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“A bad session for farmers overall” Iowa Farmers Union Lehman on cuts to Leopold Center and others

We hope all will read this article appearing in Iowa Farmer Today. Here are our thoughts on it… We found Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill’s comments interesting: “In a word, disappointment,” says Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill when describing his response to the session. Remember, the 1987 Groundwater Protection Act was bipartisan legislation… Read More

Held: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Faces a Shut-Down

The following article appeared originally in Civil Eats on May 5, 2017. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Faces a Shut-Down The national leader in sustainable agriculture research has worked to revitalize Iowa’s farm economy for 30 years. Now, its future is in the crosshairs. By Lisa Held  |  Agroecology, Food Policy, Good Food Vanguard… Read More

Action Alert! Send Comments to Gov. Branstad

Iowa State University’s Alliance for Iowa State issued this action alert on Monday, April 24th. We encourage you to share it far and wide! Even if you’ve already called and already written the Governor, do it again. We will not forget that he has the power to veto the Leopold Center cuts no matter how… Read More

Governor, Veto the Leopold Center Cuts!

We need you to CONTINUE to contact Governor Branstad’s office and remind him why it is important he veto the cuts to the Leopold Center. Let’s get those phones ringing off the hook Monday morning! Letting the bill sit on his desk is not going to make us forget how important this Center is to… Read More

Keeney: Happy Earth Day!

This op-ed from former Leopold Center director, Dennis Keeney, appeared in the Ames Tribune on Friday, April 21. Happy Earth Day! by Dennis Keeney Iowa Republican legislators know how to honor Earth Day (Officially April 22 but for me, everyday is Earth Day.) They just wipe out environmental programs. It has been a tough week… Read More

Urgent: Call Governor’s Office!

Sad news this morning. Despite much work on behalf of Leopold Center supporters at the capitol and in the media, the bill zeroing out money to the Leopold Center is now on the Governor’s desk. We need another flood of calls this morning demanding he protect the Center’s work and legacy and veto this dangerous… Read More

Obradovich: GOP wants businesses to control environmental research

The following op-ed originally appeared in the Des Moines Register. GOP wants businesses to control environmental research It’s all about priorities. That’s what Rep. Pat Grassley, Republican from New Hartford, said Monday about his party’s plan to root out centers for environmental research at two state universities. “We have to make these tough decisions, and… Read More

Basche: Sustainable Agriculture on the Chopping Block in Iowa

This blog originally appeared on the website of Union for Concerned Scientists.   Photo: Iowa State University/Lisa Schulte Moore Sustainable Agriculture on the Chopping Block in Iowa Andrea Basche, Kendall Science Fellow | April 17, 2017, 1:08 pm EDT There has been unsettling news out of my former home over the last week, as the… Read More

Public Science Under Attack: Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

This blog written by four Iowa State University graduates originally appeared on Food First’s website. Public Science Under Attack: Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Ahna Kruzic, Andrea Basche, Angie Carter and Gabrielle Roesch-McNally 04.17.2017 Photo by David Cornwell, CC / BY All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the… Read More