Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University was created in 1987 as part of the Iowa Groundwater Protection Act. The goals of the Center have been to identify and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources as well as reducing negative environmental and social impacts. 

The Center is named for Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), a native of Burlington, Iowa, known internationally as a conservationist, ecologist, and educator. He saw the need for development of a land ethic, outlined in his 1949 book of essays, A Sand County Almanac.

Mark Rasmussen is the Leopold Center director.  A 17-member Advisory Board advises the director on policies, budget and program review.

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Leopold Center News

April 20, 2018

From 2 to 4 p.m., April 29, guest readers will read aloud from the writings of Aldo Leopold, an Iowa native who is widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America. The event will take place in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. in Ames.

Leopold's most famous work, A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949, is still popular with naturalists and writers and is applicable to many environmental issues faced today.


March 15, 2018

White Bread, Wheat Breeding and the Beauty of Place, is the title of the next Shivvers Lecture.
 
Steve Jones, professor and director, of the Bread Lab at Washington State University will present the annual lecture at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Gallery of the Memorial Union.

It is sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Department of Agronomy.


Of Interest

Mark Rasmussen, Leopold Center director, can answer questions from investigators about the revised grant manual and submissions.