News Releases 2015

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September 2nd, 2015 USDA Reports Open Door to Lower Corn and Soybean Prices, Iowa State Economist Says
AMES, Iowa — The first field-based estimates of the 2015 corn and soybean crops from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were not what the grain markets expected bringing the potential of lower prices, according to an Iowa State University...

August 21st, 2015 Avian Influenza Impacts Fall Classes and Research at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — This fall semester nearly 500 Iowa State University students will be affected by the cancellation of classes at the university’s poultry teaching and research farm due to the threat of a resurgence of avian influenza. The...

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August 18th, 2015 ISU to Co-host International Conference on Swine Feed Efficiency
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University and Kansas State University will host an International Conference on Feed Efficiency in Swine in Omaha Oct. 21 and 22. The conference will deliver the results of the multidisciplinary Feed Efficiency in Swine...

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August 17th, 2015 New Manager Joins Iowa State University Western Research Farm
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Western Research and Demonstration Farm recently hired a new manager after the retirement of its previous manager. Chris Beedle, who graduated from Iowa State with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, was...

August 12th, 2015 Iowa State University Research Farm Late-summer Field Days Focus on Crop Conditions
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms late-summer field days will cover crop issues heading into harvest. Anyone is welcome to attend Iowa State field days, which take place...

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August 10th, 2015 Iowa State University Field Day to Cover Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Agriculture
AMES, Iowa — The agricultural use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, will be the subject of an Aug. 27 field day at the Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms. “Aerial imagery, including that from UAVs, has...

August 7th, 2015 Iowa State University Workshop Engages Instructors to Teach about Energy and Agriculture
AMES, Iowa –Teachers from across the U.S. learned about agriculture and renewable energy in a workshop at Iowa State University on July 7-10. “The production and use of energy is one of the most rapidly changing areas of technology, and it can...

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August 6th, 2015 New Staff Join Iowa State University Northern Research Farm
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm has a new manager and a new staff member. Matt Schnabel has been named...

August 4th, 2015 Iowa State University Ag Business Club Wins 11th AAEA Outstanding Club Award
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Ag Business Club brought back both the Outstanding Club and Creative Club Awards from a national competition. The SS-AAEA or the Student Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association has...

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August 3rd, 2015 Iowa State University Professor Honored by American Phytopathological Society
AMES, Iowa — The American Phytopathological Society has presented a prestigious research award to Iowa State University plant pathology professor Thomas Baum. Baum was honored Aug. 1 with the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in...

July 27th, 2015 Soybean Cyst Nematodes Overcoming Common Management Tool
AMES, Iowa — A common tool used to manage a destructive soybean pest is losing its effectiveness, an Iowa State University plant pathologist warned. “I have observed a slow but steady decrease in effectiveness of PI 88788 resistance against the...

July 1st, 2015 Iowa State Seeks Research Proposals For Tracking Water Quality Progress
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is seeking research proposals for a partnership to improve the ability to track progress on reducing the movement of nutrients from farm fields. The 2015 Iowa Legislature approved, and Governor Branstad signed...

June 15th, 2015 Canadian Gift Will Help Fund Avian Influenza Research
AMES, Iowa — Egg Farmers of Canada has committed $500,000 for avian influenza research to be awarded to and administered by the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University....

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June 8th, 2015 Bugs Will Star at Insect Zoo Open House July 1 at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — All things buggy will be on display July 1 when the Iowa State University Insect Zoo hosts an open house. “ ‘Come Get Your Bug On’ is the theme of the Insect Zoo's open house,”...

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June 4th, 2015 Research Reports from Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Online
AMES, Iowa — Results from dozens of research projects conducted last year at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms are available in reports online. The reports include results from projects dealing mostly with crop production,...

June 3rd, 2015 ISU Team KinoSol Awarded $40,000 for Solar Food Dehydrator Innovation
AMES, Iowa - An Iowa State University student team has won $40,000 in awards for a mobile solar food dehydrator built to help subsistence farmers in developing countries. Iowa State University Team KinoSol won $35,000 after competing in an...

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June 3rd, 2015 Iowa State University Research Farm Summer Field Days Focus on Crops
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms summer field days begin June 23 with a variety of topics focused on crop production. Anyone is welcome to attend Iowa State field days, which take place rain or shine. Field...

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June 2nd, 2015 Iowa State University Names New Sociology Department Chair
AMES, Iowa — Chester Britt, dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, has been named chair of the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University. Britt will...

