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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
August 2-8 is National Farmers Market Week and also a great time to find the largest variety of fruit and vegetables at farmers markets in Iowa. According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa has more than 220 farmers markets, many of which redeem vouchers for fresh food that are provided for low-income senioars as well as women and children. The USDA hosts a directory of more than 8,400 farmers markets nationwide, a number that has grown by 64 percent over the past two years. IDALS has developed a free app that allows users to find nearby farmers markets using GPS location services, or searching by city or zipcode, available for both android phones and Apple devices. [USDA Flickr photo by Lance Cheung]