March 15 talk: Strategies for sustaining high-production ag in the midwest university

Matt Liebman, Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, will give a talk entitled Growing Green : Ecological Strategies for Sustaining High-Production Agriculture in the American Midwest University. He will present the lecture on Thursday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m. in the Genetics-Biotechnology Center, Auditorium, 425 Henry Mall.

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Liebman’s lecture will speak to themes of considerable interest to many students and researchers on our campus: how to understand ecological relations as an opportunity for agricultural productivity, and not an unfortunate constraint on it. The hope for devising forms of agriculture that achieve this integration of ecology and productivity – so essential for sustainability – is one that has attracted considerable popular and academic interest, especially here in Madison.

Dr. Liebman’s talk will connect with this interest by integrating the results of research around the world – including this own highly regarded research – on how agriculture can be both productive and ecologically sound, with special reference to our own region: the American Midwest.

The talk is sponsored by the UW-Madison Agroecology program and co-sponsored by the Department of Agronomy, the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies, F.H. King Students of Sustainable Agriculture, the Center of Integrated Agricultural Systems, and the Department of Soil Science. Funding is provided by the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest.