December 20th, 2005
Pilot Program Offers Agronomy Class, Scholarships to High School
Ames, Iowa — This semester high school students from Chicago have taken an online course from Iowa State University as they prepare for careers in the agriculture industry. With a little extra effort, they’ll get paid for doing it, too.
December 14th, 2005
Two New Water Quality Projects at Iowa State Receive Funding
Two new research projects at Iowa State University have been funded as part of more than $14 million in grants nationwide to address water supply and water quality issues. The grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's...
December 5th, 2005
Animal Genomics Research Grants Announced
A total of $175,000 has been awarded to 19 projects in the fall 2005 research grants provided through the Iowa State University Center for Integrated Animal Genomics (CIAG).
The grants, funded by the College of Agriculture, Agriculture and Home...
December 1st, 2005
Agronomy Faculty, Student Recognized by Agronomic Societies
The Iowa State University agronomy department received numerous awards at the 2005 international annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Nov. 6-10...
December 1st, 2005
New Risk Assessment Course Offered by Iowa State University
Iowa State University is among the first in the nation to offer a course in risk assessment for the biological sciences.
The graduate course teaches students how to interpret the risk of adverse incidents in such situations as transgenic...
December 1st, 2005
ISU Professor Named Fellow of Agronomy Society
Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University agronomy professor, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA).
The award was presented at the 2005 international annual meetings of ASA, Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil...
November 30th, 2005
ISU Researchers' Goal is Making Odor Reduction Cost Effective
Two Iowa State University agricultural engineers are studying an old idea for lowering livestock facility odor emissions, but with a new twist.
The idea of pushing the air from building exhaust fans through a biofilter has been around for 40 years...
November 30th, 2005
Preparing Iowa for Avian Influenza Discussed at Iowa State
Iowa, the largest egg-producing state in the nation, is well prepared for an avian influenza outbreak, if one should occur. Thirty-five scientists, producers and government and industry leaders met at Iowa State University Nov. 17 to discuss the...
November 21st, 2005
Thomas Baum Named Plant Pathology Department Chair
Thomas Baum, Iowa State University associate professor, became chair of the Department of Plant Pathology effective Nov. 1.
Baum was named department chair following an internal search to replace former chair Charlotte Bronson, who was appointed...
November 16th, 2005
Iowa State Takes Steps to Preserve World's Oldest Chicken Lines
Tornadoes touched down twice in Ames in 2005. Although no serious damage was done to research facilities at Iowa State University, there is always the possibility the next natural disaster could have an impact.
The Iowa State University Poultry...
November 14th, 2005
Animal Agriculture and the Environment Symposium Planned
A national symposium focusing on animal agriculture and the environment will be held Jan. 5-6, 2006 in Kansas City. "Visions for Animal Agriculture and the Environment" is being organized by the Department of Animal Science and the Iowa...
November 3rd, 2005
Iowa Seed Directory Offers Quality Seed Options for Spring
Are you looking for quality seed to plant next spring? The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) recently published the Iowa Seed Directory as a resource for finding quality seeds of soybeans, oats, triticale, wheat and native prairie species....
October 26th, 2005
Grain Storage Books Available from Midwest Plan Service
Information about maintaining stored grain is available from MidWest Plan Service (MWPS) at Iowa State University. The two books are "Managing Dry Grain in Storage" and "Dry Grain Aeration Systems Design Handbook."
October 24th, 2005
Iowa State Faculty Update World-renowned Animal Science Books
The legacy of a California man who authored 22 animal science books is being carried on by faculty at Iowa State University.
Marion Eugene Ensminger had a lifelong dedication to animal agriculture education. He served on the faculty at universities...
October 24th, 2005
ISU/UK Collaborate in First-in-the-nation Poultry Air Monitoring
On Oct. 1, agricultural engineers at Iowa State University and University of Kentucky began collecting air emissions data from two commercial broiler houses in Kentucky. The Iowa State team traveled to Kentucky to set up the monitoring equipment and...
