November 19, 2021

The public is invited to a special event in honor of the memory and legacy of Iowa conservation leader Paul W. Johnson. Presenters will include Senator Tom Harkin. 

Family, friends and colleagues of Paul W. Johnson (1941-2021) have come together to honor Paul and his work to advance a private land ethic as part of policy, practice, research and education. A private land ethic builds upon the work of Aldo Leopold and other environmentalists, with a specific focus upon the role of private lands directed to agriculture in supporting that ethic.

Register for the Paul W, Johnson Legacy Launch.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Headshot of Stephen J. Dinsmore
June 18, 2021

Professor Stephen J. Dinsmore, chair of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, has been named interim director for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, effective July 1, 2021. He will take over when current director Mark Rasmussen retires June 30.

June 18, 2021

AMES, Iowa –  Iowa Learning Farms is “looking back to look ahead” through a webinar June 23 at noon that focuses on the history and progress of sustainability titled “Lessons Learned from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.” 

Read the related blog post by Iowa Learning Farms or listen to the webinar recording

Map of U.S. shows study locations in the Midwest Corn Belt.
June 15, 2021

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) has awarded a $2,044,214 grant to Iowa State University researchers led by associate professor Sotirios Archontoulis, agronomy, which will evaluate how maize breeding, field management and environment affect sustainable corn production. Additional support from partners including Iowa State University, Bayer Crop Science, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Purdue University and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will bring the project to a total investment of $4,089,857. Read more

black cattle at automated feeder
June 01, 2021

 The automated C-Lock Super SmartFeed System arrived last year at the McNay Memorial Research Farm near Chariton in Lucas County and is being used to monitor cattle and calves’ feed intake in research trials. Support to purchase the feeder came from the Iowa Beef Council, the Illinois Beef Association Checkoff Division and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  Read more

May 26, 2021

The Leopold Center's Advisory Board will meet June 2, 2020, starting at 10:00 a.m., 1493 297th Place, Woodward, Iowa. Minutes

LCSA Advisory Board Members List - 1987 to June 2021

shoreline with green algae in the water
April 15, 2021

In a blog for the Iowa Learning Farms and Conservation Learning Group blog, Mark Rasmussen discusses algae and water pollution. 

Woman taking water sample, cover photo, Story County Water Monitoring Report 2021-2030
April 05, 2021

AMES, Iowa — The Ames-based not-for-profit Prairie Rivers of Iowa along with staff from Story County and eight other organizations, including the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, have developed a first of its kind countywide comprehensive water quality monitoring plan for 2021 – 2

cover of Leopold Center 2020 annual report
February 26, 2021

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s 2020 annual report is now online. The 18-page report includes news of the Leopold Center's new conference table made from a historic tree, along with thoughts upon the retirement of Fred Kirschenmann, both from Fred and from Mark Honeyman, ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean. The report also offers articles on Leopold Center-supported projects, research and students, and an update on Whiterock Conservancy, the center's long-time partner. 

Read or download the report.

Paul Johnson, seated, center, with LCSA Director Mark Rasmussen and Elaine Spencer.
February 18, 2021

Poster on The Role of Beef Cattle in Regenerative Agriculture
December 22, 2020

A new video on "The Role of Beef Cattle in Regenerative Agriculture," by Grace German, outlines the benefits of cattle raised on pasture and managed using regenerative farming practices.

November 11, 2020

The Leopold Center's Advisory Board will meet Nov. 18, 2020, starting at 9:00 a.m., online via Webex. Agenda.

Two men standing on either side of polished conference table
November 09, 2020

A new conference table has been delivered to its home in the office of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The table may be new, but it has a notable past.

Man leaning against fence with cattle in background
September 17, 2020

Conservation Learning Group/Iowa Learning Farms blog by LCSA Director Mark Rasmussen

Image from Youtube video of organic field day.
September 16, 2020

A virtual Organic Field Day video recorded at the Iowa State University Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm is available for viewing on YouTube. The field day, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, covers research on a variety of crops, including corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa, peppers, winter squash and grapes. Funders for the research include the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. 

2019 Leopold Center Annual Report cover
May 15, 2020

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s 2019 annual report is now online, with an emphasis on LCSA partnerships with Whiterock Conservancy, the Leopold Landscape Alliance, Iowa Learning Farms and others. It includes research reports on calcium carbonate nodule formation in Iowa’s loess soils and the effects of grazing system on methane emissions in pastures by Jim Russell, animal science professor emeritus. It also includes articles about Spencer Award winner and farmer Paul Mugge and sustainability scholarships provided to Iowa undergraduates. Read or download the report.

May 08, 2020

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Advisory Board meeting, scheduled for June 11, 2020, has been canceled due to the ongoing situation related to COVID-19.  

March 26, 2020

In an Iowa Learning Farms webinar, March 25, 2020, Mark Rasmussen, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Director, discusses, "Carbonate, the Other Soil Carbon," sharing research

March 11, 2020

The 2020 Shivvers Memorial Lecture, scheduled for March 27, has been canceled. The presentation, "Eating Tomorrow: Climate Change and the Battle for the Future of Food," by Timothy A.

February 24, 2020

The Special Collections and University Archives Department announced that records for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture from 1977-2018 have been processed and are open to researchers. The collection contains the Leopold Center's administrative records, including grant applications and reports from the center's first three decades. The Leopold Center also maintains an online archive of its ongoing work, along with past annual reports, research reports and other materials in the Iowa State University Digital Repository.

February 06, 2020

During an interview with Civil Eats at the Stone Barns Center's 2019 Young Farmers Conference in December, LCSA Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirshchenmann discussed hopes and fears related to the future of agriculture -- and farmers and authors from whom he gains inspiration.

January 21, 2020

Proposals from five undergraduates representing Iowa State University, Drake University, Grinnell College and the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded funding in the first round of a new scholarship program supported by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

December 18, 2019

Junior and senior undergraduates at Iowa four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals to apply for the second round of the sustainability scholarship program


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