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Leopold Letter Fall 2014, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Oct 2014

Leopold Letter Fall 2014, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Letter

ALL THINGS COVER: Cover crops have been the watch word this year – producers are trying or seeking more information about them. The Leopold Center has long invested in cover crops research, with five current projects seeking to fill in the knowledge gaps. Sometimes trying new things requires a little boost, as Director Mark Rasmussen admits, and Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann asks whether optimization is the answer or a flawed reaction to our current challenges.

OTHER FEATURES: Meet our 2014 Spencer Award winners – two people who are leaders in their community, take in the many activities of our local food team ...


Biomass Scoping Study: Opportunities For Agriculture In Western Australia, Kim Brooksbank, Mitchell Lever, Harriet Paterson, Melissa Weybury Aug 2014

Biomass Scoping Study: Opportunities For Agriculture In Western Australia, Kim Brooksbank, Mitchell Lever, Harriet Paterson, Melissa Weybury

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This report aims to provide a summary of national and international activity in the use of agricultural by-products for the production of bioenergy and biofuels. The summary is primarily an internal report for the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), but will hopefully be of some value to industry proponents that are interested in pursuing the opportunities provided by what are currently low value agricultural waste products. We outline three processes for obtaining energy from these by-products that may be appropriate for the farming sector in Western Australia (WA).


Leopold Letter Summer 2014, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Jul 2014

Leopold Letter Summer 2014, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Letter

CULTIVATING CHANGE: Many people are interested in getting their food locally, but what about energy? The Leopold Center has been helping the University of Iowa cultivate locally-grown biomass for power on campus, while another new model is taking local food to the workplace. Meanwhile, Director Mark Rasmussen looks at complicated chemical interactions and what could be their environmental consequences. Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann offers strategies for living in a hotter world.

OTHER FEATURES: We asked researchers how they would improve soil health. You'll also learn about the impacts of a program to reach landowners, a report from our local ...


Leopold Letter Spring 2014, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Apr 2014

Leopold Letter Spring 2014, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Letter

FULL CIRCLE STORIES: We have parting remarks that look to the future from long-time partner and sustainable ag champion Mike Duffy, who is retiring from Iowa State. We also have a guest column about soil and the legacy that we may (or may not) be leaving for the coming generation. Our research update includes a new look at turning food waste into energy. And we learn lessons from the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon to guide us forward in the years to come. OTHER FEATURES: Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann ponders the link between wealth and well-being. We’ll show you ...


An Introduction To Marine Invasive Species, Teresa Berndt, Natasha Bourdon, Rebecca Buchanan, Abigail Doane, Laura Doyle, Jacob Farrell, Angela Henrich, Blaise Jenner, Christopher Lockwood, Ashleigh Novak, Kiera O'Donnell, Hanna Pultorak, Wyler Scamman, Alec Strohmeyer, Keenan Tilsley, Markus Frederich Jan 2014

An Introduction To Marine Invasive Species, Teresa Berndt, Natasha Bourdon, Rebecca Buchanan, Abigail Doane, Laura Doyle, Jacob Farrell, Angela Henrich, Blaise Jenner, Christopher Lockwood, Ashleigh Novak, Kiera O'Donnell, Hanna Pultorak, Wyler Scamman, Alec Strohmeyer, Keenan Tilsley, Markus Frederich

Marine Sciences Student Projects

Countless marine species are invading new environments with devastating effects on the ecosystem, the local and global economy, and on human health. The frequency of marine invasions has been increasing in recent decades with a respective raised interest of invasive species in the scientific community, and the general public. The Aquatic Invasive Species class (MAR442) at the University of New England offers an informative overview of invasive species, targeting educated readers with a general interest in invasive species biology. Students in the MAR 442 class have worked on identifying the most important topics on marine invasive species, have reviewed the ...


Risk Assessments For New Bioinvasions For The North Sea Region, Josefin Madjidian Jan 2014

Risk Assessments For New Bioinvasions For The North Sea Region, Josefin Madjidian

NSBWO

This deliverable is a compilation of summaries of four scientific papers that cover different aspects of risks connected to marine bioinvasions in the North Sea Region. One of the papers looks deeper into global shipping and adds several factors to shipping density to describe hotspots for potential invasions and invasion routes. Two of the papers dig into concerns of regional perspective (the Wadden Sea), one developing a model of a specific kind of water body’s vulnerability to non-native, the other dealing with questions related to when a species should be stated as a non-native and when it has become ...


Monteverde: Ecology And Conservation Of A Tropical Cloud Forest - 2014 Updated Chapters, Nalini M. Nadkarni, Nathaniel T. Wheelwright Jan 2014

Monteverde: Ecology And Conservation Of A Tropical Cloud Forest - 2014 Updated Chapters, Nalini M. Nadkarni, Nathaniel T. Wheelwright

Bowdoin Scholars' Bookshelf

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has captured the worldwide attention of biologists, conservationists, and ecologists and has been the setting for extensive investigation over the past 40 years. Roughly 40,000 ecotourists visit the Cloud Forest each year, and it is often considered the archetypal high-altitude rain forest. “Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest”, edited by Nalini Nadkarni and Nathaniel T. Wheelwright (Oxford University Press, 2000 and Bowdoin’s Scholar’s Bookshelf. Book 1 ), features synthetic chapters and specific accounts written by more than 100 biologist and local residents, presenting in a single volume everything known in ...


State Of The River Report For The Lower St. Johns River Basin, Florida: Water Quality, Fisheries, Aquatic Life, And Contaminants 2014, Environmental Protection Board, City Of Jacksonville, University Of North Florida, Jacksonville University Jan 2014

State Of The River Report For The Lower St. Johns River Basin, Florida: Water Quality, Fisheries, Aquatic Life, And Contaminants 2014, Environmental Protection Board, City Of Jacksonville, University Of North Florida, Jacksonville University

State of the River Report

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Leopold Letter Winter 2014, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Jan 2014

Leopold Letter Winter 2014, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Letter

TAKING OFF: This issue features two things that are taking off: local food and prairie conservation strips. Once again we evaluated the Regional Food Systems Working Group and found that Iowa’s local food sector is growing, especially at grocery stores and institutions. Meanwhile, Leopold Center-supported STRIPS research moves to another stage – private farms. Director Mark Rasmussen gives us a New Year’s resolution and Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann returns to his query, “What’s an education for?”

OTHER FEATURES: The returns for growing trees crops, projects that target conservation practices, a long-term look at fertilizer and soil organic matter ...


Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture, 2013–2014 Annual Report, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Jan 2014

Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture, 2013–2014 Annual Report, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center Annual Reports

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