October 24th, 2005
ISU College of Agriculture Awards Presented Oct. 21
Two men who have made important contributions to the agriculture industry were honored Oct. 21 as part of an Iowa State University Alumni Association awards ceremony. Both awards are given annually by the Iowa State College of Agriculture.
October 11th, 2005
Nation's Largest Ag Career Day Helps Keep Graduates in Iowa
Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture is helping to supply the state’s and nation’s demand for employees and keep graduates in Iowa during its annual Ag Career Day on Oct. 25 at the Memorial Union.
The Ag Career Day is on track to be the...
October 10th, 2005
Iowa State Program Assists with Nutrient Management Plans
An educational program based at Iowa State University makes it easier for U.S. livestock producers to get professional assistance when developing comprehensive nutrient management plans.
Comprehensive nutrient management plans (CNMP) must be...
October 5th, 2005
U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Housed on Iowa State Campus
The Iowa State University campus is the home for the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, a new focal point for national pork industry research and producer education.
David Meisinger assumed his duties July 1 as director of the center, which is housed...
October 3rd, 2005
ISU Farm Income Tax School Offered in Eight Cities
Iowa State University's Farm Income Tax School will be offered this fall in eight locations around Iowa.
The ISU tax school is a two-day training session for tax professionals, including attorneys, accountants and enrolled agents, who have...
September 26th, 2005
ISU Looks for Grazing Alternatives to Improve Water Quality
A team of Iowa State University animal scientists is evaluating how to improve the water quality of Iowa's farm streams through livestock grazing practices.
Jim Russell, animal science professor, and his team are trying to determine how cattle...
September 13th, 2005
Experts to Debate Climate Change Policy at Iowa State
A debate, "Beyond Kyoto: The Future of International Climate Change Policy," will feature Joseph Aldy and Scott Barrett at Iowa State University at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 in the Mahlstede Building at Reiman Gardens. The two experts have...
September 9th, 2005
ISU Professor Recognized by the American Meat Science Association
Joseph Sebranek, university professor of animal science and food science and human nutrition in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture, was named the recipient of the American Meat Science Association’s (AMSA) Distinguished Research Award....
September 7th, 2005
100th Celebration of ISU Ag Engineering Department Oct. 6-8
Three days of activities Oct. 6-8 caps the yearlong centennial celebration for Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE).
The department's roots are traced to 1905 when Jay Davidson arrived in Ames...
August 30th, 2005
Symposium on Community Entrepreneurship to be Held Sept. 28
Promoting business networking and entrepreneurship in rural communities will be the focus of a symposium on Sept. 28 at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University.
The symposium, "Small Towns and Economic Shocks: Business Networks and...
August 26th, 2005
ISU Seminars Offered on Farm Business and Tax Issues
Iowa State University will offer two seminars in September for professionals who serve the owners and operators of Iowa's farm businesses.
The Farm Estate and Business Planning Seminar focuses on practical problems arising among farm firms and...
August 24th, 2005
ISU Research Suggests New Crop Option for Iowa Producers
Iowa crop producers are getting ready to harvest this year's corn and soybeans. But an Iowa State University agronomist is suggesting they consider some fall planting, as well.
"Triticale provides valuable soil conservation and nitrogen...
August 11th, 2005
Late Summer Field Days Begin Aug. 23 at Iowa State Research Farms
Raising cattle in hoop structures, organic crop production, grape growing, pasture research and identity preserved soybeans are a few of the topics to be discussed at ten late-summer field days being held at Iowa State University's Research and...
August 8th, 2005
Iowa State Students to Speak at Farm Bill Forum Thursday
Two Iowa State University students have been invited to give opening remarks at a Farm Bill Forum with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The forum is one of nine listening sessions...
August 3rd, 2005
Colletti Named to Interim Position in College of Agriculture
Joe Colletti, professor and interim chair of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, has been named interim senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University.
