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Help Wanted: Planning Iowa's Sustainable Farm Future

July 9, 2007

There's a new statewide call for help down on the farm. The mission: helping farmers make profits while preserving soil and water quality. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University is looking for research ideas from farmers, non-profit groups, ag businesses and researchers. Rich Pirog with the Center says they are putting out the call for ideas in four particular areas.

“Marketing and food systems, ecology and policy. We also have a special call about grass-based livestock systems.”

Pirog notes they are relying on the resourcefulness of Iowans to come up with ways to improve sustainable agriculture in the real world.

“We need practices that farmers that could use as well as market tools that farmers can use to be able to help make decisions on which markets might be more profitable.”

Pirog adds that this will be the 20th year that the Center's highly successful grants program has put out the call. He says it has given practical benefits to farmers, including research on direct marketing of farm products, organic agriculture policies, and buffer zones to protect soil and water quality.

Information is available online at www.leopold.iastate.edu/.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA