November 29th, 2007
Iowa State University Releases Pig Genetic Marker Technology
AMES, Iowa — Genetic markers for growth, leanness and meat quality discovered at Iowa State University have been made available to pork producers in the United States.
"This offers a unique opportunity to use molecular genetics to improve pigs...
November 28th, 2007
Voluntary Incentive Program Introduced to Reduce Livestock Odors
DES MOINES — A comprehensive plan to reduce livestock odors received unanimous, bi-partisan approval Wednesday from the interim Livestock Odor Study Committee of the Iowa Legislature.
The proposal calls for a five-year project to provide incentives...
November 26th, 2007
Well-Known Iowa State Economist Retiring After More Than 40 Years
AMES, Iowa - An Iowa State University economist who has provided grain marketing information and advice to Iowa producers for nearly 41 years will retire Dec. 3. Robert Wisner joined the Department of Economics in February 1967 as an assistant...
November 15th, 2007
Iowa State Professor Presented National Teaching Honor
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University horticulture Professor Gail Nonnecke has been selected Iowa Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
November 15th, 2007
Iowa State Professor Awarded USDA Excellence in Teaching Award
AMES, Iowa "“ Iowa State University faculty member Amy Kaleita has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
The assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life...
November 12th, 2007
First Endowed Deanship Established at Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa — A first-of-its-kind endowed deanship at Iowa State University has been established in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences thanks to a $3 million gift from an anonymous donor.
The endowed fund will provide perpetual financial...
November 1st, 2007
Iowa State Agronomist Awarded Pioneer Hi-Bred Professorship
AMES, Iowa — Michael Thompson, Iowa State University agronomy professor, has been awarded the Pioneer Hi-Bred Agronomy Professorship.
Thompson's research program centers on environmental applications of soil science, with emphasis on chemical...
October 11th, 2007
Ag Career Day Brings 149 Employers to Recruit Iowa State Students
AMES, Iowa — Ag Career Day, the largest university career fair for agriculturally related jobs, is set for Oct. 23 on the Iowa State University campus.
The annual event reached its maximum number of recruiting companies within two weeks of opening...
October 4th, 2007
2007 Pork Month Story Ideas and News Sources
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October 3rd, 2007
National Air Emissions Conference to be Held in Iowa in 2008
AMES, Iowa - Planning is underway at Iowa State University for a national conference in 2008 on ways to reduce air emissions from livestock production facilities. The conference, which will be May 19-21 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, is being...
September 28th, 2007
ISU Confirms Presence of Soybean Rust in Iowa FIeld
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has confirmed the presence of soybean rust infection from plant samples taken this week from a field in Dallas County.
"We knew this discovery was a real possibility because of the spore delivery from the...
September 25th, 2007
ISU Economists Receive Awards and Honors at Intermational Meeting
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University economics faculty, researchers and students received awards and honors at the 2007 joint annual meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), the Western Agricultural Economics Association (...
September 24th, 2007
Iowa State Playing Major Role in Rebirth of Iowa's Wine Industry
AMES, Iowa - It used to be if you wanted to buy a bottle of wine produced in Iowa, you headed to the Amana Colonies and hoped the dandelion crop had been a good one.
It wasn't always that way. During the early 20th century, Iowa was the nation...
September 21st, 2007
DuPont Partners with Iowa State to Enhance Biofuels Production
DES MOINES "“ DuPont today announced a pledge of $1 million to the Iowa State University (ISU) New Century Farm, the first research effort in the United States to focus on producing cellulosic ethanol on the farm. The research efforts also...
August 30th, 2007
National Farm Transition Network at ISU Goes Global
AMES, Iowa "“ The National Farm Transition Network, coordinated from Iowa State University, has recently broadened its circle to include members from around the world.
Under its new name, effective Aug. 6, the International Farm Transition...
