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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).
Jeri Neal, who leads the Leopold Center’s Ecology Initiative, recently attended a Green Lands Blue Waters-sponsored workshop in northeast Iowa near Calmar. She and the other participants explored examples of continuous living cover and the many benefits these practices provide on the landscape. See our Facebook album, Agroforestry Practices for Continuous Living Cover, for more examples of this approach. More about the Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group and the Green Lands, Blue Waters initiative to create more continuous living cover on the land.