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Agroforestry On The Farm: Christmas Trees At Fisher Tree Farms, Clear Lake, Iowa, Jeff Jensen Dec 2014

Agroforestry On The Farm: Christmas Trees At Fisher Tree Farms, Clear Lake, Iowa, Jeff Jensen

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This case study of Mark Fisher's Christmas tree operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing perennial crops in Iowa.


Agroforestry On The Farm: J & B Chestnuts, Winfield, Iowa, Jeff Jensen Dec 2014

Agroforestry On The Farm: J & B Chestnuts, Winfield, Iowa, Jeff Jensen

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This case study of John Wittrig's chesnut operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing perennial crops in Iowa.


Agroforestry Of The Farm: Hybrid Hazelnuts At Hazel Acres, Fenton, Iowa, Jeff Jensen Dec 2014

Agroforestry Of The Farm: Hybrid Hazelnuts At Hazel Acres, Fenton, Iowa, Jeff Jensen

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This case study of Roger and Joyce Jensen's hazelnut operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing perennial crops in Iowa.


Agroforestry On The Farm: Elderberries At Natura Farms, Scandia, Minnesota, Jeff Jensen Dec 2014

Agroforestry On The Farm: Elderberries At Natura Farms, Scandia, Minnesota, Jeff Jensen

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This case study of Natura Farms elderberry operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing perennial crops in Iowa


The Economic Impact Of Iowa's 2014 Local Food Champions, Arlene E. Enderton Dec 2014

The Economic Impact Of Iowa's 2014 Local Food Champions, Arlene E. Enderton

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

These are stories of nine local food champions who support development of local food systems in Iowa. These profiles were produced for an evaluation of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG).


Agroforestry On The Farm: Ben's Black Walnuts, Centerville, Iowa, Jeff Jensen Dec 2014

Agroforestry On The Farm: Ben's Black Walnuts, Centerville, Iowa, Jeff Jensen

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This case study of Bill and Geri Hanson's black walnut enterprise was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing perennial crops in Iowa.


Agroforestry On The Farm: Aronia Berry At Winding Creek, Belmond, Iowa, Jeff Jensen Dec 2014

Agroforestry On The Farm: Aronia Berry At Winding Creek, Belmond, Iowa, Jeff Jensen

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This case study of Larry and Nancy Turner's aronia berry operation was prepared as part of a 2013 research grant to evaluate the potential return on investment for growing perennial crops in Iowa.


Impact Brief: 2013 Economic Impacts Of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group, Corene M. Bregendahl, Arlene E. Enderton Nov 2014

Impact Brief: 2013 Economic Impacts Of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group, Corene M. Bregendahl, Arlene E. Enderton

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This is a summary of an 18-page report: 2013 Economic Impacts of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group. The report looks at the statewide impact of the local foods sector on Iowa's economy, based on data collected in 2012 and 2013 by local food coordinators who are part of RFSWG.


Success Stories In Sustainable Agriculture: Helping Iowa Producers, Arlene E. Enderton Nov 2014

Success Stories In Sustainable Agriculture: Helping Iowa Producers, Arlene E. Enderton

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

Leopold Center support over three years has helped Ajay Nair, assistant professor in Horticulture, set up the ISU Sustainable Vegetable Production Lab, a research and education program to help small producers in Iowa.


Best Practices Of The Regional Food Systems Working Group, Jessica Burtt Fogarty, Alice Topaloff Nov 2014

Best Practices Of The Regional Food Systems Working Group, Jessica Burtt Fogarty, Alice Topaloff

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This is a working document of the Regional Food Systems Working Group that outlines some of the best practices for developing a local food system in the areas of coalition building, fundraising, promotion of local food, events and celebrations, producer training and workshops, sales to institutions, farm-to-school and fulfilling the facilitation/connector role. It was compiled from information submitted by regional coordinators of the RFSWG.


