ADVANCE (ADVANCE)

Mission: To enhance the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Susan Lamont, Director
Mission: To create a broad understanding of entrepreneurship among faculty and students of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its supporting components.
Kevin Kimle, Director
Mission: To provide independent producers and processors with critical information needed to build successful value-added agricultural enterprises.
Don Hofstrand, Co-director
Source of Funding: Partial support from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Business Cooperative Service. ISU Extension provides administrative support and serves as the fiscal agent for AgMRC and its projects.
Mission: Coordinate educational programs and services for beginning farmer efforts statewide. Assess needs of beginning farmers and retiring farmers. Develop, coordinate and deliver targeted education to beginning and retiring farm families. Provide programs and services that develop skills and knowledge in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, technical production and management, leadership, sustainable agriculture, human health and the environment.
William Edwards, Interim Director
Source of Funding: ISU Extension and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station
Mission: Provide unique research, development, demonstration and technology transfer facilities that enable the integration of biomass production, harvest, storage and conversion into a complete system while making Iowa State faculty competitive for extramural funding and internationally recognized as the home of cutting-edge bioeconomy science and engineering.
Kevin Keener, Director
Source of Funding: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station, USDA, U.S. Department of Energy, industry, state agencies and private grants.
Mission: To provide science-based analysis of the risks and benefits of genetically modified plant and animal products; and provide guidance and education to help safeguard consumers and the environment.
Manjit Misra, Director
Source of Funding: USDA, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station, seed industry, American Seed Trade and Foreign Agriculture Service
Mission: To deliver quality credit and noncredit educational offerings, provide reliable services and ensure exemplary support for technology use and distance education efforts of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station.
Gaylan Scofield, Director
Source of Funding: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Distance Education Delivery Funds, on-campus departmental projects, off-campus projects and private gifts.
Mission: To conduct innovative public policy and economic research on agricultural, environmental and food issues. CARD uniquely combines academic excellence with engagement and anticipatory thinking to inform and benefit society. CARD researchers develop and apply economic theory, quantitative methods and interdisciplinary approaches to create relevant knowledge. Communication efforts target state and federal policymakers; the research community; agricultural, food, and environmental groups; individual decision-makers; and international audiences. Established in 1958, CARD is among the largest university-based agricultural policy research institutes in the United States.
Catherine Kling, Director
Source of Funding: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station, federal and state contracts and grants and private industry.
Mission: The Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University, created by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2006, provides law and policy expertise to the citizens of Iowa and the nation.
William Edwards, Interim Director
Source of Funding: Fees and donations
Mission: Conduct pre-competitive research aligned with the needs of industry partners; transfer knowledge to industry to expedite the delivery of new tools for arthropod and nematode management; and train personnel for future employment within industry.
Bryony Bonning, Director
Source of Funding: National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, industry members
Mission: To develop the knowledge that will allow the production of high-value products, including plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites, from agricultural feedstocks that are compatible with industrial manufacturing systems, promoting rural development. The center's goals are: to improve the basic understanding of the synthesis, processing, properties and compounding of bioplastic and biocomposite materials; to develop reliable material characteristics data for industrial partners; and to support large-scale implementation of renewable materials.
David Grewell, Director
Source of Funding: National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, industry members
Mission: Established in 1984 to add value to and increase the utilization of Midwestern-grown crops to increase grower profitability and contribute to rural economic development by conducting basic and applied research, development, technology transfer and commercialization activities in developing new food, feed, biofuels and biobased products.
Kevin Keener, Director
Source of Funding: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station, USDA, U.S. Department of Energy, commodity boards, industry, state and public agencies, Plant Sciences Institute (PSI).
Mission: To engage in the discovery and application of science-based and indigenous knowledge to promote resilient, sustainable rural livelihoods in developing countries. Staff initiate and support collaborative training and development activities that strengthen the capabilities of rural people and their institutions to: improve agricultural and natural resource management practices; build assets; diversify income sources; and achieve food security, nutrition and health. CSRL’s partners are indigenous nongovernmental organizations, universities and international research institutes.
