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  • Several C-CHANGE team members 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.

    C-CHANGE’s J. Arbuckle won two 2020 SWCS awards from the Social and Water Conservation Society.

  • C-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.

    The article notes that Heaton is developing perennial systems that can provide the ecological services and agricultural products to reduce emissions and capture carbon. Heaton is an associate professor of agronomy and extension biomass crop specialist at Iowa State University. See Heaton’s feature or the entire article, Earth Day Across America! 50 Earth-Saving Projects From Every State.

  • Lisa 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 about the award

    Schulte Moore is a professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute. She will be featured in the 2020 innovationIOWA magazine and recognized at a virtual launch party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 21, 2020.

  • de Kok-Mercado Receives Outstanding New Professional Award

    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.

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

    Iowa State University’s Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally reGenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE) is hosting its inaugural Conference on Agriculture, Technology and Innovation virtually on October 19, 2020. 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.

    In 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.

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    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.

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    Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University

    Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses bring the state a lot of political attention during presidential election cycles. But in my view, even though some candidates have outlined positions on food and farming, agriculture rarely gets the attention it deserves.

    As a scientist at Iowa’s land-grant university, I believe our state is at the forefront of redefining what agriculture could be in the U.S., and addressing environmental and economic challenges associated with the extensive monocultures that dominate our current system. I think these conversations should be at the forefront nationally. After all, everyone needs to eat, so all Americans have a stake in the future of farming.

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    Video: 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.

  • Dara Wald in front of a hummingbird mural

    Dr. Dara Wald, A Natural Innovator

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

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