January Notes From Leopold Center

January Notes From Leopold Center

This month's e-newsletter from the Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University has a number of interesting news items

The January 2012 e-newsletter from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University has a number of interesting news items. A print version of this newsletter is on the web at:  http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/sites/default/files/notes/LeopoldNotes2012January.pdf

NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTED FOR LEOPOLD CENTER: A microbiologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been named the next director of the Leopold Center. Mark Rasmussen, supervisory microbiologist and director of the Division of Animal and Food Microbiology at the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine in Laurel, Maryland, will begin by June 1. His appointment follows a nationwide search. More at: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/01-05-2012/isu-names-microbiologist-direct-leopold-center-sustainable-agriculture

NEW RESEARCH RESULTS: Read summaries of nine recently completed projects funded by the Leopold Center.

Toward a new Homestead Act: Designing a farmstead transfer and leasing program for high-value farming and farmstead preservation http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/xp2010-02  

Experiential educational engagement with working groups and communities of practice http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/m2010-25

Engaging community planners and local elected officials with local food systems producers to integrate local food systems into community plans and policies http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/m2010-21

Assessing the business development strengths and needs of women and Latino farmers in Iowa http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/m2010-07

A food distribution network for the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/m2009-19

Building student awareness and involvement in the Farm to ISU program http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/m2009-14

Research and assistance in support of the Foodsheds in the Upper Midwest Initiative to measure the economic impacts of increased local food production and consumption http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/m2009-07

Corn silage test plot to increase profitability for dairy farmers and reduce winter wind and water erosion http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/e2009-02

Energy use and nutrient cycling in pig production systems http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/e2008-03 

Practical Farmers of Iowa will present Fred Kirschenmann with its  annual Achievement Award during the winter conference January 13 in Ames.  Congratulations, Fred! He also will present a talk about soil at a Tedx event January 21 in Manhattan, Changing the Way We Eat 

WOMEN CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE: That's the theme for the annual gathering of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) January 20-21 in Des Moines. The Leopold Center is a co-sponsor of the event, which features a presentation by FoodCorps co-founder Debra Eschmeyer. Details in the Upcoming Events calendar http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/calendar   

FOOD STORIES: All things food is the theme for the latest issue of STORIES magazine from the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read about many activities in the College on this topic, including several projects of the Leopold Center. More at http://www.ag.iastate.edu/stories/

CLEAN WATER STARTS WITH US: The December issue of this newsletter from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources features several projects with ties to Leopold Center work: "Passing on the land," "Retaining nitrate for crops while reducing impacts on wells," and "Network in the community to make conservation change" has Leopold Center support. Read the newsletter at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/water/watershed/enews/wisnews1211.pdf

MARKETING LOCAL FOODS: A new report from the USDA looks at how local foods are marketed: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err128/   

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