WELCOME BACK!--Another academic year begins, so all things are new and busy at Iowa State University. Although the field day season is winding down, you'll still find lots of events on the web calendar of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU, including a series of informational sessions on nutrient reduction, adding cover crops to an operation, and local food celebrations around the state.
TRACKING BACTERIA--We followed ag engineer Michelle Soupir and her students to a cow pasture, where they showed us how they're collecting manure samples for their Leopold Center-supported research project. Learn more about their work in our newest On the Ground video.
DIRT: EROSION OF CIVILIZATIONS--That's the topic for the 2013 Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, which will be Monday, September 23 in the Great Hall of the ISU Memorial Union. Geologist David Montgomery will show us how soil use--and abuse--has shaped great civilizations from Mesopotamia to the Roman Empire, China and Central America. What lessons can we learn from the past? Here are the details.
PRAIRIE CONSERVATION STRIPS PODCAST--Brian DeVore from the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota presents a 30-minute podcast from his visit in July to the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City to see prairie conservation strips in action. His "Ear to the Ground" report is an excellent update of this fascinating new practice.
More about this research team, Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairies, or STRIPs.
LATEST ON MOB GRAZING--While we're on the topic of Leopold Center-supported research, Iowa State University animal scientist Jim Russell was interviewed about his work on mob grazing in the current issue of Hay and Forage Grower magazine. Check out the article, which begins on page 6.
HUNGER AMONG US--Fred Kirschenmann, the Leopold Center's Distinguished Fellow, has written an essay about global hunger that is featured by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (FESH). It appears as a guest column on the "Rooftops" section of the FESH website.
LEAVING A LEGACY--The Leopold Center mourns the loss of Dick Thompson of Boone, a farmer who co-founded Practical Farmers of Iowa, who died August 17. He was a pioneer in sustainable agriculture, always willing to share his knowledge, and a true friend of the Leopold Center. Dick and his wife Sharon received the Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture in 2004. Read more about him here.
25TH ANNIVERSARY--Another innovative organization turns 25 this year, the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, or SARE. Learn more about SARE's accomplishments and partnerships here.