Supporters to Gather Tuesday Morning to Call for Re-Funded Leopold Center

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At 10 a.m. this morning at the Iowa Department of Administrative Services’ Wallace State Office Building in downtown Des Moines, advocates of Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture plan to meet “to call for a re-funded, re-staffed, and re-imagined” center after GOP lawmakers last year stripped its state funding and tried to kill it altogether.

“Iowa faces agricultural challenges requiring collaboration, creativity, innovation, transparency, and science-based approaches,” the advocates said in a statement. “Now more than ever, supporters argue, Iowa needs a Leopold Center strengthened by a supportive public and a supportive home.”

They also produced three videos last week featuring supporters of sustainable agriculture in Iowa who are calling for “a new vision” for Iowa ag.

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Gavin Aronsen is an editor and reporter for and founding member of the Iowa Informer. He previously worked as a city reporter for the Ames Tribune, research assistant to investigative journalist Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice, and in various roles at Mother Jones, where his work contributed to a National Magazine Award nomination for the magazine's digital media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Email: garonsen [at] iowainformer [dot] com.