News Releases Leopold Center Leopold Center News Releases en Nutrient inputs and long-term corn yield sustainability <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; New research suggests that conventional corn-soybean systems, managed with synthetic fertilizer alone, do not produce enough plant material to sustain soil organic matter levels, reducing crop yield in the long term.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Cover crops, double crops, strip cropping Multi-year rotations, low-external input Nutrient management Climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, Life Cycle Assessment Conservation practices Farmer profitability, enterprise budgets Farming systems Soils and agronomy Water quality, quantity and management Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:18:47 +0000 lwmiller 3722 at A network response to invasive beetle's frontline advance <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; New research funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture maps out the social networks in place to mitigate the emerald ash borer&rsquo;s destructive impact on Iowa forests.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Cutting Economic and environmental impacts Models and assessment tools Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:38:19 +0000 lwmiller 3699 at Two Iowans to receive 2014 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture <p>AMES, Iowa -- Two Iowans have been selected to receive the 2014 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. They are southeast Iowa farmer Steve Berger and Leigh Adcock, who is outgoing director of the Iowa-based grassroots Women, Food and Agriculture Network.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:18:54 +0000 lwmiller 3694 at New videos highlight importance of local food in Iowa <p>The fun of shopping at a farmers market is a great reason for eating produce while it&rsquo;s in season and grown close to home, not to mention the payoff of hot, buttered ears of sweet corn picked fresh this morning.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Economic and environmental impacts Food miles, food pathways, food system assessments Food, health and climate change Fruit and vegetables Human systems, demographics and beginning farmer programs Niche meat, dairy and poultry Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:14:09 +0000 lwmiller 3647 at 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