News Releases Leopold Center Leopold Center News Releases en Leopold Center seeks research ideas for 2016 <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, farming options to create a more diverse landscape, ways to increase adoption of conservation practices, challenges to beginning farmers and development of food hubs and food distribution businesses.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Marketing Policy Cross-Cutting Competitive Grants Thu, 28 May 2015 14:14:38 +0000 lwmiller 4070 at August fruit and vegetable field day to cover production and best practices <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Commercial production topics and practices will be featured at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 2015 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, Aug. 10 at the ISU Horticulture Research Station, near Ames. The annual event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and conclude with a social and dinner following the educational components. The Research Station is located at 55519 170th Street, north of Ames.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Fruit and vegetables Grapes, wine and viticulture Organic production practices and comparisons Fri, 15 May 2015 13:40:25 +0000 lwmiller 4061 at Grazing native plants balances economics and ecology <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash;Can raising cattle support conservation goals? Researchers are investigating how grazing livestock on native plants can yield agronomic, economic and ecological benefits by mimicking natural processes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Often in agriculture, we think production and environmental protection of land are exclusive&mdash;you can only have one without the other,&rdquo; says agronomy professor Mary Wiedenhoeft. &ldquo;I am interested in both, environmental protection of land while producing food, feed, fiber and fuel.&rdquo;<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Animal management and forage Conservation practices Farming systems Integrated crop-livestock systems and diversity Weed control alternatives (not GMOs) Mon, 04 May 2015 16:15:50 +0000 lwmiller 4044 at Wendell Berry to launch new lecture series honoring Kirschenmann <p>Noted farmer-philosopher Wendell Berry will present the inaugural Kirschenmann Lecture on June 18 at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. The series honors Fred Kirschenmann, who has served as President of its Board of Directors since 2008, splitting his time in New York with serving as Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Philosophy of sustainability Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:47:43 +0000 lwmiller 4041 at Leopold Center encourages Iowans to celebrate soil on Earth Day <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Iowa-born conservationist Aldo Leopold developed his famous Land Ethic, which had as its foundation one of Iowa&rsquo;s richest resources, the soil. In the same spirit, Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, encourages Iowans to follow advice offered decades ago by Leopold and &ldquo;get the soil between our toes&rdquo; on April 22, the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Soils and agronomy Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:00:42 +0000 lwmiller 4032 at Leopold Center accepting nominations for 2015 Spencer Award <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash;The Leopold Center is accepting nominations for the 2015 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors those whose work demonstrates commitment to the sustainability of Iowa&rsquo;s family farms.</p> <p>Individuals may apply for the Spencer Award or nominate others. Nomination forms must be submitted, along with two letters of support, to the Leopold Center by June 8.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Philosophy of sustainability Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:53:48 +0000 lwmiller 4017 at Leopold Center Advisory Board welcomes new members <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Two conservation leaders have joined the advisory board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research and education center at Iowa State University.</p> <p>The new members are Cathy Kling, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, and Jody Kerns, a farmer and small business owner from Edgewood.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:56:37 +0000 trout 4008 at Research results available for five Leopold Center projects <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Summaries of five recently completed research projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Topics included the effects of biochar and nitrogen applications on perennial plant ecosystems, mob grazing of beef cattle, feasibility of a shared-use community kitchen in Des Moines, and ways to manage risk from extreme weather associated with climate change.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Marketing Policy Competitive Grants Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:12:11 +0000 lwmiller 4006 at Award-winning NY chef to address the future of food April 8 <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Dan Barber, co-owner and executive chef of Manhattan&rsquo;s Blue Hill restaurant and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, will speak at Iowa State University on a topic he knows very well: food.</p> <p>Barber is the author of <em>The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food</em> (2014), which explores the intersection of good farming and good food. He also writes about food and agriculture for the <em>New York Times</em> and other publications with national readership.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Food, health and climate change Philosophy of sustainability Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:35:19 +0000 trout 3968 at New report shows food hubs emerging as economic force in Iowa <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; The first coordinated study of food hub development in Iowa shows that food hubs play a significant role in the state&rsquo;s local and regional food economy. Thirteen food hubs purchased $4.5 million in food from more than 450 Iowa farmers and supported 58 jobs.<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Community-based food systems Economic and environmental impacts Supply networks Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:14:30 +0000 lwmiller 3962 at