August 30th, 2007
Dorian Garrick Named to Jay Lush Endowed Chair at Iowa State
A native of New Zealand is the first person to hold the Jay Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Iowa State University. Dorian Garrick has been on campus since Aug. 15, moving to Iowa after five years as professor of animal breeding...
August 9th, 2007
ISU Ag Business Club Earns First-in-the-Nation Honors
AMES, Iowa "“ The Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club was named the 2007 National Outstanding Chapter and received the National Creative Club Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA).
The club received...
August 1st, 2007
New Staff Attorney at Iowa State Expands Service to Iowans
AMES, Iowa "“ Erin Herbold began her work as the first staff attorney at the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation on Aug. 1.
"The staff attorney position will allow our center to increase the amount of programs...
July 31st, 2007
ISU Seeks Weather Watchers for National Observation Program
AMES, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University and the National Weather Service are looking for weather observers to help track precipitation in Iowa as part of a national weather observation network.
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and...
July 27th, 2007
Students Explore Iowa Farms to Learn About Agriculture
AMES, Iowa - What's it like to drive a tractor for the first time? Students participating in Iowa State University's Agricultural Weekend Experience (AWE) program would tell you it's an experience they never thought they'd have...
July 17th, 2007
Iowa State Dairy Farm Set to Open in October
AMES, Iowa — The Dairy/Animal Science Education and Discovery Facility is on schedule for completion with staff and cows set to occupy it in October.
The facility is a complex of buildings that make up a modern dairy operation. The free stall, dry...
July 17th, 2007
U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Receives Grant for Swine Schools
Ames, Iowa — A $460,000, three-year grant to develop Swine Schools has been awarded to the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence (USPCE) by the USDA/Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.
The Swine Schools project will involve...
July 16th, 2007
Four Field Days Devoted to Grape Production Begin July 28
AMES, Iowa — A series of four viticulture field days at Iowa State University research farms will provide Iowa grape growers with the latest in production information.
Field days are scheduled for July 28 at the Horticulture Research Station near...
June 27th, 2007
Rouse Named Interim Director of Iowa Crop Improvement Association
AMES, Iowa — Jim Rouse has been named the interim director of the Iowa Crop Improvement Association.
The nonprofit Iowa Crop Improvement Association is the official seed certifying agency for the state of Iowa, with headquarters in the Department of...
June 26th, 2007
Rothschild Named Ensminger International Chair at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa - An internationally known Iowa State University animal geneticist has been named to an endowed chair that encourages international work.
Max Rothschild's appointment to the Ensminger International Chair is effective July 1. The...
June 20th, 2007
ISU New Century Farm to Integrate Growing and Processing Crops
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University is creating the first integrated and sustainable biofuel and bioproducts feedstock production system of its kind on a research farm in Boone County.
The "ISU New Century Farm," is to be constructed west...
June 20th, 2007
ISU Agronomy Department Names Sprague and Frey Endowed Chairs
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Department of Agronomy has named two new endowed chairs in the areas of crop genomics and biorenewable crop research.
The George F. Sprague Endowed Chair will be filled by William Beavis, chief science officer...
June 14th, 2007
Iowa State Involved in Nationwide Study of Air Quality
AMES, Iowa - Researchers at Iowa State University are participating in the first-ever, nationwide study to measure gases and compounds emitted from livestock facilities, including poultry, dairy and swine operations.
The 2.5-year, $14.6 million...
June 12th, 2007
Regents Approve ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ames, Iowa — Iowa State University's College of Agriculture is now Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
At its Tuesday meeting in Iowa City, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved a proposal from Iowa...
June 5th, 2007
Iowa State Fact Sheets Offer Basics on Biomass Crops
Iowa State University has published the first two entries in a series of fact sheets on biomass crops.
The publications on switchgrass and miscanthus provide an overview of the crops' soil and site adaptation, life cycle and growth, fertility,...
