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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 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.
Is local food more expensive than its non-local counterpart? The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative conducted consumer market research in June, July, and August 2009 to examine what Iowa consumers pay for locally grown products and how these prices compare to non-local market channel prices. This handout explains the comparisons [PDF] Read news release about this project.
Consumers who participated in this Internet survey would like to see farmers receive a higher share of the profits for retail food products. See related grant project 2004-MSP05.
This report details the assumptions and calculations used to estimate the food miles for a container of strawberry yogurt.
This study included focus groups and telephone surveys of Iowans about their understanding and knowledge of regional food systems and related concepts.
This chart shows the declining level of diversity of crop and livestock produced on Iowa farms since 1920.
This paper provides an overview of how Geographical Indicated Products are defined, regulated and used for marketing in the Netherlands.
This study looked at the positive role that ecolabels could have in product promotion among consumers, and their willingness to pay 30 percent more for locally grown products with environmental attributes.
This survey of 1,600 consumers in Iowa, the Midwest and metro areas on the East and West coasts showed preference for the term locally grown and family farms.
This analysis found that locally grown produce traveled an average of 56 miles from farm to point of sale, compared to an average of 1,494 miles for 30 types of produce from conventional sources.