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Submissions from 2014

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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

Identification of heritage chicken breeds with diminished susceptibility to intestinal colonization by multiple antibiotic-resistant Salmonella spp. Completed Grant Report, Kristi L. Anderson

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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

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Micro-farming: Reducing rural and urban food deserts through job training, Matt Mancuso

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The University of Iowa Biomass Partnership Project, Ferman Milster, Emily A. Heaton, Richard B. Hall, Jesse Randall, John Tyndall, Tricia G. Knoot, Nathan Young, Ronald Zalesny, Grant Domke, and Mark Nelson

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Enhancing value and marketing options for pawpaw (Asimina triloba) by developing pulp separation and preservation techniques, Patrick J. O'Malley and Lester Wilson

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Exploring the role of multifunctional agriculture on the future of agriculture and rural development, Thanos N. Papanicolaou, Kenneth M. Wacha, and Christopher Wilson

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Use of mob grazing to improve cattle production, enhance legume establishment and increase carbon sequestration in Iowa pastures, James R. Russell, Stephen K. Barnhart, Daniel G. Morrical, and Harris J. Sellers

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Agronomic, environmental and economic performance of alternative biomass cropping systems, Lisa A. Schulte Moore, Kenneth J. Moore, Richard B. Hall, Arne Hallam, and Matt Helmers

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Development of an online food safety training for employees of university farms and school gardens, Angela M. Shaw, Catherine Strohbehn, and Linda L. Naeve

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Getting the most from Iowa's forests: Linking forest understory composition to stream water quality and enhancing nutrient capture in forest remnants in agricultural landscapes, Janette R. Thompson, Cathy Mabry McMullen, Timothy W. Stewart, Michaeleen E. Gerken Golay, Randall K. Kolka, and Zachary Aaron Keninger

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Transplant production decision tool for vegetable producers, Joseph Ward and Chris Blanchard

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Iowa Farm Energy Working Group, Carole Yates and Kamyar Enshayan

Submissions from 2012

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Renewable energy feed-in tariffs: Potential opportunities for Iowa, Nathaniel Baer, Gregg Heide, and Rich Dana

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Building a food system framework to advance the health of Iowans - A blueprint for action, Michele Devlin and Angie Tagtow

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Meeting on-farm energy needs through conservation, efficiency and renewable energy, Kamyar Enshayan and Carole Yates

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Connecting family, community and health from a food system perspective, Kimberly A. Greder

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Systems model and prototype development to capture and use rain water run-off from a high tunnel, Raymond S. Hansen, Linda L. Naeve, and Shawn C. Shouse

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Increasing carbon sequestration of working prairie by reducing invasive species in a fire and grazing system, Ryan Harr, David M. Engle, Devan A. McGranahan, Jessica J. Veenstra, and Aaron Lee Daigh

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Quantifying eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) in southern Iowa: A starting point for conversations with landowners about threats to grassland resilience, Ryan N. Harr, James R. Miller, and David M. Engle

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Soil moisture dynamics and plant transpiration under contrasting annual-perennial cover types, Matt Helmers, Heidi Asbjornsen, and Amy L. Kaleita

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Evaluating denitrifying bioreactors for edge-of-field nitrogen management in Iowa's tile-drained landsacpes, Matt Helmers and Alok Bhandari

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Conversion to perennial vegetation: Quantifying soil water regime, aeration, and implications for enhancing soil resilience to climate change, Robert Horton Jr., Thomas J. Sauer, and Aaron Lee Daigh

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Mapping potential foodsheds in Iowa: A system optimization modeling approach, Guiping Hu, Randy Boeckenstedt, Lizhi Wang, and Susan W. Arendt

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In good company, Elisabet Humble and Jan Swinton

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Regional Flavors, Sherry L. McGill and Abigail Marie Gaffey

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Developing production, processing and marketing of aronia berries on small family farms in southeast Iowa, Patrick J. O'Malley

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Optimizing buffer strips for improved ecosystem services, Matthew E. O'Neal and Lisa A. Schulte Moore

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Credit, crop insurance and sustainable agriculture, Chris Peterson and Jon Bailey

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Site specific implementation of practices that alter the spatial/temporal distribution of grazing cattle to improve water quality of pasture streams in the Rathbun Lake watershed, James R. Russell

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South Central Iowa Area Partnership, local foods network, H. Joseph Sellers

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Impacts of GAPs and post-harvest handling practices certificate training on producers' on-farm food safety behaviors and perceptions of customer assurance, Margaret Smith and Catherine Strohbehn

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Defining the grazing season of restored natural grasslands, Chris Troendle, Tolif Hunt, and Mary H. Wiedenhoeft

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Assessment of woody biomass as a niche feedstock for biobased products in Iowa, John Tyndall, Jesse Randall, Tricia G. Knoot, and Julie A. Blanchong

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Iowa immigrant and refugee incubator farm program, Nicholas Wuertz and Linda Gobberdiel

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Educational presentation on reducing fossil fuel needs on Iowa’s small to mid-sized farms, Carole Yates

Submissions from 2011

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Pottawattamie County Farm to Fork (Phase III), Bahia Barry, Shirley Frederiksen, and Melvyn Houser

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Corn silage test plot to increase profitability for dairy farmers and reduce winter wind & water erosion, Jennifer A. Bentley, Dave Lawstuen, and Brian J. Lang

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Update of the Iowa Produce Market Potential Calculator website, Randy Boekenstedt

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Local food producer website workshops, Brad Crawford

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Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions from three dairy production systems in Iowa--conventional, grazing and combination conventional/grazing, Michael Duffy and Andrew Lee Herringshaw

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A food distribution network for the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership, Andrea Geary

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Producer machinery and labor sharing arrangements workshops, Roger Ginder, William M. Edwards, Georgeanne M. Artz, and Darren H. Jarboe

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Building the Iowa wine culture through improved quality, Raymond S. Hansen and Murli R. Dharmadhikari

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High-tunnel resource manual and producer resource kit providing the tools for profitability, Raymond S. Hansen and Linda L. Naeve

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Optimizing legume establishment in winter cereal grains, Emily A. Heaton and Jeremy Singer

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Energy use and nutrient cycling in pig production systems, Mark S. Honeyman and Peter J. Lammers

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Distillers Dried Grains (DDG) feeding and impacts on meat quality for grazing steers, Mark S. Honeyman and Daniel G. Morrical

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Transitioning the Pork Niche Market Working Group to self-sufficiency, Gary Huber

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Routing foods into southeast Iowa, Elisabet Humble and Mary Carter

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Building student awareness and involvement in the Farm to ISU program, Nancy Levandowski and Darrin Vander Plas

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Toward a new Homestead Act: Designing a farmstead transfer and leasing program for high-value farming and farmstead preservation, Hannah Lewis, John R. Baker, Jan L. Flora, and Andrew Larson

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Agronomic, ecological and economic comparisons of conventional and low-external-input cropping systems, Matthew Z. Liebman, Craig Chase, and Michelle Wander

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From farm to market in northwest Iowa, Dennis McDonald

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Feasibility of unheated large gutter-connect greenhouses for winter organic vegetable production in Iowa, Steve McLaskey

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The Landowners' Decision: Grazing and fire as management tools on Iowa grasslands and oak savannas, Lois Wright Morton, James Miller, and David Engle

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Reducing pesticide use in Iowa vineyards: Alternatives to herbicides for vineyard weed management, Gail R. Nonnecke, Lisa M. Wasko DeVetter, Thomas E. Loynachan, and Paul A. Domoto

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The impact of biodiversity services in row crop production in annual verses perennial landscapes, Matthew E. O'Neal and Lisa A. Schulte Moore

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Custom grazing contracts: Successful models to grow profit, avoid pitfalls, Teresa Opheim and Joe Sellers

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A feasibility study for the creation of a meat processing training program in Iowa, Joel Peterson and Jean Eells

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Adapting land retirement programs in response to Iowa's changing economy, Duane Sand

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State policy alternatives for biofuels industry support of sustainable production of biofuels feedstocks, Duane Sand and Anita O'Gara

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The actual cost of food systems on roadway infrastructure, Omar G. Smadi, Inya Nienanya, Marwan Ghandour, and Silvina Lopez Barrera

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Research and assistance in support of the Foodsheds in the Upper Midwest Initiative to measure the economic impacts of increased local food production and consumption, David Swenson

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Engaging community planners and local elected officials with local food systems producers to integrate local food systems into community plans and policies, Alan L. Vandehaar, Gary Taylor, Timothy O. Borich, and Stephen A. Lauer

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Experiential educational engagement with working groups and communities of practice, Betty L. Wells

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Experiential educational engagement with working groups and communities of practice, Betty L. Wells

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Improving veterinary care for organic livestock producers, Betty L. Wells and Jennifer O'Neill

Submissions from 2010

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Strategies to stabilize locally grown produce for year-round sales: A feasibility study, Sam Beattie, Lester Wilson, Aubrey Mendonca, and Stéphanie Jung

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New Farmer Jump Start Project, Keith Booth and Steve Olsen

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Shaping a functional and sustainable biofuels industry through bridging industrial needs with farmer production capabilities, Richard M. Cruse, James Richardson, Carl Herndl, Mack C. Shelley II, Elena Yu Polush, Brent H. Shanks, and Carl Roberts

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Pottawattamie County Farm to Fork, Barry Deuel and Shirley Fredriksen

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Is the meat goat enterprise profitable and sustainable?, Dennis D. DeWitt, Tom Olsen, and Daniel G. Morrical

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Beginning and mid-size Farm Bill analysis: Policy option development and education initiative, Michael Duffy and Tracy Bruckner

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Establishing an Iowa Microenterprise Foundation, Mark A. Edelman and Ronald S. Prescott

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Latino farmers and local multicultural food and marketing systems, Jan Flora

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New strategies to enhance sustainability of apple orchards, Mark Gleason, Donald R. Lewis, Matthew Z. Liebman, Paul A. Domoto, Gaile R. Nonnecke, Michael Duffy, Lester Wilson, and Cheryl A. Reitmeier

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Strategies to effectively promote and market on-farm retail enterprises, Raymond S. Hansen and Marsha A. Laux