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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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

This 18-page report offers a two-year look at the statewide impact of the local foods sector on Iowa's economy, based on an evaluation of the efforts of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG). The evaluation 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. Local food coordinators collected data in 2012 and 2013. Additional information on this page and in the 2013 report.

November 2014
Leopold Center Document 2013 Economic Impacts of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group
Arlene Enderton and Corry Bregendahl, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

This is a summary of an 18-page report: 2013 Economic Impacts of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working  Group. The report looks at the statewide impact of the local foods sector on Iowa's economy, based on data collected in 2012 and 2013 by local food coordinators who are part of RFSWG. Additional details on this page.

November 2014
Leopold Center Document Impact Brief: 2013 Economic Impacts of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group
Corry Bregendahl and Arlene Enderton, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

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

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

November 2013
Leopold Center Document 2012 Economic Impacts of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group
Corry Bregendahl and Arlene Enderton, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

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.

November 2013
Leopold Center Document Impact Brief: 2012 Economic Impacts of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group
Corry Bregendahl and Arlene Enderton, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

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

July 2013
Leopold Center Document Starting an Online Local Food Co-op
Jesse Singerman, Prairie Ventures, LLC

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.

May 2013
Leopold Center Document Sharing the Lessons Learned from the 2013 Iowa Local Food Conference
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

This publication looks at what's been learned from convening practitioners and community leaders interested in developing local and regional food businesses in Iowa, and other opportunities created by the Leopold Center's major investment in this work. The RFSWG includes 17 local groups that operate in 89 of Iowa's 99 counties. More about RFSWG here. More about the evaluation here.

May 2013
Leopold Center Document Funding Impact Brief: The Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG)
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture