News Releases Leopold Center Leopold Center News Releases en New 'Iowa CSA Farms' Directory now available <p>A directory is now available for those seeking out local, fresh food beyond the grocery store. The publication, <em>Iowa CSA Farms: 2016 Statewide List of CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa,</em> has just been updated to include the latest contact information from farms across the state who offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Fruit and vegetables Supply networks Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:34:50 +0000 cbrown1 4407 at Using cover crops correctly can improve field health for vegetable crops <p>Planting short duration cover crops can provide multiple benefits to growers who employ them in their fields. Cover crops can improve soil and water conservation efforts, organic matter input, nitrogen fixation, weed suppression and bio-fumigation, providing not only better yields but a healthier environment.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Cover crops, double crops, strip cropping Nutrient management Conservation practices Economic and environmental impacts Farmer profitability, enterprise budgets Farming systems Fruit and vegetables Soils and agronomy Water quality, quantity and management Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:27:41 +0000 cbrown1 4392 at Leopold Center awards research grants for 2016 <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is providing funds for 17 new research and demonstration projects to begin this year. The grants will aid in the advancement of sustainable agriculture while protecting Iowa&rsquo;s soil and water and also help Iowa citizens increase the availability of nutritious and locally-grown foods.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitive Grants Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:24:35 +0000 cbrown1 4387 at Summaries available for recent Leopold Center completed research <p>AMES, Iowa&mdash;Summaries of five recently completed research projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The topics include: nitrogen contributions to soil, soil health in riparian buffers, sustainability through soil health practices, and how winter canola can enhance crop rotations.</p> <p>The projects were funded by the Leopold Center&rsquo;s long-running Competitive Grants Program. The new reports summarize what was learned from each project, and offer links to related resources.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitive Grants Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:41:11 +0000 cbrown1 4357 at Leopold Center 2015 Annual Report now available <p>AMES, Iowa&mdash;The new annual report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture for fiscal year 2015 offers&nbsp; a &ldquo;tree-centric&rdquo; review of events, grants, and people as well as news of some trimming and growth.&nbsp; Just as the Leopold Center has done since its humble beginnings in 1987, trees &ldquo;start out from a surprisingly small seed, and can ascend to amazing heights.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:59:52 +0000 cbrown1 4352 at Crop Insurance, agritourism emphasis of IFVGA conference <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; The 31st annual Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association conference will be held Jan. 28-29 in Ankeny, Iowa. The conference will include a trade show, presentations by industry leaders and roundtable discussions designed to educate growers on a wide variety of topics.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agritourism and place-based food Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:53:05 +0000 cbrown1 4351 at 2016 Iowa Forage and Grasslands Conference features producer speakers <p>There is still time to register for the 2016 Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council annual conference.&nbsp; This year&rsquo;s event features many producer speakers sharing their grazing management experiences.&nbsp; This mix of invited grazing specialists and producer speakers makes this year&rsquo;s event special.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Animal management and forage Thu, 07 Jan 2016 15:22:03 +0000 cbrown1 4338 at 2015 Spencer Award recipients produce organic crops and livestock <p>A well-known farming couple from northeast Iowa has been chosen to receive the 2015 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. Tom and Irene Frantzen of New Hampton have devoted their life to ensuring their farm operation is both productive and sustainable.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Philosophy of sustainability Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:49:46 +0000 cbrown1 4320 at Newly completed research summaries available for review at Leopold Center <p>AMES, IA --&nbsp;Summaries of nine recently completed research projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Some of the topics include: how cropping systems reduce nitrate leaching into municipal well aquifers, patch-burning to manage tall fescue in beef grazing land, reducing the transport of nutrients through tile drainage of manure-applied land, municipal zoning for local foods, and the potential for community gardens linking with urban agriculture.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitive Grants Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:41:27 +0000 cbrown1 4306 at Start a local food organization in Iowa with step-by-step instructions <p>AMES, Iowa&mdash; Iowa Local Food Organizational Toolkit: Structure, Management and Finance from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is a set of new publications now available for those looking for a thorough treatment of how to start a local foods organization in Iowa.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:58:59 +0000 lwmiller 4278 at