Iowa State researchers show cover crops’ value as cattle feed

August 21, 2019

The Leopold Center, with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, supports research into cover crops that protect soil and water quality. But a recent Iowa State study found they also offer valuable livestock feed. Iowa-based information assesses the value and viability of cover crop feedstock for Iowa’s cattle industry, which represents an estimated $4 to $6 billion of economic activity in the state. More

Leopold funding leads to sustainable cattle production publication

July 18, 2019

publication coverA new extension publication reviews findings of a study originally funded by the Leopold Center. It is the culmination of an Iowa Beef Center project that was designed to identify costs, environmental impacts and best practices for Iowa cow-calf operations.

Advisory board meets June 12

June 5, 2019

The Leopold Center’s Advisory Board meeting is open to the public starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Iowa State Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms, 1308 U Ave. near Boone. Agenda

Leopold Center seeks Spencer Award nominations

April 29, 2019

For the past 18 years, the Leopold Center has been pleased to work with the Spencer family to present this award to deserving Iowans in agriculture. The winners have shared a desire to improve Iowa’s landscape, albeit in very different ways. 

Nominations for 2019 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture are due June 30.

Recording of Shivvers Lecture available

April 2, 2019

A recording and transcript of the March 25 Shivvers Memorial Lecture by Angie Tagtow, a registered and licensed dietitian with more than 25 years of experience in public health and food policy, is available on the Lectures web site.

Spencer Award winners recognized at Iowa Water Conference

March 26, 2019

Paul Johnson and Seth Watkins, winners of the 2018 Spencer Awards, accepted their plaques March 13 at the Iowa Water Conference.

Johnson, who co-wrote Iowa’s landmark Groundwater Protection Act as a state legislator, and Watkins, who farms sustainably near Clarinda were presented the awards by Elaine Spencer, a member of the family that funded the award, and Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center.

Shivvers Lecture March 25 features Angie Tagtow

March 14, 2019

Tagtow portraitAngie Tagtow, a registered and licensed dietitian with more than 25 years of experience in public health and food policy, will deliver the Shivvers Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. March 25, in the Campanile Room of the Iowa State Memorial Union.

Leopold Center releases annual report

February 13, 2019

report coverThe center marked "a year of introspection and re-evaluation" in 2018, according to Director Mark Rasmussen. Its activities and accomplishments are detailed in this annual report (12MB PDF).

Expiring Leopold Center grant impacts soil and water conservation district

January 14, 2019

The Allamakee County Soil and Water Conservation District reported, in a recent newsletter, that a Regional Conservation Partnership Program will provide project funding after a Leopold Center grant expired in January 2019. For the past three years, the Leopold Center grant has funded field days, workshops, speakers, newsletters, demonstration sites, displays and the salary of the project coordinator.

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.


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