EDITOR’S NOTE: This press release has been updated from a version published June 22, 2021 to include a recording of the webinar.
AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms “looks back to look ahead” during a webinar recorded June 23 that focuses on the history and progress of sustainability titled “Lessons Learned from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.”
Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, reviews the history of the Leopold Center. This history illustrates that many of the issues and challenges in agriculture that were points of contention when the Leopold Center was created are still with us today.
“Progress at times has been slow and demonstrates that sustainability is a continual journey rather than a set endpoint,” said Rasmussen. “New approaches to old problems are needed to keep Iowa agriculture vibrant.”
Rasmussen has been the director of the Leopold Center since 2012 and is also a tenured professor in the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science. His current work and research interests are in microbiology and climate change.
— Hilary Pierce, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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