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Submissions from 2017

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Latino groceries in the rural Midwest: An examination of food security, cultural identity, and economics, Lisa Bates and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agricutlure

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Crop diversity effects on soil organic matter and nitrate retention in surface and subsoils, Michael J. Castellano

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Evaluating how private conservation initiatives may increase farmer adoption of conservation practices, Neil Hamilton

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Winter rye cover crop effect on corn seedling pathogens, Thomas C. Kaspar

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Integrating project knowledge and models: The next step in developing a Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme for the Big Creek watershed, Lisa A. Schulte Moore

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Small-farm business development incubator for refugee farmers, Nicholas Wuertz

Submissions from 2016

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Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit, Nadia Anderson

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Management and performance of Iowa cover crops, Jacqueline Comito

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Economic impacts of soil erosion in Iowa, Richard M. Cruse

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Protecting Iowa's land legacy: Soil and water conservation policy--Past, present and future, Neil Hamilton

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Sustainable Agriculture Land Tenure: The legal rights and duties of entity ownership of Iowa farm land and the next generation of landowners, Neil Hamilton

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Market development and logistics for local food distribution in the Cedar Valley, Jodie Huegerich

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A smartphone-based device for measuring soil organic matter, Meng Lu

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Covering the ground: A transformative approach to scientific learning for greater cover crop adaptation in Iowa, Fernando E. Miguez

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Predicting long term cover crop impacts on soil quality using a cropping systems model, Fernando E. Miguez

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Food safety, economics and environmental impacts of aquaponics in Iowa, Allen Pattillo

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Use of grazing management to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while increasing soil organic matter and water-holding capacity of cool season pastures in southern Iowa, James R. Russell

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Implementing an ISU Extension Master Grazier Certification Course, H. Joe Sellers

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Blurring the lines between working and conservation lands: Bird use of prairie strips on farmers' fields, Lisa Shulte

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Budgeting for organic dairying, Larry Tranel

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Watershed Stories: Grassroots efforts in Iowa's Raccoon River Watershed, Betty Wells

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Increasing local food consumption in rural communities by partnering with nontraditional food retailers, Teresa Wiemerslage

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Increasing the capacity of a local food hub to service the public school market, Teresa Wiemerslage

Submissions from 2015

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Determining threshold responses of plant-soil feedbacks to nitrogen deposition, Lori A. Biederman and W. Stanley Harpole

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Simple and fast detection of E. coli in agricultural water sources and runoff, Rebecca Cademartiri

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The complex role of tall fescue in grassland ecology, Diane M. Debinski, Karin Jokela, Rebecca L. McCulley, David M. Engle, and John Derek Scasta

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Performance of cropping systems designed to reduce nitrate leaching into shallow municipal well aquifers, Robert De Haan, Ronald J. Vos, Matthew Schuiteman, Nelva Huitink, Rebecca Ohrtman, Harlan Kruid, and Matthew Van Schouwen

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Linking soil and water quality with crop performance across a continuum of tillage and management strategies: Enhancing sustainability through soil-health-promoting practices, Kathleen Delate, Cynthia A. Cambardella, Matt Bakker, and Ann M. Johanns

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Planning grant for the establishment of a food enterprise center, Jason Grimm, K. Jesse Singerman, and Jessica Burtt Fogarty

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Sustainable agricultural land tenure and risk management for extreme climatic events, Neil Hamilton and Matt Russell

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Biochar and managed perennial ecosystems: Testing for synergy in ecosystem function and biodiversity, W. Stanley Harpole and Lori A. Biederman

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Integration of water, nutrient an carbon cycling under diverse annual perennial plant community systems in agricultural landscapes, Matthew J. Helmers

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Understanding microbial contributions to soil aggregation and organic matter accumulation, Kirsten S. Hofmockel and Elizabeth Marie Bach

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Demonstrating farrowing alternatives for small farms: Insulated tents for sows and pigs, Peter J. Lammers and Jay D. Harmon

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Capturing indigenous knowledge of small grain production, Drake Larsen

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Impacts of conventional and diversified rotation systems on crop yields, soil functions and environmental quality: Stage II/Year 2, Matthew Z. Liebman, Michael J. Castellano, and Ann M. Johanns

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Cultivating conservation: Bringing ecology, economics and ethics together, Thanos N. Papanicolaou, Christopher Wilson, and Kenneth M. Wacha

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Establishing shared-use processing facilities at three possible locations in central and south central Iowa, Jack Porter and Gary Huber

