News Releases Leopold Center http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/rss/notes.xml Leopold Center News Releases en Research results available for seven completed projects http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/12-17-2014/research-results-available-seven-completed-projects <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Summaries of seven recently competed competitive grant projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Among the research topics were phosphorus in beef cattle manure, soil quality in alternative cropping systems, on-farm energy use and machinery needs of small growers looking to scale up local food production.</p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/12-17-2014/research-results-available-seven-completed-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Marketing Cross-Cutting Competitive Grants Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:00:25 +0000 lwmiller 3848 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu Financial returns for growing trees in Iowa: Better than you think http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/12-15-2014/growing-trees <p>When planning crops, foresters speak in years, not months. Even so, results of a study conducted by Trees Forever and funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture show promise for several agroforestry crops suitable for Iowa soils and climate.<br /> <br /> Jeff Jensen, northwest Iowa field coordinator for Trees Forever, examined six agroforestry crops: hazelnut, black walnut, chestnut, aronia berry, Christmas tree and elderberry.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/12-15-2014/growing-trees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Agroforestry Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:03:04 +0000 lwmiller 3845 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu New report shows local food economy continues to expand in Iowa http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/11-24-2014/local-food-economy-expands <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash;Iowa&rsquo;s local food economy is growing more vigorously than expected, according to a two-year evaluation from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The report also shows how modest public investment in the work of local food coordinators contributes to job creation in the state.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/11-24-2014/local-food-economy-expands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Economic and environmental impacts Farm to institution Food, health and climate change Fruit and vegetables Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:29:25 +0000 lwmiller 3816 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu New videos focus on prairie strips as an emerging conservation practice http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/11-03-2014/strips-video <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Conservation and production goals are often pitted against each other, but one project is showing how the two objectives need not be mutually exclusive. &ldquo;The science is showing us that we can have both,&rdquo; says Iowa State University researcher Lisa Schulte Moore.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/11-03-2014/strips-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn-soybean cropping systems Ecology Cross-Cutting Conservation practices Economic and environmental impacts Farming systems Soils and agronomy Water quality, quantity and management Watershed and ecoregion Mon, 03 Nov 2014 22:07:07 +0000 lwmiller 3792 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu New publication looks at funding opportunities in local foods http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/10-22-2014/new-publication-looks-funding-opportunities-local-foods <p>Looking to start a local food business or processing facility? How about a school garden? As local food systems continue to develop, community leaders need access to capital to start or sustain their efforts. The good news is, there are funding options available from both federal and nonā€federal sources &ndash; regardless of whether you are a producer, institution, community or nonprofit.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/10-22-2014/new-publication-looks-funding-opportunities-local-foods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Farm to institution Food miles, food pathways, food system assessments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:09:52 +0000 lwmiller 3780 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu Eleven new Leopold Center research reports available http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/10-13-2014/eleven-new-leopold-center-research-reports <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; What do small meat-processing facilities, corn stover, ash tree pests and land trusts have in common? All were topics of recently completed research projects supported by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/10-13-2014/eleven-new-leopold-center-research-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitive Grants Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:21:45 +0000 lwmiller 3766 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu ISU project featured at October 14 Iowa Hunger Summit http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/10-02-2014/iowa-hunger-summit <p>DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University project designed to help communities build their capacity to produce, process and distribute food will be featured at the Iowa Hunger Summit that is part of World Food Prize activities.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/10-02-2014/iowa-hunger-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Food miles, food pathways, food system assessments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:44:18 +0000 lwmiller 3755 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu Kirschenmann receives international organic ag award http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/09-24-2014/kirschenmann-receives-international-organic-ag-award <p>The leader of a worldwide network of organic organizations presented its top honor, the One World Award for Lifetime Achievement, to Fred Kirschenmann, a North Dakota organic farmer and Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/09-24-2014/kirschenmann-receives-international-organic-ag-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Organic production practices and comparisons Philosophy of sustainability Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:49:24 +0000 lwmiller 3732 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu Iowa Organic Conference to help producers meet growing demand for organics http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/09-23-2014/iowa-organic-conference <p>AMES, Iowa -- The 14h Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 16-17 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.<br /> &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/09-23-2014/iowa-organic-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Marketing Organic production practices and comparisons Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:30:30 +0000 lwmiller 3731 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu New Leopold Center toolkit looks at shared-use kitchens http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/09-22-2014/shared-use-kitchen-toolkit <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; It&rsquo;s not easy to start a food business. Shared-use kitchens offer a safer venue for food entrepreneurs to launch new enterprises and participate in the economic development of a community by creating jobs and markets for local products, and retaining money within the community. A new resource from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is designed to help community and organization leaders make informed decisions about starting shared-used kitchens.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/09-22-2014/shared-use-kitchen-toolkit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Business management, distribution and marketing Community-based food systems Market research and feasibility studies Models and assessment tools Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:05:35 +0000 lwmiller 3723 at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu