Based on findings of this project, the adaptive landscape changes needed to significantly incorporate perennial vegetation strategies into Iowa's Corn Belt-dominated agriculture are possible if a coordinated strategy of change is coupled across three scales: field/individual, landscape/community, and regional/institutional.
What factors promote or hinder the adoption of perennial conservation practices by producers?
The project revealed constraints and opportunities in the Corn Belt social-ecological system, and has the potential to inform the development of conservation policies and markets that encourage the adoption of perennial conservation practices. This means more straightforward workable policies from the producer perspective.
Lisa A. Schulte Moore
Ryan C. Atwell, Lynne M. Westphal
Year of Grant Completion
Schulte Moore, Lisa A.; Atwell, Ryan Cardiff; and Westphal, Lynne M., "Participatory ecology for 'Agriculture of the Middle': Developing tools and partnerships to bridge gaps among science, people and policy in landscape change" (2010). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 354.