"The Art of Agriculture," as practiced by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, is showcased in the Center's just-issued FY2003 annual report.

The "artful" approach reflects the Center's efforts to establish three research initiatives, maintain its competitive grants program, and continue to collaborate with new partners while coping with a significant budget shortfall and the need to raise additional funds. A timeline within the annual report shows the progress made in the last three years to refocus and more finely hone the Center's research programs.

Updates from each of the initiatives--policy, ecology, and marketing and food systems--explain the new and continuing programs in these areas. Readers can check out summaries of projects in each initiative as well as the ongoing competitive grants work.

The report chronicles how the Center managed the $1 million budget cut and how its many supporters responded to the challenge of fundraising to help sustain the Center's activities. The Center shows how it worked to maintain its important commitments to Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Long-Term Agroecological Research program at ISU, the Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Program at ISU, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation value chains work.

The Leopold Center's annual report was compiled and edited by Mary Adams, with graphic design provided by the award-winning firm, Juls Design of Ankeny, Iowa.

To get a free copy of the 36-page report, contact the Leopold Center, 209 Curtiss Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1050; telephone: 515-294-3711; or by e-mail at

Through its research and education programs, the Leopold Center supports the development of profitable farming systems that conserve natural resources. Center funding comes from state appropriations and from fees on nitrogen fertilizer and pesticides, as established by the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act.

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