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June 2nd, 2015 Iowa State University Names Economics Department Chair
AMES, Iowa — Joshua Rosenbloom, a professor of economics at the University of Kansas, has been named the chair of the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. Rosenbloom will begin his duties...

May 22nd, 2015 Gift to Iowa State Research Farm Expands Crop Research
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms will begin new crop row spacing trials thanks to a recent gift from local partners in Northwest Iowa. The Northwest Research Farm near Sutherland has been outfitted with a...

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May 21st, 2015 Iowa State University Seeks to Develop Pig to Benefit Human Medical Therapies
AMES, Iowa — A National Institutes of Health grant of $2.5 million will fund Iowa State University research to develop a line of pigs with an immune system that is uniquely suited to testing medical therapies for people. Four years ago, in work...

May 20th, 2015 ISU Dairy Farm Open House June 5
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm will celebrate dairy month with its seventh annual open house on June 5 from 6 - 11 a.m. at the ISU Dairy Farm, located south of Ames. Milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt are a few of the samples...

May 13th, 2015 Gift from The Nelson Foundation Supports Food Science Lab Renovation at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — A gift from The Nelson Foundation will make possible the renovation of the Food Science teaching laboratory at Iowa State University. The Nelson Foundation’s support will transform a 1,950-square-foot teaching laboratory into a...

May 12th, 2015 Egg Industry Center Looking to Fund AI Research
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University is seeking pre-proposals to fund research related to the current avian influenza (AI) outbreak. “Each year the center releases a request...

May 11th, 2015 Growth in Career Opportunities for Iowa State Agriculture Students Mirrors National Report
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University career specialist who contributed to a national five-year agricultural employment report says the outlook is bright for jobs related to food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment. “It’...

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May 7th, 2015 Identical Twins Take Same College and Career Paths
AMES, Iowa — It will be hard to stifle a double take when Adam and Austin Fichter accept their diplomas Saturday at the Iowa State University commencement. The identical twins will each be graduating magna cum laude with identical majors, or...

April 30th, 2015 Awards Presented by Iowa State University Agriculture Honor Society
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta, presented awards April 23 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students. Maynard Hogberg, professor...

April 30th, 2015 Iowa State University Soil Productivity Rating System Updated
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have released the equation for calculating Iowa’s Corn Suitability Ratings, the updated soil productivity index for the state’s soils. The updated Corn Suitability Rating 2 (CSR2) provides an index...

April 30th, 2015 Milkweed Planting Encouraged on Iowa CRP Acres to Improve Monarch Habitat
AMES, Iowa — Iowa farmers and landowners are encouraged to consider planting milkweed, the habitat of monarch butterflies, on their land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The...

April 29th, 2015 Iowa State University’s Agriculture and Veterinary Programs Ranked Among Top in the World
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s programs in agriculture and forestry and in veterinary science have been ranked among the world’s best by a British organization’s latest ratings. For the third straight year, Iowa State was ranked in the top...

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April 28th, 2015 Iowa State University Studying Water Storage to Benefit Crops, Waterways
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is partnering with researchers at seven other land-grant universities to examine the economic and environmental benefits and costs of storing water from farm drainage systems for crops to use later and to reduce...

April 21st, 2015 Eggs and Poultry Safe to Eat, Iowa State University Food Safety Specialist Stresses
AMES, Iowa — Avian influenza does not impact the foods that consumers eat, says an Iowa State University food safety expert. “Consumers should feel safe to eat properly cooked and prepared meat and eggs from poultry,” said Angela Shaw, assistant...

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April 17th, 2015 Iowa State University Students Win Overall Prize at Judging Conference
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University student teams won the overall award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference April 8-10. The...

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April 7th, 2015 Distillers Grains Symposium Set for May 13 and 14
AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, based at Iowa State University, will host its annual scientific meeting next month in Kansas City, Missouri. “The symposium will provide the latest information and issues on distillers...

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March 31st, 2015 Monsanto Pledges $100,000 to Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium
AMES, Iowa — Monsanto Co. has pledged $100,000 to Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to support the new Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, announced in early March, is a...

March 31st, 2015 Animal Learning Day - April 11
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club will host an animal learning day on April 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Learning Center, which is located at 2516 Mortensen Road in Ames. The learning day will...