Abstracts Of Recent Leopold Center Projects, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Nov 2014

Abstracts Of Recent Leopold Center Projects, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

Read abstracts of research, education and demonstration projects that received funds from the Leopold Center. The 32-page document includes more than 350 grant projects completed from 1996 through 2014, listed by topic and year of completion.


2013 Economic Impacts Of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group, Arlene E. Enderton, Corene M. Bregendahl Nov 2014

2013 Economic Impacts Of Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group, Arlene E. Enderton, Corene M. Bregendahl

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This 18-page report offers a two-year look at the statewide impact of the local foods sector on Iowa's economy, based on an evaluation of the efforts of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG). The evaluation measured four indicators of economic change: local food sales by farmers, local food purchases by grocery stores, restaurants and institutions, job creation and funds leveraged to support development of regional food systems. Local food coordinators collected data in 2012 and 2013.


Funding Opportunities In Local Foods, Ahna K. D. Kruzic Oct 2014

Funding Opportunities In Local Foods, Ahna K. D. Kruzic

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This study presents information about 31 federal, state and private grant programs that are available as funding sources for development of local food systems. The summary includes name of the program, general eligibility and deadlines, and website links for further details.


Success Stories In Sustainable Agriculture: Marketmaker For Iowa, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Sep 2014

Success Stories In Sustainable Agriculture: Marketmaker For Iowa, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

One of our Success Stories in Sustainable Agriculture, this publication is a case study on the creation of Iowa MarketMaker, a database and website that has helped over 15,000 Iowa food businesses connect with one another and find new markets for their products.


Crop Insurance Considerations For Non-Operating Land Owners In The Face Of Extreme Weather, Ellen Essman Sep 2014

Crop Insurance Considerations For Non-Operating Land Owners In The Face Of Extreme Weather, Ellen Essman

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

Farmers have a number of tools to use in managing agricultural risk. This summary examines the relationship between one of those tools—crop insurance—and extreme weather. The paper focuses on how non-operating landowners (NOLs) might consider the relationship between crop insurance and conservation practices on their farms.


Cover Crop Business Directory, Practical Farmers Of Iowa Aug 2014

Cover Crop Business Directory, Practical Farmers Of Iowa

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This directory lists sources for seed, custom spraying and aerial application and equipment. It was compiled by Practical Farmers of Iowa for the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, which is supported by the Leopold Center.


A Landowners Guide To Perennial Crop Options, Jeff Jensen Jul 2014

A Landowners Guide To Perennial Crop Options, Jeff Jensen

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This document summarizes management practices, production data, pricing information, tips for success, enterprise worksheets and a financial model showing the potential return on investment for growing six perennial crops: aronia berry, black walnuts, chestnuts, Christmas trees, elderberries and hazelnuts. The guide and case studies for each crop also are available from Trees Forever.


Local Food System Toolkit Series #1: Developing A Worksite Food Box Program, Savanna M. Lyons, Nick Mccann, Teresa K. Wiemerslage, Nick Mabe Jul 2014

Local Food System Toolkit Series #1: Developing A Worksite Food Box Program, Savanna M. Lyons, Nick Mccann, Teresa K. Wiemerslage, Nick Mabe

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This is a guide for creating a program for pre-packed food boxes delivered weekly and picked up by employees at their workplaces. It is marketed to employers, such as businesses, universities and hospitals who want locally grown food more accessible for their employees.


Local Food And Farm Program: Final Report To The Iowa Legislature, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Jun 2014

Local Food And Farm Program: Final Report To The Iowa Legislature, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This is the final report to the Iowa legislature that describes the Local Food and Farm Initiative (LFFI) program during its third year and progress in business development and financial assistance, beginning and minority farmers, and incentives for local food productions. The report outlines other work by the Leopold Center and Extension's Iowa Food System Working Group that contribute to LFFI.


Production Planning For Aggregators, Savanna M. Lyons, Mary Oldham Jun 2014

Production Planning For Aggregators, Savanna M. Lyons, Mary Oldham

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This 21-page guide is designed for aggregators—businesses and organizations that create a single sales outlet through which large-volume buyers can purchase products from several local farmers. This fact sheet reviews the basics of coordinated production planning, explains how aggregators operate, and suggests things to consider when getting started. Examples are included from other aggregators.


