The Leopold Center has operated a competitive agriculture research grants program since 1988 for research, education and demonstration projects that now cover four initiatives: Marketing and Food Systems, Ecology, Policy and Cross-cutting.
Below are printable summaries of research reports for all grant projects completed in 2011. These documents show major findings, impact and outreach from each project, condensed from the final project reports submitted by principal investigators.
- Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions from three dairy production systems in Iowa—conventional, grazing and combination conventional/grazing [One-page brief] [Summary]
- High-tunnel resource manual and producer resource kit providing the tools for profitability [One-page brief] [Summary]
- Experiential educational engagement with working groups and communities of practice [One-page brief] [Summary]
- NEW! A feasibility study for the creation of a meat processing training program in Iowa [One-page brief] [Summary]
- This impact of biodiversity services in row crop production in annual versus persennial landscapes [One-page brief] [Summary]
- Reducing pesticide use in Iowa vineyards: Alternatives to herbicides for vineyard weed management [One-page brief] [Summary]
- Feasibility of unheated large gutter-connected greenhouse for winter organic vegetable production in Iowa [One-page brief] [Summary]
- Distillers Dried Grains (DDG) feeding and impacts on meat quality for grazing steers [One-page brief] [Summary]