News Releases Leopold Center Leopold Center News Releases en Glory to the grass: UI wins Governor's award for using grass as renewable energy source <p><strong><span style="color:#900;text-transform:uppercase;">NOTE: </span>The Leopold Center has played a key role in this project and in <a href="/university-iowa-biomass-partnership-project" target="_top">sustainable biomass production</a>. Congratulations to the University of Iowa Biomass Project for this honor.</strong></p> <p>IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has been recognized by the Iowa governor&rsquo;s office for its initiative to use a locally-available grass to reduce the university&rsquo;s carbon footprint.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Cutting Bioeconomy and energy Economic and environmental impacts Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:30:32 +0000 lwmiller 4152 at Iowa food hub start-up strategy is basis for new publication <p>WEST UNION, Iowa &ndash; A new publication describes how emerging food hubs can grow successfully under money constraints if cash flow is managed strategically. Produced by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Food Hub, <em>Managing Cash Flow for a Low-Capital Food Hub Start-Up</em> is part of the &ldquo;Iowa Food Hub: Local Food System Toolkit&rdquo; series designed to share knowledge gleaned from local foods work and research in Northeast Iowa.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Business management, distribution and marketing Community-based food systems Food miles, food pathways, food system assessments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 22:18:08 +0000 lwmiller 4145 at New research outlines potential for 'slow money' in local food, systainable agriculture <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Recently published research from Iowa State University shines a spotlight on the &ldquo;slow money&rdquo; movement, which seeks to match locally produced and environmentally friendly food and artisanal products and services with fresh capital investment.<br /> <br /> The growing fiduciary philosophy embraces environmental and social benefits in addition to financial gains, said Priyanka Jayashankar, an adjunct assistant professor of management and lead author of the study. &nbsp;<br /> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human systems, demographics and beginning farmer programs Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:57:45 +0000 lwmiller 4120 at Research results available for eleven Leopold Center projects <p>AMES, Iowa &ndash; Summaries of 11 recently completed research projects are available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The research covered many topics &ndash; from water quality and alternative practices for corn and soybean systems, to activities that support expansion of local food production in Iowa.</p> <p>All 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> Ecology Marketing Competitive Grants Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:15:08 +0000 lwmiller 4117 at National Pollinator Week <p><strong><span style="color:#900;text-transform:uppercase;">Blank Park Zoo and 37 organizations combine forces to encourage the planting of butterfly gardens in the state of Iowa during National Pollinator Week, June 15-21.</span></strong></p> <p>DES MOINES, Iowa &ndash; Iowa&rsquo;s Blank Park Zoo is teaming up with local, regional and national organizations to encourage Iowans to plant butterfly gardens to help support declining pollinators like the iconic monarch butterfly.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ecology Conservation practices Economic and environmental impacts Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:18:09 +0000 lwmiller 4089 at NCR-SARE announces 2015 'NCR-SARE Hero' recognition for Jerry DeWitt, George Bird <p>ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that George Bird of East Lansing, Michigan and Jerry DeWitt of Holly Springs, North Carolina are being honored as 2015 &ldquo;NCR-SARE Heroes.&rdquo;</p> <p>Coordinated by the Alumni Organization of the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, this recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the north central region. The NCR-SARE Hero Award recognizes individuals who</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Philosophy of sustainability Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:13:39 +0000 lwmiller 4097 at 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