AMES, Iowa – Junior and senior undergraduates at Iowa four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals to a new sustainability scholarship program sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.
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
June 8 is the deadline to register for the 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference, organized by the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development in Pella on June 21 and 22. Those interested in learning more about how farm to school works, or ready to take your farm to school activities to the next level are invited to attend.
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.
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.
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.
Angie 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.
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.
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
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
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.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture funded the publication of Drake University's How to Improve Water Quality on Iowa Farms. It is designed to help farmers and landowners use public programs to improve water quality and promote soil health on their farmland. Link to report
The Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council recognized the Leopold Center for its significant contributions to funding grazing and forage research and education in Iowa over the last 20 years. The council honored the center earlier this year.
It periodically recognizes individuals or organizations promoting forages in Iowa and helping producers manage them.
For the past 17 years, we have been pleased to work with the Spencer family to present this award to deserving Iowans in agriculture. Many of the Spencer Award (nomination form) winners have been farmers who were shining examples of how to use a variety of conservation practices to make their land and operations more sustainable — and leave the land in great shape to pass on to their families.
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.
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.
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.
The Sioux City Journal reported on increased interest in beekeeping at a recent session led by Dordt College agriculture professor Duane Bajema. The center provided the funding of a just-completed grant for Bajema to hold a series of beekeeping classes.