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Collaboration Meets Innovation: Environmental Venture Projects and Realizing Environmental Innovation Program

Since 2004, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment seed grants have played a vital role in realizing Stanfords vision of a vibrant interdisciplinary academy that can generate solutions to the most pressing environmental problems of our time. The Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) and the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) have a strong track record of kick-starting high-risk, high-reward interdisciplinary research. The reach of these programs is broad: the Institute has granted more than $15 million to 103 research teams spanning all seven of Stanfords schools and 34 of its departments. These projects have touched more than 29 countries around the globe.

Perspective: Flood, Drought and Political Invasion in Rural Iowa

This posting, my eighth annual edition, comes again from our mid-sized corn, soybean, and cattle farm in Linn County, Iowa.  My wife and I may not be typical owners, but our farming operation is a fair representation of what is happening in rural America. The overwhelming reaction for 2019 is, “Wow, what a difference a year makes.”  In 2018, growing conditions were practically perfect; in 2019, almost nothing has gone right.

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