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Soil health and productivity in riparian grass buffers: A re-evaluation after 13 years, James W. Raich and Richard Schulz

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Enhancing botanical composition, wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration of pastures in south central Iowa through soil disturbance by mob grazing of beef cattle, James R. Russell, Harris J. Sellers, Stephen Barnhart, Daniel G. Morrical, and Helga Offenburger

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Quantifying the effects of alternative surface inlet protection strategies on water quality, Martin J. Shipitalo and Mark D. Tomer

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Investigation of bacteria transport and resistance mechanisms and implications for water quality from confinement swine and beef grazing production systems in Iowa, Michelle Soupir, Matt Helmers, Michael L. Thompson, Laura R. Jarboe, Antonio P. Mallarino, and Ramesh S. Kanwar

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Reducing local regulatory barriers to local foods: Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa Guidebook, Gary Taylor and Andrea Vaage

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Increasing the number of herbaceous species appropriate for restoration of nutrient capture by forest remnants in agricultural landscapes, Janette R. Thompson

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Using spatially explicit supply/demand and local participants’ perspectives to integrate urban agriculture with community planning, Janette R. Thompson, John Tyndall, Marissa Moore, and Linda Naeve

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Evaluating canola (Brassica napus) as an alternative oilseed crop and enhancing winter cover in Iowa, Mary H. Wiedenhoeft and Stefans Robert Gailans

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Suitability of winter canola (Brassica napus) for enhancing summer annual crop rotations in Iowa, Mary H. Wiedenhoeft, Rafael A. Martinez-Feria, Thomas C. Kaspar, and Keri L. Jacobs

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Insurance benchmarking for Iowa fruit and vegetable producers, Year 2, Sally Worley

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Small-farm business development incubator for refugee farmers, Nicholas Wuertz

Submissions from 2014

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Machinery management for small- and medium-sized horticultural farms, Georgeanne M. Artz, William M. Edwards, and Darren H. Jarboe

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Innovative equipment solutions to reduce costs and improve productivity for small-scale fruit and vegetable growers, Georgeanne M. Artz and Linda L. Naeve

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Convening the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG), Jessica Burtt Fogarty and Andrea Geary

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Understanding soil organic matter change: Modeling root and soil interactions across agricultural landscapes, Cynthia A. Cambardella, Todd A. Ontl, Lisa A. Schulte Moore, and Randall K. Kolka

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What drives corn yield stability in the context of climate variability?, Michael J. Castellano, Kirsten S. Hofmockel, and Jim R. Rouse

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The University of Iowa Biomass Energy Sustainability Index: A decision-making tool for the University of Iowa Biomass Partnership Project, Liz Christiansen, Ingrid Gronstal Anderson, Ferman Milster, Sara Maples, Aaron Strong, Adam Ward, Eric Tate, Tyler Priest, Emily A. Heaton, Lisa A. Schulte Moore, Richard B. Hall, John Tyndall, Maeraj Hafiz Sheikh, and Daryl Smith

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The extent and impact of trust ownership on the sustainability and resiliency of Iowa’s agricultural landscape, Edward Cox and Michael Duffy

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The Long-Term Agro-ecological Research (LTAR) experiment: Ecological benefits of organic crop rotations in terms of crop yields, soil quality, economic performance and potential global climate change mitigation, Kathleen Delate, Cynthia A. Cambardella, and Craig Chase

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Niche markets in the agricultural enterprise mix: Farm profit optimization and risk analysis, Shane Ellis

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Local food in every pot: Growing farmers in northeastern Iowa through public and private partnerships, Kamyar Enshayan

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Procurement tools to develop sustainable local food purchasing models for farm to school chapters, Jason Grimm

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Transitioning to ecologically functional production systems, Kirsten S. Hofmockel, Lisa A. Schulte Moore, Thomas M. Isenhart, and Randall K. Kolka

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Reconnecting Iowa riparian buffers with tile drainage (1), Dan B. Jaynes and Thomas M. Isenhart

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Reconnecting riparian buffers with tile drainage (2), Dan B. Jaynes, Thomas M. Isenhart, and Timothy B. Parkin

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Evaluating perennial crop options for inclusion in agroforestry systems, Jeff Jensen

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Sustainable production of bioenergy from agricultural and food waste, Stéphanie Jung

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Grass-finished beef pilot project: Cattle performance and welfare, Peter J. Lammers and Suzanne T. Millman

