News Releases Leopold Center Leopold Center News Releases en Updated CSA directory puts more Iowa producers on the map <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, <em>Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers</em>.<br /> <br /> Produced by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, this publication identifies local producers who operate Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprises that supply consumers with local, fresh, organic and sustainably produced food during the growing season. The directory will be updated annually.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Fruit and vegetables Niche meat, dairy and poultry Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:18:56 +0000 lwmiller 3454 at On-farm research expands farmer options in reducing nitrates <p>SIOUX CENTER, Iowa &ndash; Results from a five-year on-farm research project are helping&nbsp; a northwest Iowa farmer keep valuable land in production as well as reduce nitrogen runoff into shallow wells that supply water for a nearby community of 7,000 people. The project also shows how research can be used to expand farmer options outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn-soybean cropping systems Ecology Cover crops, double crops, strip cropping Nutrient management Conservation practices Economic and environmental impacts Farmer profitability, enterprise budgets Farming systems Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:57:35 +0000 lwmiller 3425 at Early registration ends March 28 for Iowa Local Food Conference <div> AMES, Iowa &ndash; This April 8 at Quality Inn, Ames, farmer Penny Brown Huber will discuss the success of her Marshalltown-based flash-freeze fruit and vegetable packaging plant, Iowa Choice Harvest.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The start-up food processing business was established by a handful of central Iowa farmers in 2013, includes 24 member-owners, and is just one example for attendees at the 2014 Iowa Local Food Conference of how to successfully tap into the local community to grow their business.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To match this year&rsquo;s conference</div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Business management, distribution and marketing Community-based food systems Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:08:31 +0000 gsiyer 3418 at April 1 lecture looks at secrets of the soil, sustainability <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; &ldquo;When it comes to building healthy, productive soils, remember,&rdquo; says Ray Archuleta in one of his many soil health videos, &ldquo;do not disturb.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The charismatic spokesperson for the unseen secrets of soil, Archuleta visits Iowa State University this year as the 2014 Shivvers Memorial Lecture speaker. His presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 in the Sun Room of the ISU Memorial Union. The series is coordinated by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:56:43 +0000 lwmiller 3407 at New publication highlights the big picture with prairie conservation strips <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Photographs, infographics and interviews paint a full-color, big picture view of prairie strips in a new publication from Iowa State University&rsquo;s STRIPS team and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn-soybean cropping systems Ecology Cross-Cutting Conservation practices Economic and environmental impacts Water quality, quantity and management Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:12:04 +0000 lwmiller 3404 at Registration now open for the April 8 Iowa Local Food Conference <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; The spotlight is on local food business expansion in this year&rsquo;s Iowa Local Food Conference. Keynotes and panels will highlight the growing number of opportunities available to food producers in their local networks. Conference attendees may participate in three tracks: food hubs, processing centers, and marketing.<br /> <br /> Registration is now open at: <a href="/2014-iowa-local-food-conference"></a><br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agritourism and place-based food Ecology Marketing Business management, distribution and marketing Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:54:05 +0000 lwmiller 3387 at Water Rocks! music videos tell water story <p><strong><span style="color:#900;text-transform:uppercase;">NOTE:</span></strong> <span style="color:#900;text-transform:uppercase;">This Iowa Learning Farms news release summarizes work on a statewide campaign that has been supported by the Leopold Center under a special three-year grant.</span></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water quality, quantity and management Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:53:23 +0000 lwmiller 3376 at Urban agriculture and soil: Leopold Center funds research to guide the way <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; With the rising popularity of local foods the spotlight is now on cities and the health of the soil underfoot.<br /> <br /> Increasingly, sustainable agriculture practitioners and researchers view cities as places of potential. A green space like an urban garden or farm can revitalize a neighborhood by making abandoned or underutilized land productive again. It also reduces the distance&mdash;and disconnect&mdash;between people and produce.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Policy Competitive Grants Community-based food systems Policy Soils and agronomy Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:17:05 +0000 lwmiller 3375 at Lecturer looks at Passenger Pigeon extinction, 100 years later <p><strong><span style="color:#900;text-transform:uppercase;">See our <a href="/news/calendar/2014-03-06/extinction-passenger-pigeon-stanley-temple">event page</a> for a link to a podcast of this lecture</span></strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Marketing Conservation practices Wildlife and recreation Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:58:37 +0000 lwmiller 3372 at Leopold Center awards 2014 research grants <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 24 innovative research and demonstration projects that will help Iowa farmers improve soil health, take advantage of opportunities related to local foods and fine-tune alternative practices that protect the environment while using fewer outside inputs.</p> <p>The projects fall under all four of the Leopold Center&rsquo;s initiatives &ndash; Ecology, Marketing and Food Systems, Policy and Cross-Cutting. [<a href="#grants">See list of new projects below]</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Marketing Policy Cross-Cutting Competitive Grants Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:19:21 +0000 lwmiller 3358 at