Denise Bjelland, Interim Director
Source of Funding: Private gifts through the ISU Foundation, the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station, government and private grants.
Mission: To serve as a catalyst for innovative projects and initiatives designed to improve the vitality of Iowa communities. CVC assesses and encourages best practices for stimulating entrepreneurship, philanthropy and rural-urban policy studies leading to actions that help to stimulate economic vitality of communities and rural areas. The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.
Mark A. Edelman, Director
Source of Funding: USDA, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station, ISU Extension, match dollars from collaborating interest groups and communities.
Mission: To add value to the egg industry by facilitation research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.
Hongwei Xin, Director
Source of Funding: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station, Iowa Egg Council and private donors.
Mission: Established in 1984 by a grant from the U.S. Congress, it uses comprehensive data and computer modeling systems to analyze the complex economic interrelationships of the food and agriculture industry. It is a dual-university research program. FAPRI programs are conducted cooperatively by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at ISU and the Center for National Food and Agricultural Policy (CNFAP) at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dermot Hayes and Jacinto Fabiosa, Co-directors
Source of Funding: USDA (special grants, Economic Research Service (ERS), National Research Initiative, Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management (PREISM) and industry.
Mission: To enhance the vitality, profitability and growth of the Iowa beef industry.
Dan Loy, Director
Source of Funding: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station and ISU Extension
Mission: The center was established by the Iowa Board of Regents in response to legislation passed by the Iowa Legislature in 2013. It pursues science-based approaches to areas that include evaluating the performance of current and emerging nutrient management practices and providing recommendations on implementing the practices and developing new ones.
Hongwei Xin, Interim Director
Source of Funding: Iowa Legislature
Mission: To promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.
Jason Ross, Director
Source of Funding: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station and ISU Extension.
Mission: To promote, establish and coordinate highly collaborative and integrated private- and public-supported research, teaching and extension endeavors that directly and sustainably support short- and long-term soybean farmer needs and global market demands for soybeans.
Greg Tylka, Director
Source of Funding: Experiment Station, the Department of Agronomy and the Iowa Soybean Association
Mission: Named for Iowa-born conservationist Aldo Leopold, this center was established by the Iowa Legislature in 1987 to conduct research on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of farming practices, to help develop profitable farming systems that preserve the productivity and quality of natural resources and the environment, and to work with ISU Extension to share these findings with the agricultural community and the public.
Mark Rasmussen, Director
Source of Funding: Endowment
Mission: Goals of the institute include conducting research to develop new cold-hardy grape varieties that can thrive in the Midwest, conducting enology (the science of wine & wine making) research, developing a wine quality award program that will provide wine buyers a quality-assurance stamp of approval, establishing an outreach program to the industry by training a team of specialists, and partnering with community colleges to develop job training programs specific to growing grapes and making wine.
Ruth MacDonald, Interim Director
Source of Funding: Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, ISU Extension, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station and the Iowa Wine Growers Association
Mission: One of five regional centers established to develop collaborative interstate research and cooperative extension programs for commercial aquaculture. The role of the director is to guide research and extension/outreach activities of the center.
Joseph Morris, Director
Source of Funding: USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Mission: To conserve genetically-diverse crop germplasm and associated information, conduct germplasm-related research and encourage the use of germplasm and associated information for research, crop improvement and product development.
Candice Gardner, Research Leader
Source of Funding: USDA-ARS, CSREES NC-7 Multi-State Project.
Mission: To provide objective analysis and facilitate public dialogue concerning the impacts of public policy on rural people and places. ISU is a full partner in the RUPRI consortium with the universities of Missouri and Nebraska.
Wendy Wintersteen, Board Member
Source of Funding: Federal grants and contracts
Mission: To improve the production, quality assurance, marketing, utilization and regulatory environment of seed through research, testing, teaching, outreach and international programs.
Manjit Misra, Director
Source of Funding: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Experiment Station, USDA, seed industry, American Seed Trade Association, Iowa Seed Association and Foreign Agricultural Service.