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Cultivating the agrarian dream: Aspiring agri-entrepreneurs helping one another choose their path, Andy Larson

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Column study to access bioretention cell filter mixtures for urban stormwater management, Sally D. Logsdon and Pat Sauer

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Crop availability of phosphorus in beef manure, Antonio P. Mallarino, Mazhar Ul Haq, and Nicolas Dagna

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Developing permaculture techniques for increased production and profit in sustainable year-round agriculture for beginning farmers and ranchers in southwest Iowa, Greg Mathis and Michelle Wodtke Franks

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Improving profitability for small and very small meat processors in Iowa, Nick W. McCann

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Growing up local: A value chain analysis of local produce in Iowa, Brian E. Mennecke

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Comparison of Biofuel Systems (COBS) Project: Biomass energy conversion and energy return on investment analyses for 2012 growing season, Fernando E. Miguez and Virginia Nichols

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Transitioning farmers to produce for wholesale markets, Marissa Nordschow and Johnice Cross

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Farm-metered energy analyses: Getting baseline data, ground-truthing changes, Teresa Opheim

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Increasing Iowa farmers' resiliency through the Practical Farmers of Iowa Cooperators' Program, Teresa Opheim, Sarah Carlson, Stefan Gailans, Sally Worley, Margaret Dunn, Suzi Howk, and Tomoko Ogawa

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Greenhouse production of high-value crops in an aquaponic system, David Allen Pattillo

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Building social networks to capture synergies in wood-based energy production and invasive pest mitigation, Jesse Randall, Tricia G. Knoot, and John Tyndall

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Fostering healthy diets in children through vibrant school gardens, Ann Robinson and Hannah Lewis

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Blurring the lines between working and conservation lands: Bird use of prairie strips in row-cropped watersheds, Lisa A. Schulte Moore and Anna Lynn MacDonald

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An automated mechanical intra-row weed removal system for vegetable crops, Lie Tang

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Field evaluation and system improvement of a semi-automated mechanical intra-row weeder for vegetable crops, Lie Tang and Kathleen Delate

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Farmer perspectives on ecosystems service management, land use targeting and the future of Cornbelt agriculture, John Tyndall, Tricia G. Knoot, Matt Helmers, Drake Larsen, J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., and Brian K. Gelder

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Suitability of winter canola (Brassica napus) for enhancing summer annual crop rotations in Iowa, Mary H. Wiedenhoeft, Rafael A. Martinez-Feria, Thomas C. Kaspar, and Andrew W. Lenssen

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Implementing a seasonal cycle menu for public schools featuring Iowa-grown and processed foods, Teresa Wiemerslage

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Recordkeeping education and insurance benchmarking for Iowa fruit and vegetable producers, Sally Worley

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Increasing visibility of energy conservation and renewable energy on Iowa's small to mid-sized farms, Carole Yates and Jeff Beneke

Submissions from 2013

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Investigating opportunities for enhancing farmer adoption of strategically targeted prairie strips in Iowa, J. Gordon Arbuckle R., Drake Larsen, Tricia G. Knoot, John Tyndall, and Emily Sorensen

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Game-bird preserve alternative-enterprise models: Soil and water conservation and value-added income diversification, Daniel J. Burden

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Impacts to the land-water-human system of rural Iowa from high intensity continuous maize production, C. Lee Burras and Thanos N. Papanicolaou

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Evaluating the impact of a decade of regional food system work on growers in northeast Iowa, Kamyar Enshayan

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Increasing access to healthy, fresh and local food to students in three rural public schools in northeast Iowa, Kamyar Enshayan

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Involving new immigrants and minority youth in local food systems, Jan Flora

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Improving soil quality by conserving insect pathogens, Aaron J. Gassmann, Erin W. Hodgson, and Eric H. Clifton

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Research and development of an online local foods buying club cooperative, Jason Grimm and K. Jesse Singerman

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Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure (SALT) Initiative II, Neil Hamilton and Edward Cox

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Drainage water quality impacts of current and future agricultural management practices, Matt Helmers, Ramesh S. Kanwar, and Antonio P. Mallarino

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Greenhorn Grazing: A modular pasture and animal management curriculum for beginning and transitioning graziers, Byron Leu

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Des Moines farm to school pilot project: Local sourcing for special events and summer feeding, Hannah Lewis

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Impacts of conventional and diversified rotation systems on crop yields, profitability, soil functions and environmental quality, Matthew Z. Liebman, Craig Chase, Michelle Wander, and Mark D. Tomer