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March 30th, 2015 Symposium to Focus on Whole Systems Approach to Global Food Security
AMES, Iowa — The Global Food Security Consortium and the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University will welcome experts from around the world...

March 20th, 2015 Ted Crosbie to Present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University April 1
AMES, Iowa – Ted Crosbie, retired vice president of Monsanto Co., will present the 2015 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture April 1 at Iowa State University. Crosbie, known for leading the establishment of one the...

March 4th, 2015 Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. City and university officials today (...

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March 3rd, 2015 ISU Scientists Identify a Seed Treatment to Curtail Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome
Ames, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University are leading a regional research project to identify farm management practices that help reduce Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. SDS is caused by a fungus that can destroy a small patch to...

March 3rd, 2015 Iowa State University Part of Land-Grant Impacts Website Launch
AMES, Iowa — A website with examples of how Iowa and the country benefit from teaching, research and extension efforts at Iowa State University and the other nation’s land grant universities has been launched. “The Land-Grant Impacts website is...

March 2nd, 2015 New Consortium Launched to Conserve Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Iowa
AMES, Iowa — Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s...

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February 27th, 2015 Iowa State Herbicide Guide Offers Strategies to Manage Resistant Weeds
AMES, Iowa — Using herbicides that differ in the ways they kill weeds goes a long way to battling herbicide resistance, according to Iowa State University agronomists. Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen, professors of...

February 19th, 2015 Iowa State Helps Develop App for Recording Pesticide Applications
AMES, Iowa — Meeting state and federal pesticide record-keeping requirements can be as easy as pulling out a smartphone or tablet for producers and agribusinesses, thanks to an app Iowa State University helped develop. The...

February 12th, 2015 Iowa State Student Selected to Attend 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University student, Malcolm Smith, has been selected to attend the 2015 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum. The forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” will be held Feb. 19-20 in Arlington, Virginia. Only 30...

February 11th, 2015 Iowa State University, North Central Iowa Research Association Set Educational Meeting
AMES, Iowa – Nitrogen management, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture and a grain market outlook will highlight the March 12 annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association, which owns the...

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February 10th, 2015 Iowa State University Part of Grant to Improve Ag Policy in Ghana
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has joined a partnership to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis and implementation in the African country of Ghana. The work is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)...

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February 9th, 2015 Lawrence Reappointed as Associate Dean and Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Director
John Lawrence has been reappointed to a second five-year term as associate dean for extension in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for agriculture and natural resources for Iowa State University...

February 6th, 2015 ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff Feb. 5. The awards included: The Early Achievement in Teaching Award was presented to Cheryl Morris, an assistant professor in animal science....

February 5th, 2015 Iowa State Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative Hosts Entrepreneur Agribusiness Executive Conference
AMES, Iowa – More than 40 agribusiness executives from across the nation participated in the annual Entrepreneurship Agribusiness Executive Conference hosted by the Iowa State Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative January 7-8. The conference...

January 30th, 2015 Thomsen Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
AMES, Iowa – Jacob Thomsen, of Kalona, has been named the 2015 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Thomsen is an agronomic consultant with Sinclair Tractor. He received a bachelor’s of...

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January 23rd, 2015 Iowa State University Collaborative Research Seeks to Increase Corn Production in Africa
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agronomists have begun research to improve the drought tolerance and disease resistance of corn grown by farmers in Tanzania and sub-Saharan Africa. Thomas Lubberstedt and Walter Suza, professors in the Iowa...

January 22nd, 2015 Research Progress Reported by Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — Two sets of progress reports are now available online for research projects funded through the Iowa Nutrient...

January 21st, 2015 Iowa State University Agricultural Job Fair Set for Feb. 4
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of the Agriculture Career Day at Iowa State University will bring 110 employers to campus Feb. 4 to recruit for full-time positions and summer internships. The job fair follows a bigger one last fall that drew a...

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January 20th, 2015 Iowa Soybean Research Center Names McGrath On-Farm Research and Extension Coordinator
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University has named Clarke McGrath as the center’s on-farm research and extension coordinator. McGrath, a native of Afton, Iowa, has served 15 years as a field agronomist with ISU...

January 15th, 2015 Iowa State University Announces Winners in Agricultural Business Plan Competition
AMES, Iowa -- Undergraduate and graduate students from 15 land-grant universities competed for $15,000 in cash awards at a new program developed by Iowa State University’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and sponsored by Stine Seed...