We are a grassroots coalition comprised of current students of the Iowa State University Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, emeritus faculty and alumni of Iowa State University, farmers, and members of Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Environmental Council, Women, Food & Agriculture Network, and Practical Farmers of Iowa.
In spring 2017, when we first learned of the then-proposed cuts, we launched this website and a petition in effort to alert the public and let legislators know that the Leopold Center’s work continues to be needed.
Since that date, we have continued to organize through meetings and conference calls as we work together to plan the next evolution of the Leopold Center.
In fall 2017, three members of our group–Angie Carter, Carrie Chennault, and Ahna Kruzic–applied for and received a Public Science for Public Good grant from the Union of Concerned Scientists to launch a new public vision for the Leopold Center. This group has been central to that work, organizing a vision to be articulated through a series of advocacy videos and launched publicly in early 2018.
Want to join us or have a question? Contact us at IowaNeedsLeopoldCenter @ gmail.com.