"Dr. Colletti has been a dedicated...
July 21st, 2005
Yang Named Fellow of American Phytopathological Society
X.B. Yang, Iowa State University professor of plant pathology, has been named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society.
Yang was honored for his studies on plant disease risk-assessment, the impact of climatic changes on plant health and...
July 21st, 2005
Kanwar Named American Society of Agricultural Engineers Fellow
Ramesh Kanwar, professor and chair of the Iowa State University agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE).
Kanwar was honored for his work in soil and water...
July 15th, 2005
Demonstration Garden Field Days Begin July 25
Iowa State University’s Demonstration Garden Field Days offer a chance to see a variety of flowers and plants, talk to experts about gardening and taste what is growing.
There will be nine field days beginning July 25. One of this year’s themes is...
July 11th, 2005
ISU Researchers Provide Tool for Assessing Water Policy Options
Researchers at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) have developed a method for better assessing the costs and benefits of a range of conservation practices in agriculture to mitigate water pollution. The conservation practices...
July 11th, 2005
ISU Air Quality Work Summary Updated and Online
Researchers in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture continue to look for ways to reduce odor and gas emissions from livestock operations. ISU Extension specialists work with producers as this research leads to new knowledge.
July 6th, 2005
Iowa Farmers Support 2002 Farm Bill as Model for 2007 Bill
The majority of Iowa farmers responding to an Iowa State University survey said the basic directions of the 2002 Farm Bill should be continued, the income protection it offers is adequate and overall, the program has been successful.
June 30th, 2005
Iowa Congressional Members will Open ISU's Ag Policy Summit
Members of Iowa's Congressional delegation will share their perspectives on the 2007 Farm Bill at the opening session of Iowa State University's Agricultural Policy Summit — "New Directions in Federal Farm Policy: Issues for the 2007...
June 27th, 2005
Risk Management Workshops to Focus on Amish and Mennonite Growers
Reducing management risks for Amish and Mennonite farmers is the focus of a $39,000 grant awarded to Mark Gleason, Iowa State University plant pathology professor.
The competitive grant was awarded to Gleason by the North Central Risk Management...
June 22nd, 2005
Results from Livestock Facility Emissions Monitoring Released
A six-state study that involved air quality monitoring near swine and poultry facilities will help in the search for ways to reduce emissions.
Results from five of the states involved in the study were released June 22 at a meeting of the Air and...
June 22nd, 2005
2005 Dairy Seminar Papers Available at MWPS
Papers from a Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference are now available in book form. The book contains information from a conference held earlier this month in Dubuque.
The conference was sponsored by extension services at Iowa State...
June 16th, 2005
Farmland Used by ISU to be Sold Near Ames, Council Bluffs
The Committee for Agricultural Development (CAD) plans to sell nearly 800 acres of farmland it owns in central and southwest Iowa.
The land primarily has been used by CAD for growing Iowa State University-developed seed and by U.S. Department of...
June 15th, 2005
High Schoolers and Mentors to Get Hooked on Science
Hooked on Science is an Iowa State University workshop set for June 16 and 17 designed to make high school students and their mentors aware of career opportunities available in food science and human nutrition.
A mentor is someone who contributes to...
June 14th, 2005
Regents Approve Sale of Iowa State University Ankeny Farm
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, this morning approved the sale of Iowa State University's 1,031-acre Ankeny dairy farm.
The City of Ankeny has agreed to pay a net value of $20.6 million to ISU over a two-year period. Terms of the sale...
June 10th, 2005
Regents to Consider Proposed Sale of ISU Ankeny Farm
The proposed sale of Iowa State University's dairy farm in Ankeny will fulfill state legislation passed three years ago and will mark the start of a new era for the nearly 110-year-old dairy science program.
Last week, the City of Ankeny and...
June 7th, 2005
Research and Demonstration Farm Field Days Begin June 23
Asian soybean rust will be a prime topic at the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms six summer field days scheduled to begin June 23.
