News Releases Leopold Center Leopold Center News Releases en Special project helps class sell produce to ISU faculty and staff <p>A <a href="/grants/xpsp2014-04">special project grant in the Leopold Center&#39;s Cross-cutting Initiative</a> is helping ISU students enrolled in Horticulture 465, Horticulture Enterprise Management Marketing, sell the produce they grow during the class. The Leopold Center also supported the first three years of the development of the curriculum.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Read about this special project in <em>Inside Iowa State</em></a></p> <p><a href="/cross-cutting/class">More about the course</a></p> Cross-Cutting Community-based food systems Fruit and vegetables Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:02:36 +0000 lwmiller 3640 at New toolkit connects local food to the workplace <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Marketing and distributing locally-grown food just got easier with a new Local Food System Toolkit: Developing a Worksite Food Box Program.<br /> <br /> Produced by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Food Hub, the publication describes the benefits of food hubs and workplace food box deliveries, profiles the Worksite Food Box pilot program implemented in northeast Iowa, and offers guidance for implementing a similar program.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Business management, distribution and marketing Community-based food systems Fruit and vegetables Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:04:02 +0000 lwmiller 3642 at Iowa grazing workshops with Jim Gerrish planned for August <p>Workshops featuring grazing consultant Jim Gerrish will be held in different locations across Iowa August 18-22.&nbsp; Each day will include classroom discussions and pasture walks at local farms. Topics will include maintaining plan diversity to increase production and environmental benefits, using annual and perennial forage crops in your grazing system, and reducing cow costs with extended grazing.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Animal management and forage Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:22:25 +0000 trout 3630 at New manual shows produce growers how to share machinery, cut costs <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Labor remains one of the key challenges for fruit and vegetable growers who want to scale up their operations to serve increasing consumer demand for local produce. A new manual from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture offers one possible solution: sharing machinery.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Business management, distribution and marketing Fruit and vegetables Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:34:15 +0000 trout 3631 at Research results available for six completed projects <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Farmers on small to mid-sized operations have a network to support increased energy efficiency and alternative energy sources. The Farm Energy Working Group has compiled numerous resources to reduce farm energy use, which are online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitive Grants Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:41:42 +0000 lwmiller 3626 at RFSWG meeting looks at relationships in local food efforts <p>NEVADA, Iowa &ndash; People offer numerous reasons for buying food produced close to home, but often overlooked are the strong relationships created by this type of food system. The Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG), a statewide network of people interested in local foods, will focus on how to build coalitions and work in communities at their quarterly meeting June 27.<br /> <br /> The meeting will be Friday, June 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Story County Extension Office in Nevada. Registration is free and open to the public.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:40:50 +0000 lwmiller 3572 at Leopold Center issues 2014 Request for Pre-proposals <p>AMES, Iowa -- The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is looking for innovative ideas for research and projects as part of its long-running competitive grants program. Of particular interest this year is work that focuses on soil health, diversity to help manage pests and provide habitat for pollinators, and food hub distribution networks.<br /> <br /> Specifics are outlined in the Leopold Center&rsquo;s Summer 2014 Request for Pre-proposals (RFP). The deadline for submitting ideas, in the form of a 2-3 page concept paper, is July 8, 2014.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitive Grants Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:29:47 +0000 lwmiller 3566 at Case study documents changes in northeast Iowa farms <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Farmers must be masters of adaptation&mdash;they must cope with changing federal policies, fluctuating crop prices, and advancing technology. A new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows how farmers in northeast Iowa have adapted to change over the past 80 years.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Economic and environmental impacts Farming systems Watershed and ecoregion Fri, 23 May 2014 19:40:49 +0000 lwmiller 3498 at Bio-Dome at Reiman Gardens imagines future of food in space <p>AMES, Iowa &mdash; What will future space colonists eat in their long trek across the galaxies?<br /> <br /> A new bio-dome display at Iowa State University&rsquo;s Reiman Gardens looks into the future of farming in space. The bio-dome is the main attraction in the Hughes Conservatory through November 15 as part of Reiman Gardens&rsquo; space and science fiction theme this year.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquaculture Cross-Cutting Competitive Grants Fruit and vegetables Thu, 15 May 2014 17:05:40 +0000 lwmiller 3482 at New research results from the Leopold Center <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Summaries of six recently completed competitive grant projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. These projects showcase work on prairie conservation strips, school and community gardens, organic practices that improved soil quality in spite of adverse weather, and collaboration with Iowa farmers.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Marketing Cross-Cutting Competitive Grants Mon, 12 May 2014 20:49:37 +0000 lwmiller 3478 at