Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Center's mission includes an educational component to inform the agricultural community and the general public about its 30 years of research findings.
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Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

513 Farm House Lane, Ames, Iowa 50011, United States

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The Center's mission includes an educational component to inform the agricultural community and the general public about its 30 years of research findings.

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Agroecology
Establishment year:
1987
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The Center's work focuses on four initiatives: ecology, marketing and food systems, policy, and cross-cutting. Funding comes from state appropriations and from fees on nitrogen fertilizer and pesticides, as established by the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act.

The Center is named for Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), a native of Burlington, Iowa, known internationally as a conservationist, ecologist, and educator. He saw the need for development of a land ethic, outlined in his 1949 book of essays, A Sand County Almanac.

Mark Rasmussen is the Leopold Center director.  A 17-member Advisory Board advises the director on research proposal funding, policies, budget and program review. 

As part of its long-standing Competitive Grants Program, the Leopold Center makes funds available to researchers, investigators, and educators at all Iowa colleges and universities, and at Iowa nonprofit agencies and foundations. These awards often act as seed money for other larger sources of funding for research projects. Since 1988, the Leopold Center has awarded more than 500 competitive grants.

The Center's mission includes an educational component to inform the agricultural community and the general public about its research findings. The Center collaborates with ISU Extension and Outreach and others to communicate research findings. It also supports conferences, seminars and special events related to the four research initiatives.

The Leopold Center has a national reputation for supporting cutting-edge research which is leading to significant dividends for Iowa -- cleaner water, better conservation of natural resources, and greater agricultural vitality.

About The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook

The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook is a free database of degree programs, consultants, scholarships, funding, conferences, and other education and training resources for professionals and students focused on food systems work. It is published by the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems in collaboration with the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). The Lyson Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University).

 

Contact Duncan Hilchey with any questions or comments.