The potential spread of the disease is a priority item among soybean producers and researchers...
June 1st, 2005
Genomics Research Grants Awarded to Three Projects at Iowa State
Three innovative research projects have been awarded grants by Iowa State University's Center for Integrated Animal Genomics (CIAG). The grants were awarded to ISU faculty through a competitive program that provides seed money for animal,...
May 19th, 2005
ISU Agronomy Professor Named Fellow of Iowa Academy of Sciences
Lee Burras, associate professor in Iowa State University's agronomy department, was named a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Sciences at the organization's annual meeting.
Burras joined the department in 1995. He received his bachelor's...
May 18th, 2005
World Food Prize Laureate to Speak on Friday at McFarland Park
John Niederhauser, 1990 World Food Prize Laureate, will speak at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Story County Conservation Center in McFarland Park.
Niederhauser was invited to speak by the Iowa State University plant pathology department. The lecture is...
May 17th, 2005
Branded Beef Demonstration Project Underway at Iowa State
Iowa's reputation as a producer of high-quality beef is the basis for a demonstration project at Iowa State University to develop a brand linked to that reputation.
"Iowa's high-quality beef is the result of the state's abundance...
May 16th, 2005
On-farm Research Pilot Program Underway in Northwest Iowa
Iowa State University has created an on-farm research program in Sioux, Lyon and Osceola counties.
"There has been an increased interest in on-farm research. If this pilot project works well, we will expand it to other areas of the state,...
May 9th, 2005
Agricultural Policy Summit at Iowa State University July 6-8
The agenda is being finalized for an agricultural policy summit July 6-8 at Iowa State University. The conference is titled "New Directions in Federal Farm Policy: Issues for the 2007 Farm Bill." Current federal farm program legislation,...
May 5th, 2005
Final Plans for ISU's New Dairy Farm Presented to Regents
When completed, Iowa State University's new dairy farm is expected to be one of the premier dairy education and research facilities in the nation.
"We've been planning a long time for this and the new farm will bring our dairy science...
May 4th, 2005
Ag Program Provides Hands-on Experience, Credit, Pay for Students
Ryan Elgin herds a calf and its mother from a pasture to be tagged. Angela Beaman conducts hydroponic research on basil. Tiffany Obrecht learns the science of writing and conducting a survey. Adrienne Brant responds to an emergency birth on the Iowa...
May 3rd, 2005
ISU Researcher Receives New Grant to Study Soil Bacteria
An Iowa State University researcher has been awarded a three-year, $435,000 National Science Foundation grant to study soil bacteria. Larry Halverson, a senior lecturer in Iowa State's Department of Plant Pathology, is studying how...
May 3rd, 2005
Iowa State University Students Awed by Iowa Farms
On two weekends in April, eight students in the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University experienced Iowa agriculture first hand as participants in a pilot program called Agriculture Weekend Experience (AWE).
AWE gives students in the College...
May 2nd, 2005
ISU Plans to Build Modern Dairy Facility South of Ames
Iowa State University is moving forward with plans to build a state-of-the-art dairy education and research facility south of Ames.
This week the Committee for Agricultural Development (CAD), a nonprofit organization affiliated with the university,...
April 21st, 2005
Awards Presented by Iowa State Agriculture Honor Society
The Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta, presented awards April 5 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture faculty and alumni.
Mission Awards winners, from left, William Edwards, Joel Coats and Douglas...
April 20th, 2005
Iowa State Crops Team Places Second at National Competition
The Iowa State University crops team placed second overall April 15 at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) crops contest in Norfolk, Neb.
The team of agronomy undergraduates placed first in the crop knowledge and lab...
April 20th, 2005
Animal Behavior Specialist Joins Iowa State University Faculty
A new faculty member with expertise in animal behavior has joined the Iowa State University animal science department.
