USDA NIFA logoC-CHANGE Awarded Grant from USDA-NIFA

C-CHANGE was awarded a $10 million Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The grant expands C-CHANGE beyond Iowa State University to a multi-institutional consortium that includes Penn State University, Roeslein Alternative Energy, FDCE Inc., and the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment. The team will advance a new biobased value chain based on the production of renewable natural gas and associated bioproducts through the anaerobic digestion of diverse feedstocks. Learn more from the Iowa State news release


Advancing the Anaerobic Digestion Value Chain

[PHOTO] RNGC-CHANGE has received a one-year grant from the Walton Family Foundation to advance an innovative value chain to address challenges facing U.S. Corn Belt. The value chain is based on the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) and associated bioproducts through the anaerobic digestion of herbaceous biomass combined with manure. Learn more



C-CHANGE Team Members Win Soil and Water Conservation Society Awards

[PHOTO] J. Gordon ArbuckleC-CHANGE team members, including J. Arbuckle and Matt Helmers, are among the winners of the 2020 SWCS awards from the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS).  Awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in advocating and advancing the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources. Learn more


Schulte Moore Wins Entrepreneur Award

[LOGO] innovationIOWALisa Schulte Moore, C-CHANGE director, is the winner of the 2020 College of Business innovationENTREPRENEUR Award from innovationIOWA. Schulte Moore won the honor through her work on developing a novel and strategic system called Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips using the integration of prairie strips into a landscape defined by row crops of corn and beans. Learn more

In the News

Heaton Featured in Parade’s Earth Day Focus

[LOGO] ParadeC-CHANGE team member Emily Heaton was featured in Parade’s 2020 listing of the best Earth Day activities across America. Heaton is shown in her research field of Miscanthus giganteus being filmed by a crew from Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, producers of the  This American Land series. Learn more





de Kok-Mercado Receives Outstanding New Professional Award

[PHOTO] Omar de Kok Mercado

Omar de Kok-Mercado, project coordinator for C-CHANGE and natural resource ecology and management, received the 2020 Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award from Iowa State University. De Kok-Mercado coordinates and communicates the activities of the Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) as well as C-CHANGE. Learn more from the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

News Release

Iowa State’s C-CHANGE to Host Conference on Exploring Opportunities in Biogas

[IMAGE] C-CHANGE to host biogas conferenceIowa State University’s Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally reGenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE) is hosting its inaugural Conference on Agriculture, Technology and Innovation March 25-27, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Read the release at Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research site or visit the conference web page for more information.


Iowa’s water quality strategy is not working. Here’s what should be done instead.

[CLIP] Des Moines RegisterIn this article by Neil Hamilton, Matt Liebman, Silvia Secchi, Chris Jones, Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy has a solid scientific foundation, but it relies on farmer altruism. It’s clear this approach will require generations to produce measurable improvements. Read the article published by the Des Moines Register.


News Release
[PHOTO] Prairie strips

ISU researchers pave the way to make prairie strips eligible option for federal conservation program

U.S. farmers will be able to collect federal conservation payments for installing prairie strips on their land, and C-CHANGE-affiliated researchers from Iowa State University helped bridge the gap between the latest science and federal policy. Learn more in this news release.

[IMAGE] The Conversation

Iowa’s farmers – and American eaters – need a national discussion on transforming US agriculture

In this article published in The Conversation, C-CHANGE Director Lisa Schulte Moore says Iowa should be at the forefront of redefining what agriculture could be in the U.S.

[PHOTO] Dara Wald

Dr. Dara Wald, A Natural Innovator

The work of C-CHANGE investigator, Dr. Dara Wald, is highlighted in this issue of Link magazine.


How Do You C-Change?

In this video from Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research, C-CHANGE Director Lisa Schulte Moore explains the C-CHANGE initiative.