AMES, Iowa -- Summaries of eight recently completed projects are now available on the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture website, covering topics that range from local food networks to invasive species to cattle grazing.
All five projects in the Marketing and Food Systems Initiative dealt with aspects of local food systems. Project investigators created new regional networks, offered food safety training, and studied how to help refugees and immigrants start farm enterprises.
One Ecology Initiative project designed a prototype rainwater catchment system for a high tunnel. A video and seven-page fact sheet about the project can be found on the Leopold Center website. Two other projects studied the spread of eastern red cedar in southern Iowa grasslands and examined the factors that influence how cattle congregate around pasture streams.
SOURCE: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture