News Releases 2006

December 20th, 2006 ISU's College of Agriculture Considers Name Change
Ames, Iowa - Iowa State University's College of Agriculture is moving forward with a proposal to change its name to the "College of Agriculture and Life Sciences." For the past several years, the college has been discussing a possible...

December 8th, 2006 Native Species Directory Assures Quality and Origin of Seed
AMES, Iowa — Are you looking for quality native seed to plant in 2007? 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...

December 4th, 2006 Iowa State Receives Grant to Study Turkey Production Air Emissions
AMES, Iowa — A new, two-year study of air emissions from two Midwest turkey production units will get underway in March 2007, funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Research Initiative on air quality. Iowa...

November 20th, 2006 Iowa State Professor Earns USDA Excellence in Teaching Honor
AMES, Iowa — Jim Kliebenstein, economics professor in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Kliebenstein was one of six...

November 20th, 2006 Iowa State Develops Vision for Iowa Animal Agriculture
"Development through animal agriculture is a logical and exciting avenue to grow Iowa’s rural economies," said Wendy Wintersteen, dean of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture. "Our animal agriculture industry is favorably located...

November 13th, 2006 Iowa State, USDA Researchers Study Soybean's Family Tree
A group of U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service researchers in Iowa State University's agronomy department are sequencing the soybean genome to discover the similarities and differences with its relatives in the legume...

November 13th, 2006 Iowa State Professor Awarded USDA Excellence in Teaching Award
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University faculty member has been awarded the annual USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Gail Nonnecke, a horticulture professor, is one of only two people to receive the national award,...

November 9th, 2006 New Agricultural Law Center Created at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — A new Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation has been established at Iowa State University. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the new center at its Nov. 8 meeting in Ames. "The center addresses a growing need in today...

November 1st, 2006 Iowa State Center Honored with Economic Development Award
AMES, Iowa — The University Economic Development Association has presented Iowa State University with its Economic Development Research award for targeted industrial research in southeastern Iowa. The project began in August 2004 to conduct research...

October 31st, 2006 ISU Soil Judging Places Second at Regional Contest
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University soil judging team placed second overall at the American Society of Agronomy regional soil judging contest held at Kansas State University. Four of the Iowa State team members placed among the top 10 in the...

October 26th, 2006 ISU to Study Impacts of More Energy Production from Agriculture
AMES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided $275,000 in research funding to the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University to provide estimates of the impact on farmers, consumers and international trade...

October 25th, 2006 ISU College of Agriculture Award Presented Oct. 20
AMES, Iowa — Two men who have made important contributions to the agriculture industry were honored Oct. 20 as part of an Iowa State University Alumni Association awards ceremony. Both awards are given annually by the Iowa State College of...

October 24th, 2006 Federal Energy Initiative Supports ISU Research on Effects of Ethanol Expansion
AMES, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University will evaluate the costs and benefits of ethanol expansion to rural communities in the Upper Mississippi River Basin as part of a $676,722 biofuels research grant. The grant, awarded to research...

October 20th, 2006 Iowa State Plant Pathologist Honored for Soybean Rust Work
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University plant pathologist has been recognized for his role in helping the U.S. soybean industry better manage the risk of soybean rust. X.B. Yang X.B. Yang is a leading expert on soybean rust and has studied the disease...

October 12th, 2006 Iowa Seed Directory Offers Quality Seed Options for Spring
AMES, Iowa - Are you looking for quality seed to plant in 2007? 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...

October 10th, 2006 Ag Career Day Oct. 24, Largest in More than a Decade
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's annual Agriculture Career Day has been filled to capacity with recruiting employers three weeks from the event on Oct. 24. The largest agricultural career fair in the nation will have 154 companies at 160...

October 5th, 2006 91-Year-Old Plots of Continuous Corn to be Commemorated
AMES, Iowa — A tour and commemoration ceremony of Iowa State University's long-term continuous corn research plots will be Oct. 12. The plots have been planted in corn since 1915. They were originally part of an extensive crop rotation/soil...

September 26th, 2006 Researchers Bioengineer Plants Resistant to Devastating Pathogen
AMES, Iowa — Researchers at three universities, including Iowa State University, have designed a new way to make plants resistant to the root-knot nematode, a microscopic, parasitic worm that is one of the world?s most destructive plant pathogens....

September 19th, 2006 CARD Director to Review Farm Policy with House Subcommittee
Ames, Iowa — Congress should take the best of current commodity policy and add in the best ideas from the Risk Management Agency to build a more efficient farm bill, an Iowa State University professor will tell a U.S. House of Representatives...

September 6th, 2006 Iowa State to Offer Master's in Seed Technology and Business
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University will offer a master's degree in seed technology and business beginning next year. The interdisciplinary degree will integrate coursework from the colleges of Agriculture and Business. It will combine...

August 28th, 2006 Oldest ISU Research Farm Celebrates Anniversary Sept. 8
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm will celebrate its 75th anniversary Sept. 8. The North Iowa Experimental Association, which owns the farm, and Iowa State will host a day-long field day and open house...

August 24th, 2006 Iowa State Scientists Study Alternative Crops for Fuel Production
AMES, Iowa — Crops not routinely found on Iowa farms — switchgrass, Indiangrass, big bluestem, eastern gamagrass, sweet sorghum, triticale, kenaf — fill several research plots on an Iowa State University farm west of Ames. "Our primary goal is...

August 14th, 2006 ISU News: ISU Seminars Offered on Farm Business and Tax Issues
AMES, Iowa — 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 solutions to common...

August 11th, 2006 Colletti Appointed to College of Agriculture Administration
Joe Colletti has been named senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University. Colletti’s appointment was effective Aug. 1. He had been serving as the senior associate dean on an interim basis since Aug. 15, 2005. Colletti...

July 25th, 2006 Iowa State McNay Reseassrch Farm to celebrate 50th anniversary
The Iowa State University McNay Research and Demonstration Farm near Chariton will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sept. 14. The public is invited to attend the celebration starting at 10 a.m. The Lucas County Cattlemen are serving steak...

July 25th, 2006 ISU researcher hired to help soybean producers fight fungal diseases
A newly hired Iowa State University scientist will be working with soybean producers to fight fungal diseases. The Iowa Soybean Association is providing $500,000 to support the position for fungal disease research over the next three years. The...

July 24th, 2006 Iowa State plant pathologist honored for innovative research
The American Phytopathological Society has honored Thomas Baum, Iowa State University professor of plant pathology, as part of a team that has changed the direction of research into nematodes that attack plants. Baum, chair of the Department of...

July 24th, 2006 Research Project tests remote sensing to measure earth's water cycle
This summer's dry Iowa weather has helped drive home the importance of soil moisture not just to farmers, but also to gardeners, homeowners and consumers looking for fresh produce. For decades, Iowa State University researchers have studied the...

July 17th, 2006 Harl Honored with National Agricultural Agents' Award
Neil Harl will receive the Service to American/World Agriculture Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Harl is Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and emeritus professor of economics at Iowa State...

July 14th, 2006 Media Advisory: ISU Air Quality Work Summary Update 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. A new...

June 28th, 2006 CARD Initiates Biorenewables Policy Division
The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University is launching a new Biorenewables Policy Division effective July 1. The new research division will focus on policy questions surrounding expansion of biorenewables in...

June 19th, 2006 Iowa State Research Shows Increase in Dietary Fiber Leads to Decrease in Ammonia Emissions in Poultr
The search for ways to reduce odor from large-scale livestock operations continues at Iowa State University. In a recent project, researchers found that increasing dietary fiber in the feed of laying hens can lower manure ammonia emissions by 40...

June 12th, 2006 Iowa Farm Bureau Commits $1 Million to Iowa State's Bioeconomy Program
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has committed $1 million to the Iowa State College of Agriculture to support the university-wide Bioeconomy Initiative, which develops technologies for converting crops and plant materials into chemicals, fuels,...

June 9th, 2006 U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Unveils First Product: Pig
The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence was established in 2005 as a public/private partnership to bring together academic expertise in research, teaching and extension related to pork production. A news conference was held at the World Pork Expo today (...

June 1st, 2006 Two Iowa State Research Farms to Celebrate Anniversaries
The Iowa State University Northern and McNay research and demonstration farms will celebrate the anniversaries of their origins during this year's field days, which begin June 19. The Northern research farm in Kanawha will celebrate its 75th...

May 31st, 2006 Construction Begins on New Iowa State Dairy Farm
This spring, ground was broken for Iowa State University's new state-of-the-art dairy farm south of Ames and officials looked forward to opening the facility in 2007. "We are beginning an important new chapter in dairy science at Iowa...

May 22nd, 2006 News Conference June 9 - U.S. Pork Center of Excellence
The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence will host a news conference June 9 at the World Pork Expo. The event will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Media Center at the World Pork Expo, which is June 8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The purpose...

May 10th, 2006 Iowa State Researchers Study Relationship Between Obesity and Hormone That Stimulates Food Intake
Obesity is a major health concern for both adults and children. Researchers at Iowa State University are exploring the interaction between diet and appetite-related hormones, plus the effect that interaction might have on obesity. Michelle Bohan of...

May 9th, 2006 College of Agriculture Student Receives Goldwater Scholarship
Rachel Smith, a junior at Iowa State University majoring in agricultural biochemistry, has been named a Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. "It was an honor to receive a scholarship...

May 9th, 2006 Biotech Trait Detection Workshop Attracts International Attention
A workshop at the Iowa State University Seed Science Center will focus on the analysis of biotech traits in seed and grain. The three-day workshop, which began Monday, has attracted leading biotech developers from the United States and international...

May 5th, 2006 Iowa State Agronomy Distance Master's Program Receives Innovation Award
The Iowa State University Master of Science in Agronomy distance education program has received the 2006 Innovator's Award from the Iowa Distance Learning Association. The award honors contributions to distance learning through outstanding...

May 2nd, 2006 New On-farm Research and Demonstration Projects Funded for 2006
Addressing opportunities and challenges facing agriculture in Iowa while stimulating on-farm research is the goal of a new collaborative program involving Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Extension Sustainable Agriculture...

April 28th, 2006 Iowa State Crops Team Places Third at National Competition
The Iowa State University crops team has placed third at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) crops contest held in Macomb, Ill. April 21. The team of agronomy undergraduates placed first in the lab practical portion of...

April 25th, 2006 Spring brings new understanding of agriculture industry for non-farm Iowa State students
Spring is a new and exciting time on a farm; corn seedlings coming up out of the brown soil and new calves playing in the pastures. Spring also has been an exciting time for 13 Iowa State College of Agriculture students as they ventured to Iowa...

April 20th, 2006 ISU Students Hope to Build Interest in International Agriculture Opportunities
Two Iowa State University students have organized a national conference to encourage involvement in an international organization for students in agriculture and related sciences. College students from Idaho, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri and...

April 18th, 2006 Promoting Biorenewables is New Job for Iowa State Agronomy Professor
Soaring gas prices have everyone talking about alternative energy options. Iowa State University's Steven Fales is just like everyone else - he doesn't enjoy paying more at the pump. But he does enjoy the increased focus on using...

April 14th, 2006 Iowa Farmers to Host Costa Ricans They Visited in March
A group of Iowa farmers and Iowa State University will host Costa Rican farmers, agricultural students and researchers this summer as part of science and education exchange. The host farmers toured Costa Rican farms and agricultural research...

April 13th, 2006 Iowa State Uses Hands-on Workshops to Get High School Students Excited About Science
High school students who attend two upcoming events at Iowa State University should leave with a better understanding of the scientific world, plus career opportunities that exist in science. They'll also learn how attending Iowa State can help...

April 13th, 2006 Iowa State University Student Club Judged Nation's Best
The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter at Iowa State University was recently selected National Chapter of the Year. This was the second year in a row the chapter has received this honor, which was...

April 12th, 2006 Ag Decision Maker Website Features Expanded Agricultural Law Section
The latest issues in agricultural law appear regularly on a frequently updated Iowa State University Extension website. The Iowa State Agricultural Law Program has developed an expanded section as part of the Ag Decision Maker website, which...

April 10th, 2006 Relationship of Swine Dust and Odor is Subject of Research Paper
It's long been understood that dust particles in and around livestock confinement buildings carry odor. But little attention has been given to the connection between the size of those dust particles and the odor emitted. Iowa State University...

April 7th, 2006 2006 Staniforth Lecture in Weed Science April 25 at Iowa State
Advancement in the field of weed science will be discussed at a lecture at Iowa State University on April 25. Douglas Buhler, associate director of the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean for research for the College of...

April 5th, 2006 Awards Presented by ISU Agriculture Honor Society
Awards were presented Tuesday (April 4) to Iowa State University College of Agriculture faculty, alumni and students by the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta. Alumnus Marvin Walter of Ames received the...

March 31st, 2006 National Barley Project Involves Iowa State Researchers
Researchers at Iowa State University have been chosen to participate in a $5 million, four-year project designed to improve the barley varieties available to producers. "The goal of the project is to integrate and utilize state-of-the-art...

March 29th, 2006 Iowa State Professor Named to National Committee to Promote Ag and Science
Levon Esters, Iowa State University assistant professor in agricultural education and studies, has been appointed to a national committee to organize a leadership summit focused on helping universities attract, retain and prepare students for...

March 23rd, 2006 Animal Science Judging Endowment Campaign Reaches $825,000
The judging team endowment campaign at Iowa State University brought in more than $825,000 during the past year. Maynard Hogberg, head of the animal science department, said the endowment funds would be used to fund coaching positions and support...

March 22nd, 2006 Coats Receives International Award for Research in Agrochemicals
Joel Coats, a professor of entomology and toxicology at Iowa State University, will receive the International Award for Research in Agrochemicals in Atlanta. A one-day symposium in honor of Coats will be held on March 27 at the 231st American...

March 20th, 2006 Sixth Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture Planned
The sixth John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, which honors a retired Iowa State University agronomy professor, will be April 6-7. Calestous Juma will be the featured speaker at two events. Juma is professor of the Practice of...

March 14th, 2006 Agricultural Education Public Hearing Scheduled for March 23
The future of agricultural education in Iowa will be discussed beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 23 at a public hearing broadcast on the Iowa Communications Network. This meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 16, but a winter storm forced its...

March 14th, 2006 Nonfarm Students to Get Hands-on Experience in Iowa Agriculture
For some students in the Iowa State University College of Agriculture, visiting an Iowa farm for the first time is a big deal. For the first time, 15 college students will learn what life is really like on an Iowa farm during the second...

February 28th, 2006 Iowa State Professor Receives National Soil Fertility Award
Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University agronomy professor, was presented the 2005 Werner L. Nelson Award Feb. 13 by the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation at the national Fluid Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz. Mallarino is a professor and extension specialist...

February 24th, 2006 Iowa State Turf Bowl Natioanal Champion Fifth Year in a Row
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Turf Bowl Team is number one, again. For the fifth year in a row, Iowa State students won the national Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition trophy. This year also marks the seventh time in eight years that an ISU...

February 16th, 2006 2006 Pierre Lecture in Soil Science March 1 at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — The impacts of nuclear waste from the Cold War will be discussed by an expert in the biogeochemistry of contaminants in soils, sediments and natural water on March 1 at Iowa State University. Samuel Traina, director of Sierra Nevada...

February 15th, 2006 ISU Scientists Help Launch New Plant Genome Journal
AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University researchers are serving on the editorial board that is launching a new scientific publication devoted to molecular biology and crop improvement. Randy Shoemaker is the technical editor for The Plant Genome, a...

February 9th, 2006 2006 ISU Animal Industry Report Available on CD-ROM, Online
AMES, Iowa — The third annual Iowa State University Animal Industry Report is available online and on CD-ROM. This report features summaries on all animal research done at Iowa State, and funded by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment...

February 8th, 2006 $1 Million Goal Reached for ISU Seed Science Fellowships
AMES, Iowa — Three recent gifts to support seed-science graduate students at Iowa State University have put a fundraising initiative over the top of its $1 million goal. The gifts are part of "Investing in People and the Future of the Seed...

February 6th, 2006 John Deere Presents New Tractor to ISU Faculty, Students
AMES, Iowa — A new John Deere tractor will bring the latest equipment technologies into Iowa State University classrooms and laboratories. Dean Wendy Wintersteen accepts the tractor keys from Jim Wienkes, Deere's manager of tractor engineering...

February 3rd, 2006 Iowa State Agronomy Graduate Students Awarded Schuler Fellowship
AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University graduate students were recently awarded agronomy fellowships. Bryce Lemke, working on a doctorate in plant breeding, and Jordan Spear, master’s degree candidate in plant breeding, have been named the...