"My interest in the field of animal behavior was sparked when I took an undergraduate course on farm animal welfare,"...
April 19th, 2005
ISU to Test Asian Soybean Rust Fast Track System this Week
Forrest Nutter, an Iowa State University plant pathologist, will be coordinating a test of the Iowa Soybean Rust Team's fast track system this week.
"The goal of the exercise is to test the communications within the fast track system,...
April 18th, 2005
Banquet to Kickoff ISU Ag Engineering Centennial Celebration
A banquet for students and their families will kickoff a centennial celebration in the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
The department's roots are traced to 1905 when Jay Davidson arrived in Ames from...
April 18th, 2005
Companion Animal Expert Joins Iowa State University Faculty
The road Matthew Ellinwood took to Iowa is a long and winding one. It began in Arizona, with stops in Massachusetts, Missouri, Colorado, Pennsylvania and France. Last Oct. 1, he settled into Iowa State's animal science department.
April 14th, 2005
ISU Researcher Coordinates Early Warning System for Soybean Rust
X.B. Yang, an Iowa State University plant pathologist, received $389,000 to coordinate sentinel soybean plots in 20 states. The funding will be used to plant and monitor soybean plots and provide an early warning system for Asian soybean rust....
April 11th, 2005
ISU Emeritus Professor Honored by University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas College of Engineering has presented an award to an emeritus professor in Iowa State's agricultural and biosystems engineering department.
Wes Buchele was one of 11 people to receive the first-ever Distinguished...
April 11th, 2005
ISU Faculty Honored by American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Honors were given April 7 to two faculty members of the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the Iowa Section Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
Amy Kaleita, assistant professor, was...
April 11th, 2005
ISU's MANRRS Chapter Names National Chapter of the Year
Iowa State’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter was named the national Chapter of the Year April 2 at the MANRRS 20th annual Career Fair and Conference in Pittsburgh.
The chapter’s entry materials and...
April 8th, 2005
ISU Graduate Students Receive Distance Education Scholarships
Seven Iowa State University graduate students have been awarded Virgil K. Webster Scholarships to pursue master’s degrees using distance education.
The award is presented annually to selected students interested in agronomy who demonstrate...
April 6th, 2005
Honors for Two in ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Two members of the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering have been recognized for their work.
Tom Glanville, associate professor, was named the Engineer of the Year at the Mid-Central American Society of...
April 5th, 2005
ISU Beef Cattle Research Continues Tradition, Breaks New Ground
At Iowa State University, a long-term project designed to improve the meat quality of beef cattle continues to produce results. At the same time, a new project studies ways to protect water quality in pastures where beef cattle graze.
April 1st, 2005
More than 90 Percent of Iowa's Soybean Growers Aware of New Disease
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) annual survey indicates that 94 percent Iowa farmers who intend to plant soybeans are aware of Asian soybean rust. The survey results also indicate that 87 percent of all Iowa farmers are aware of...
March 30th, 2005
2005 Staniforth Lecture in Weed Science April 13 at Iowa State
An upcoming lecture at Iowa State University will address the potential development of "superweeds" and other possible outcomes from the unintended spread of engineered plant genes.
Norman Ellstrand, professor of genetics and director of...
March 30th, 2005
Brazil Experience Will Aid in Asian Soybean Rust Identification
Seeing Asian soybean rust first-hand may aid in its identification this growing season. In February, eight Iowa State University crop specialists and six members of the Iowa Soybean Rust Team took a trip to Brazil to observe soybean rust in the...
March 25th, 2005
ISU Team Places First in Scholastic Competition
A team of students from the College of Agriculture placed first in the Academic Quadrathlon held in conjunction with the Midwest Section joint meetings of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Dairy Science Association.
March 21st, 2005
Iowa Dairy Industry Sets Development Goal
There were 6,080 dairy herds in Iowa in 1990. By 2004, that number had dropped to 2,410. Now several groups interested in Iowa's dairy industry are working together to reverse that downward trend.
