Advisory Board releases new mission statement

December 12, 2018

The Leopold Center's Advisory Board developed a mission statement to provide a new direction after state funding was eliminated in 2017. Director Mark Rasmussen consulted with an external committee, consisting of academic professionals familiar with the center's work and state agricultural needs, to revise the mission statement. Leopold Mission Statement

Spencer Award winners announced

October 8, 2018

Paul Johnson, who co-wrote Iowa’s landmark Groundwater Protection Act as a state legislator, and Seth Watkins, who farms sustainably near Clarinda will be presented the award at the 2019 Iowa Water Conference, which is scheduled for March 12-13, in Ames. Read more

Center funds help support organic research project

September 26, 2018

Matching funds provided in part by the Leopold Center made possible horticulture Professor Kathleen Delate’s participation in a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service soil health grant announced recently. The multistate grant, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will assess current technologies that could be used in no-till organic systems and determine which practices will help farmers protect soil health in their fields.

Ames Reads Leopold event April 29

April 20, 2018

From 2 to 4 p.m., April 29, guest readers will read aloud from the writings of Aldo Leopold, an Iowa native who is widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America. The event will take place in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. in Ames.

Leopold's most famous work, A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949, is still popular with naturalists and writers and is applicable to many environmental issues faced today.

Shivvers Lecture scheduled for March 26

March 15, 2018

White Bread, Wheat Breeding and the Beauty of Place, is the title of the next Shivvers Lecture.
Steve Jones, professor and director, of the Bread Lab at Washington State University will present the annual lecture at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Gallery of the Memorial Union.

It is sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Department of Agronomy.

Research uses light to determine milk contents

February 8, 2018

The center helped fund a study in 2016 by researchers in the Department of Chemistry that used fluorescence spectroscopy to identify milk from grass-fed cows. Jacob Petrich and his team in chemistry, measured the amount of chlorophyll metabolites in milk which is greater from cows fed grass compared with those fed grain and silage. Milk from grass-fed dairy cows is of interest to consumers due in part to its high omega-3 fatty acid content. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Former Center grant awardees invited to town hall meeting

January 19, 2018

Dear Former Leopold Center Grant Awardees,

The Leopold Center is hosting a PI Town Hall meeting to discuss future research area priorities as part of the effort to rebuild and re-imagine the Center.

We hope you can join us between 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in Room 0013 Curtiss Hall.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Leopold Center schedules Nov. 15 listening session

November 1, 2017

AMES, Iowa — Calmar, in northeast Iowa, will be the site of the last listening session to help guide the future of Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

The listening session, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Wilder Rooms 104-105 on the campus of Northeast Iowa Community College at 1625 Hwy 150 South in Calmar.

Leopold Center listening session set at Armstrong Research Farm

August 10, 2017

A listening session to gather input on the future of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, Iowa. The listening session is free and open to the public.

Neely-Kinyon Field Day Highlights Sustainable, Organic Research and Practices

August 4, 2017

The organic agriculture industry continues to grow and was listed as a $43 billion industry in the U.S. in 2015, with an 11 percent increase in the number of organic businesses. In addition, local food producers continue to increase in Iowa, marketing their crops through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations, farmers markets, and to restaurants and food service outlets.

Sustaining Our Iowa Land (SOIL) Conference at Drake University

July 17, 2017

The Drake University Agricultural Law Center, in cooperation with Farmland Stewardship Solutions, the Iowa Water Center, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and The Nature Conservancy is hosting a state-wide conference to help landowners share their experiences and learn how to protect their land, care for the soil and water, and develop the value of their farmland.

Statement from the Leopold Center regarding the decision of the Iowa legislature and the Governor

May 15, 2017

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into legislation on May 12, 2017, Senate File 510, a bill that included language to “eliminate the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.” However, he vetoed this segment of the bill, sparing it from elimination. Although the Leopold Center remains, Gov. Branstad approved moving its funding to the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University.

The Leopold Center, named in honor of renowned Iowa-born naturalist Aldo Leopold, was created as part of the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act, also signed by Governor Branstad.

March 28 lecture features former Iowa legislators behind creation of Leopold Center

March 7, 2017

AMES, Iowa — Three former Iowa legislators recall the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act and establishment of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture for the Shivvers Memorial Lecture. “The Leopold Center at 30 and beyond” is the theme of this year’s lecture with guest speakers Paul Johnson, Ralph Rosenberg, and David Osterberg. They will share their thoughts on the past, present and future as the Center commemorates its 30th anniversary this year.


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