February 3rd, 2006 ISU Plant Pathology Grad Student Studies Viruses, Follows in Carver's Footsteps
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University student’s crop research may help other scientists get closer to discovering a cures for human and animal viral diseases. Jacquelyn Jackson in the lab.Jacquelyn Jackson is working on her doctorate in Iowa State’...

January 31st, 2006 Iowa State Horticulture Department Receives Gift from Toro
AMES, Iowa — The Toro Co. today gave nearly $94,000 in equipment and cash to the Iowa State University Department of Horticulture. The gift was announced in June 2005. Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the ISU College of Agriculture, took part in a...

January 27th, 2006 Agricultural Education Public Hearing Scheduled for Feb. 16
AMES, Iowa — The future of agricultural education in Iowa will be discussed beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb 16. at a public hearing broadcast on the Iowa Communications Network from Iowa State University. The Governor’s Council on Agricultural Education...

January 27th, 2006 ISU Professor Chosen for National Institutes of Health Research Group
AMES, Iowa — Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University statistics professor, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) group that reviews scientific research. She will serve on the Kidney, Nutrition,...

January 25th, 2006 Free 2006 MWPS (Midwest Plan Service) Catalog Available
AMES, Iowa — The 2006 MWPS (MidWest Plan Service) catalog contains more than 175 low-cost and free agricultural publications and a list of more than 100 free building plans available at the MWPS web site. Experts from several universities have...

January 24th, 2006 ISU Faculty Lead Agriculture and Bioenergy Discussion at National Energy Conference
AMES, Iowa — This week, Iowa State University faculty will lead a session at a national conference on energy for a sustainable and secure future. More than 800 scientists and decision-makers are expected to participate in the Sixth National...

January 20th, 2006 Iowa State's NASA Center Closes After Six Years of Success
AMES, Iowa — The NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center (FTCSC) at Iowa State University closed on Dec. 30 with several successes in its six years of work. "We have experienced a great number of accomplishments in this center,"...

January 19th, 2006 ISU College of Agriculture Presents Awards to Faculty, Staff
AMES, Iowa — 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: Thomas Brumm, assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems...

January 18th, 2006 ISU Workshops to Offer Air Quality Options for Swine Producers
AMES, Iowa — Swine producers interested in evaluating alternatives to control odors, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and dust transmissions from their operations can learn more at two Iowa State University workshops in March. "Air Quality Solutions...

January 13th, 2006 ISU a Partner in Global Effor to Sequence Swine Genome
AMES, IOWA — Iowa State University is collaborating on a new $10 million international effort to sequence the swine genome. Today the USDA awarded a $10 million National Research Initiative grant for the two-year project to the University of...

January 11th, 2006 Iowa State Animal Scientists Coordinate National Tracking of Animal Genome Research
AMES, Iowa — A team of Iowa State University animal scientists coordinates a national project that uses computer technology to manage vast amounts of animal genomic information. Rapidly improving technologies have made it possible for researchers to...

January 10th, 2006 Kendall Lamkey Named Agronomy Department Chair
AMES, Iowa — Kendall Lamkey, Iowa State University professor of agronomy, will become interim chair of the Department of Agronomy effective Feb. 1. Lamkey's appointment will be for two years. He will continue to be director of the Raymond F....

January 10th, 2006 Iowa Native Species Directory Assures Quality and Origin of Seed
AMES, Iowa — Are you looking for quality native Iowa seed to plant this year? The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) publishes the Native Species Directory as a resource for finding quality seeds that are native to Iowa. The Native Species...

January 10th, 2006 National Agricultural Electric Code Seminar Set for Feb. 15
AMES, Iowa — An electrical code seminar for utility employees, electricians, builders, farm operators and agricultural advisers will be held Feb. 15 in La Crosse, Wis. The seminar is being sponsored by Iowa State University MWPS (MidWest Plan...

January 5th, 2006 2015 Vision for Iowa Agriculture and Rural Iowa Released
An Iowa agricultural think tank has developed a new vision for agriculture and rural Iowa for 2015. "We hope to encourage young people to enter agriculture, and give existing farmers new ideas," said Phil Sundblad, a farmer from Albert...