A meeting last summer was the first step. It...
March 16th, 2005
FAPRI Projects Rebounding U.S. Meat Exports, Soybean Concentration
Solid prices, stable economic growth globally and a weak dollar in industrialized trading countries will keep U.S. agricultural exports strong for the next 10 years, according to the projections the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (...
March 15th, 2005
Trees Being Considered in the Fight Against Livestock Odor
Monitoring will begin in April to help determine if trees planted around an Iowa poultry production facility can reduce odor and dust.
The monitoring at the Sparboe Farms facility near Eagle Grove is just one part of a multi-faceted research...
March 4th, 2005
Iowa State Agricultural Research Among Most Cited Worldwide
Over the past decade, Iowa State University was the 10th most-cited institution in the world in agricultural sciences, according to In-Cites, a Web site that tracks the use of scientific information that is mentioned in research papers worldwide....
March 4th, 2005
ISU Fraternity Celebrates Centennial, Hosts National Conference
The Iowa State University chapter of Alpha Zeta will host the 49th national Biennial Conclave and National Agriculture Leadership Conference April 7-9 at the Comfort Inn in Ames.
Alpha Zeta also will celebrate the centennial of the Iowa State Wilson...
February 23rd, 2005
Iowa State University Receives $900,000 Grant for SCN Research
Iowa State University has been awarded a grant for $900,000 to investigate the process by which soybean cyst nematodes infect soybeans.
Soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) cause an estimated $700 million in annual losses to the U.S. soybean industry and...
February 16th, 2005
USDA Grant to Fund New Air Quality Research Project at ISU
Iowa State University is one of 11 institutions receiving part of $5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for air quality research.
The four-year project will study dietary strategies to reduce gas emissions from turkey,...
February 15th, 2005
Iowa State Professor Named Fellow of National Weed Society
Mike Owen, an Iowa State University agronomy professor, has received the honor of Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA).
Owen is an ISU Extension weed specialist. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Iowa State...
February 14th, 2005
Fifth Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture Planned
The fifth John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, which honors Pesek, a retired Iowa State University agronomy professor, will be March 9-10.
Hunter Lovins will be the featured speaker at two events. She is the president of Natural...
January 31st, 2005
2005 MWPS (Midwest Plan Service) Catalog Available
The MWPS (MidWest Plan Service) at Iowa State University has released its 2005 catalog, featuring free and low-cost, agricultural-related materials and building plans developed by experts from universities throughout the United States.
The free MWPS...
January 28th, 2005
Team Investigates Plant Problems
Know the difference between black knot and black spot? If not, you may want to contact the Iowa State University Plant Disease Clinic.
Paula Flynn and Christine Engelbrecht in the lab.
Last year almost 5,000 Iowans did just that. The clinic received...
January 28th, 2005
Native Species Directory Assures Quality and Origin of Seed
Are you looking for quality native seed to plant this year? The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) has published the Native Species Directory as a resource for finding quality seeds that are native to the state of Iowa.
The Native Species...
January 27th, 2005
Iowa State Grant Gives Asian Soybean Rust Detection a Boost
Tracking the spread of Asian soybean rust and other plant diseases that may threaten U.S. agriculture has gotten a boost in the form of a $900,000 grant to Iowa State University.
A team of researchers led by plant epidemiologist Forrest Nutter plan...
January 18th, 2005
ISU College of Agriculture Presents Awards to Faculty, Staff
The College of Agriculture at Iowa State University presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring semester convocation on Wednesday. Award winners were:
Diane Birt, distinguished professor of food science and human nutrition and...
January 11th, 2005
Equine Facilities Focus of MWPS (Midwest Plan Service) Book
A new book on building facilities to house, show, breed and raise horses is available from MWPS (MidWest Plan Service).
The "Horse Facilities Handbook (MWPS-60)" offers the latest facts about planning and constructing facilities for all...