Funding Impact Brief #7: Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure (Salt), Neil Hamilton, Edward Cox May 2014

Funding Impact Brief #7: Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure (Salt), Neil Hamilton, Edward Cox

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This publication looks at what's been learned from research on sustainable land tenure arrangements through a special initiative with the Drake Agricultural Law Center, and other opportunities created by the Leopold Center's major investment in this work.


Diversity Of Conventional Farming In Northeast Iowa: Why Do Farmers Farm The Way They Do?, Alice Topaloff Apr 2014

Diversity Of Conventional Farming In Northeast Iowa: Why Do Farmers Farm The Way They Do?, Alice Topaloff

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This is an historical case study of farm operations in the Upper Iowa Watershed of northeast Iowa that were shaped by the region’s unique geography and culture. The study documents evolution of farming systems in the region over the past 80 years as farmers adapted to rapid economic and technological changes.


Impact Snapshot: Local Food & Farm Initiative Program Outcomes And Impacts, 2011–2014, Corene M. Bregendahl, Arlene E. Enderton Feb 2014

Impact Snapshot: Local Food & Farm Initiative Program Outcomes And Impacts, 2011–2014, Corene M. Bregendahl, Arlene E. Enderton

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

In July, 2011, the legislature passed Senate File 509, creating the Iowa Local Food & Farm Initiative (LFFI). The LFFI was created to strengthen local food economies that promote self-sufficiency and job growth in the agricultural and allied sectors. The legislature allocated $150,000 to LFFI in 2012 and 2013 ($75,000 each year), of which 30 to 35 percent was applied to a competitive grants program in 2012 and 2013.

The LFFI has funded seven local foods projects focused on the areas of business development; beginning, minority, and transitioning farmers; and development of farm to institution sales. This impact brief shows how modest investments can leverage additional funds, create economic opportunity, benefit youth, increase awareness of local foods, and prompt new partnerships and projects.


Local Food & Farm Initiative Program Outcomes And Impacts, 2011-2014, Arlene E. Enderton, Corene M. Bregendahl Feb 2014

Local Food & Farm Initiative Program Outcomes And Impacts, 2011-2014, Arlene E. Enderton, Corene M. Bregendahl

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This is an evaluation of seven one-year food system projects funded by the Local Food & Farm Initiative (LFFI). The initiative is funded by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature and administered from the Leopold Center. For ever dollar of LFFI investment in these projects, another $17.92 was leveraged by project leaders and their partners.


Potential For Machinery: A Case Study Of Fruit And Vegetable Growers In Iowa, Nicholas Jon Pates, Georgeanne M. Artz Jan 2014

Potential For Machinery: A Case Study Of Fruit And Vegetable Growers In Iowa, Nicholas Jon Pates, Georgeanne M. Artz

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This 28-page publication describes field machinery used on six Iowa fruit and vegetable operations. The case studies looked at how size, diversification, marketing strategies and production methods impacted decisions regarding machinery.


Our Local Food Champions, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture Jan 2014

Our Local Food Champions, Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

In Iowa, local food is turning heads and returning profits. We gathered these stories featuring some of Iowa's local food champtions in action to illustrate a few examples of how regional and local food systems are being built in Iowa. All were produced as part of an evaluation of the Regional Food Systems Working Group, or RFSWG, by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.


Landowner Resources For Sustainable Farm Leasing, Drake Agricultural Law Center Jan 2014

Landowner Resources For Sustainable Farm Leasing, Drake Agricultural Law Center

Leopold Center Publications and Papers

This trifold brochure explains the Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure (SALT) Initiative, a collaboration of the Drake Agricultural Law Center and the Leopold Center. A number of resources have been created as part of this initiative including The Landowner's Guide to Sustainable Farm Leasing, The Landowner's Decision Tool, videos, podcasts, sample leases and other organizations.