an on-farm Cooperators' Program and Field Days. The evaluation was conducted on six projects that have had major investments by the Leopold Center. More about the evaluation here.
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.
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.
This publication summarizes nutrient management research supported by the Leopold Center at Iowa State University's Northeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. With some of the first funds awarded by the Leopold Center in 1988, the farm installed a state-of-the-art water quality monitoring system in 1988, which has been used for several long-running water quality research projects.
This case study details the founding and early success of the Iowa Valley Food Co-op, including surveys and market research, reviews of other web-based food cooperatives, and development of policies and procedures. Other issues discussed are the cooperative's legal structure, software considerations, member recruitment and leadership development. More about this research project