June 1st, 2007
Turkey Air Facility Emissions Monitoring Underway in Iowa
AMES, Iowa - The first extensively monitored turkey house air emissions project in the nation got underway in Iowa in early May. The project, led by Iowa State University researchers, will gather baseline data on ammonia and particulate matter...
May 30th, 2007
Demonstration Gardens Kickoff Iowa State Field Days
AMES, Iowa — This year's field day season at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms begins with garden field days June 12.
The demonstration garden field days theme is cool season gardens. Plants will include several varieties...
May 10th, 2007
ISU, Iowa Farmer Today Team Up for CropWatch Blog
AMES, Iowa — Crop conditions in Iowa can change rapidly during the growing season. That's why Iowa State University and Iowa Farmer Today have teamed up to launch CropWatch Blog.
The new website features 13 agronomy specialists from Iowa State...
May 7th, 2007
CARD Director Testifies Before House Committee on Crop Insurance
Ames, Iowa — In Congressional testimony last week, Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, offered information on how federal crop insurance policy could be reformed to benefit both...
April 30th, 2007
ISU's Lauren Christian Swine Research Center to be Dedicated May 8
AMES, Iowa — The Lauren Christian Swine Research Center at the Iowa State University Bilsland Memorial Farm near Madrid will be dedicated on May 8.
"Lauren Christian conducted much of his research at the Bilsland Farm and it is appropriate that...
April 26th, 2007
ISU Agronomy Meteorologist Named National Environmental Hero
AMES, Iowa — Daryl Herzmann, a meteorologist in the Iowa State University agronomy department, was honored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with its Environmental Hero Award.
Herzmann was among 10 individuals and groups...
April 26th, 2007
Iowa State Agronomy Students Win National Competitions
AMES, Iowa - A team of Iowa State University agronomy students finished first and second in three North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contests held in Hutchinson, Kan. April 19-21.
The team won the Ag Knowledge Quiz Bowl and...
April 19th, 2007
Alternatives to Sow Gestation Stalls Researched at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa - Keeping sows in individual stalls during pregnancy is coming under increasing scrutiny. Smithfield Foods plans to phase-out the use of gestation stalls. Burger King announced it will stop buying pork from suppliers who use the stalls,...
April 18th, 2007
A Legacy of Wow! 150 Years of Excellence in Agriculture at ISU
AMES, Iowa "“ At the kick-off of Iowa State University's sesquicentennial on Saturday, April 21, during the Veishea celebration, ISU's College of Agriculture and many of its departments and centers will feature historical displays and...
April 17th, 2007
USDA Secretary to Discuss Beginning Farmers at ISU
AMES, Iowa — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns will discuss beginning farmers at Iowa State University on Tuesday, April 17.
The panel discussion will focus on the Beginning Farmers Title of the Administration's Farm Bill proposals. It...
April 13th, 2007
ISU Researchers Design Shelterbelts to Protect Against Tsunamis
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers are applying their knowledge of agricultural shelterbelts to protect coastal areas from tsunamis at the request of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
April 11th, 2007
Biodiesel Byproduct Effective in Swine and Poultry Feed
AMES, Iowa - With the rapid expansion of ethanol and biodiesel production in Iowa, there are questions about possible uses for what remains after these alternative fuels leave the plant. So far, the use of ethanol by-products in animal feed has...
April 4th, 2007
Awards Presented by ISU Agriculture Honor Society
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, presented awards April 3 to College of Agriculture faculty and an alumnus.
Allen Trenkle, emeritus Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in...
April 4th, 2007
Iowa State Economists Serve on Iowa Council of Economic Advisors
AMES, Iowa - Two members of the Iowa State University Department of Economics have been named by Gov. Chet Culver to the Iowa Council of Economic Advisors.
Arne Hallam, economics professor and department chair, and Liesl Eathington, director of the...
April 2nd, 2007
Lamkey is new Iowa State Agronomy Department Chair
AMES, Iowa - Kendall Lamkey, Iowa State University professor of agronomy, has been named chair of the Department of Agronomy effective Feb. 15.
Lamkey's appointment will be for three years and may be renewed. He will continue to be director of...
March 30th, 2007
Lecture Series to Celebrate Iowa State Sesquicentennial
AMES, Iowa — A series of lectures associated with the 150th celebration of the founding of Iowa State University and the College of Agriculture begin April 2.
Three lectures are scheduled to take place the week of April 2 and will begin a year of...
March 9th, 2007
Iowa State Agricultural Business Club Names Outstanding Alum
AMES, Iowa — ConAgra Mills executive Paul Maass has been named the 2006 Agricultural Business Outstanding Alumnus by the Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club.
The club presented the award March 3 at its annual banquet. He was recognized...
March 7th, 2007
Iowa State Professor Inducted Into Rural Builders Hall of Fame
AMES, Iowa — Steve Hoff, professor in the Iowa State University agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has been inducted into the Rural Builders Hall of Fame.
Hoff was honored at the National Frame Builders Association's Frame...
March 7th, 2007
ISU's Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow Holds Essay Contest
AMES, Iowa — The Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) student organization at Iowa State University is holding an essay contest for high school freshmen and sophomore students.
The winner of the contest will be awarded a $500 scholarship to...
March 5th, 2007
Scofield Named Director of the Brenton Center
AMES, Iowa — Gaylan Scofield has been named the director of the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer.
Scofield was appointed as interim director after Richard Carter retired in 2004. Scofield is an Iowa State alumus...
February 13th, 2007
Summit on Agricultural Education to Discuss Teacher Shortage
AMES, Iowa - The Governor's Council on Agricultural Education will hold its Summit on Agricultural Education in Iowa March 8 in part to discuss ways to counter a shortage of teachers in the state.
"The purpose of this summit is to provide...
February 9th, 2007
Climate Change and Agriculture Topic of Seventh Pesek Colloquium
AMES, Iowa — The seventh John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, which honors a retired Iowa State University agronomy professor, will explore the potential for the agricultural sector to respond to climate change.
Cynthia Rosenzweig, who...
February 7th, 2007
2007 ISU Animal Industry Report Available on CD-ROM, Online
AMES, Iowa - The fourth annual Animal Industry Report, which summarizes all animal research done at Iowa State University, is available online and on CD-ROM.
"The research covers topics such as improving production efficiencies, environmental...
January 29th, 2007
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 Jan. 24. Award winners were:
Steven Lonergan, associate professor in animal science, received the...
January 26th, 2007
David Acker Named Endowed Chair of Global Agriculture
AMES, Iowa - David Acker has been named the first Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture in the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University.
Acker is the associate dean of academic and global programs in the College of Agriculture....
January 25th, 2007
Iowa State Studies Long-Term Use of Poultry Manure
AMES, Iowa — Nine years of research data at Iowa State University shows poultry manure is an effective fertilizer that, when applied properly, also is environmentally friendly.
The study began in 1998 to evaluate the impact of poultry manure...
January 16th, 2007
Iowa State Research Shows Poultry Odor Controlled by Additive
AMES, Iowa - Researchers in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture continue to look for ways to reduce odor and gas emissions from livestock and poultry operations. A manure additive is one avenue being considered.
A team of...
January 10th, 2007
Research is Ongoing on Livestock Use of Ethanol By-Products
Allen Trenkle, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, has been researching the use of corn milling co-products in livestock rations for more than 20 years. Many others at Iowa State University also are working in this area. Here...
January 4th, 2007
Iowa State Professor to Head American Society of Agronomy
AMES, Iowa — Kenneth Moore, Iowa State University agronomy professor, has been named the 2006-2007 president-elect of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA).
Moore took office at the annual meetings of ASA, held in conjunction with the Crop Science...
January 4th, 2007
Agronomy Faculty, Students Recognized by Agronomic Societies
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agronomy department faculty and students received numerous awards at the 2006 international annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society...