Matt Helmers, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Sustainable Agriculture faculty member, has been named the new director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, effective September 1st, 2018. Full article published to College of Agriculture and Li

"Local food is the rage and many people are making a connection between foods they consume and where the food is grown. On Tuesday, Sept.

Great exhibit in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, inspired by Aldo Leopold and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Various staff and students were involved in the creation of this incredible exhibit! 


Dr. Christopher Jones' lecture on Iowa Stream Nitrate and Dead Zone Resuscitation

We are excited to announce a a NEW sustainable agriculture coffee hour for all faculty, staff, students, and community guests. 


Watershed-Scale Simulator Developed by Lisa Schulte-Moore and Robert Valek"With this new version, we're offering students a more holistic learning environment, and teachers a lot more options to tailor PEWI to meet their specific instructional goals," said Lisa Schulte-Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management who leads the team that developed PEWI.

STRIPS 10 Year AnniversaryThis year marks a 10-year anniversary of the STRIPS (Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips) project. Iowa State University with the help from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and several other partners started the STRIPS project in 2007 at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

Lynette EdsallAs of November 1, GPSA is excited to announce our new program coordinator, Lynette Edsall. She comes with a rich resume of service to ISU and graduate education. Below is how Lynette describes herself: “I am an Iowa girl, born and raised in Cherokee. I took a detour to Minneapolis for a few years after high school but returned home after a serious car accident to pursue my education.

Valentine PicassoAgricultural systems have a major role to play in feeding the world while protecting the planet, and Valentin Picasso looks to new crops and new techniques that can further this monumental task.

Kathleen Delate receives Organic Pioneer Award from the Rodale Institute Director of Research, Kris Nichols, on September 9, 2017.Rodale Institute has announced the recipients to be honored at the upcoming 7th Annual Organic Pioneer Awards (OPA) dinner. The OPA is an opportunity to recognize a research scientist, farmer and business that are leading the way to an organic planet. Recipients include researcher Dr. Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University; organic farmer, Tom Beddard, Lady Moon Farms; and founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard.

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture LogoA listening session to gather input on the future of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will be held on October 18, 2017 at Iowa State University. The session is open to the public and will begin at 3:10 pm in the Ensminger Room at 1204 Kildee Hall. In attendance will be students from the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, as part of their weekly Colloquium. The GPSA is the first program in the US to offer MS and PhD degrees in sustainable agriculture, with many of the current students and alumni supported by the Leopold Center. This is one of several listening sessions being held around the state, led by a task force that is gathering input from the public.

Navreet Mahal testing stalk sap nitrate in cornNavreet Mahal, a 4th-year PhD student co-majoring in Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture, had a busy summer conducting corn stalk sap nitrate analyses on seven research sites in Iowa. The main objective of this project was to evaluate a new test to optimize nitrogen fertilizer inputs.

Albulena BashaFirst-year master’s degree student in Sustainable Agriculture and Economics Albulena Basha comes to ISU from Iowa’s Sister State, Kosovo. Albulena is one of the six students from Kosovo whose graduate education in the U.S. is funded by the Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) Fellowship, administered by the American Councils for International Education. This competitive fellowship has a stipulation that students must return to Kosovo upon their completion of master’s degree to help develop the country.

Ahna KruzicAhna Kruzic is a community organizer turned activist-researcher from rural southern Iowa. Ahna has worked as a researcher, community organizer, coalition-builder, and more. As Director of Publications and Communications at Food First, otherwise known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, Ahna coordinates, contributes to, and publishes communications, analyses, and research-for-action which seeks to dismantle exploitative racism, capitalism, and oppression in the food and agriculture system.

Suzanne MillmanAs more consumers take an interest in how their food reaches their tables, Dr. Millman, a professor in the department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine as well as the biomedical sciences department, has helped to usher the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine to the forefront of animal welfare research.

 A case study in the central Corn Belt."Several students presented academic posters at the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Research Symposium, held on April 19 at the Memorial Union. Each year, students have the opportunity to present and discuss their research during a poster session, as well as participate in a poster competition with cash prizes.


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