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FAPRI (Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute)

http://www.fapri.iastate.edu/
Established in 1984 by a grant from the U.S. Congress, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) is a unique, dual-university research program. With research centers at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University and the Center for National Food and Agricultural Policy (CNFAP) at the University of Missouri-Columbia, FAPRI uses comprehensive data and computer modeling systems to analyze the complex economic interrelationships of the food and agriculture industry.

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Iowa Lakes Valuation Project

http://www.card.iastate.edu/lakes/
In Iowa, many public lakes are adversely affected by sediment, nutrients, or other nonpoint pollution (see details from Iowa State University’s Limnology Lab). To make good policy decisions about water quality, it is important to understand the physical processes that affect water quality since water quality in turn affects visitation numbers, recreational uses of lakes, and the overall integrity of lake ecosystems.

At the same time, efforts to improve water quality entail significant economic costs; thus it is critical to quantify the benefits to Iowans of water quality improvements. This information will help Iowans and policymakers make the best decisions when weighing if and how to improve Iowa lakes.

On this Web site you will find a wide array of information for 135 lakes in Iowa, including visitation patterns, water quality, lake usage, and the value of a lake to its local economy. Additionally, this site contains economic analysis of the benefits to Iowans and communities from improvements in water quality. The information and analysis are part of an ongoing research initiative by Iowa State University, and new information will be added as it becomes available.

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SWAT Literature Database for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

https://www.card.iastate.edu/swat_articles/
Welcome to the SWAT Journal Article Literature Database. This is an outgrowth of the “SWAT review article” that was published in Trans. ASABE in 2007, that can be accessed via the link in the i_SWAT paragraph at www.card.iastate.edu/environment/interactive_programs.aspx or via a link on the SWAT homepage (swat.tamu.edu).

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EPIC/APEX Literature Database for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

https://www.card.iastate.edu/epic_apex_articles/
EPIC/APEX Literature Database for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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Iowa 80 Beef

http://www.card.iastate.edu/iowa80beef/home.aspx
The Iowa-80 Beef program is a pilot project that allows Iowa farmers and ranchers to produce top-quality, corn-fed beef that is age- and source-verified and linked to the state of Iowa through a certification brand.

Certification of animals and beef products through the Iowa-80 Beef program allows U.S. and international consumers to identify and purchase high-quality beef that has been produced and processed in the state of Iowa according to carefully controlled specifications and quality standards.