December 23rd, 2008
New ISU Summary Outlines Latest Air Quality and Odor Research
AMES, Iowa - A new online summary outlines Iowa State University's continuing research and extension efforts on reducing odor and gas emissions from livestock operations.
The new summary includes more than 50 items on current or recent research...
December 23rd, 2008
Fluorescent Corn Components Suggest Processing Improvements
AMES, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University have used a Nobel Prize-winning genetic technology to expand the understanding of milling corn.
When corn is milled, or ground, its three primary tissues combine. That complicates matters for end-...
December 18th, 2008
Iowa Seed Directory Offers Quality Seed Options
AMES, Iowa - If you are a farmer or gardener looking for quality-assured seed to plant this year, the Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) recently published the 2008 Iowa Seed Directory. To get your free copy of the Iowa Seed Directory contact...
December 17th, 2008
ISU's Soy Research Offers Greener Materials for Hot Wax Art
AMES, Iowa "“ The art world could be looking a little greener, thanks to the efforts of two Iowa State University professors.
Tong Wang, associate professor of food science and human nutrition, is working with Barbara Walton, associate...
December 12th, 2008
Iowa State's Global Resource Systems Major First in the Nation
AMES, Iowa "“ Imagine tailoring your college career to become an expert in a technical field and a specific region of the world. That's what students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will do beginning in August 2009.
December 1st, 2008
Videos on Soybean Cyst Nematode Testing Available Online
AMES, Iowa - Two videos featuring an Iowa State University plant pathology professor are featured on the Corn and Soybean Digest magazine's Web site.
Greg Tylka is an extension plant pathologist and nematologist, plus coordinator of Iowa State...
November 26th, 2008
Lawrence Named to USDA Advisory Committee
AMES, Iowa — John Lawrence, Iowa State University Extension livestock economist and economics professor, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer.
November 24th, 2008
MATRIC Publishes Book on Feeding Distillers Grains
AMES, Iowa "“ The Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center (MATRIC) at Iowa State University has published a book on using distillers grains, a co-product of biofuels production, as a feedstuff for livestock and poultry. The...
November 24th, 2008
Munkvold to Chair Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business
AMES, Iowa — Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University associate professor of plant pathology and Seed Science Center Endowed Chair, has been appointed chair of the Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB).
The program combines seed science...
November 21st, 2008
Crop Science Names Iowa State Agronomist as New Editor
AMES, Iowa — Mark Westgate, Iowa State University agronomy professor, becomes editor of "Crop Science," the flagship journal of the Crop Science Society of America, on Jan. 1, 2009.
Westgate was named editor during the October meeting...
November 10th, 2008
Iowa State Professor Honored for Teaching Excellence
AMES, Iowa - Richard Schultz, a natural resource ecology and management professor at Iowa State, received one of six regional awards for teaching excellence Nov. 9.
As a recipient of a United States Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture...
November 3rd, 2008
Iowa State Faculty Appointed to National Air Quality Task Force
AMES, Iowa - Three members of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty have been appointed to a national air quality task force.
Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering professor, Robert Burns,...
October 31st, 2008
ISU Agriculture and Life Sciences Alums Honored
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to alums and an emeritus professor on Oct. 24 at the annual Iowa State University Alumni Association awards ceremony.
Roger Underwood, retired CEO of...
October 30th, 2008
Iowa State Crop Genomics Lab Largest in Nation
AMES, Iowa - The largest cluster of plant databases in the nation has a new home, the Crop Genome Informatics Laboratory, a USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Iowa State University facility.
The building housing the center was...
October 23rd, 2008
On-Farm Research and Demonstration Grants Available for 2009
AMES, Iowa — Ideas and proposals are sought for a unique program that pairs farmers with Iowa State University researchers to work on topics related to conservation and sustainability.
Proposals are due Dec. 17 for the 2009 ISU On-Farm Research and...
October 6th, 2008
ISU Soils Judging Team Wins Regional Competition
AMES, Iowa — The student soils judging team from Iowa State University
brought home a first place finish from a recent regional competition in
Minnesota. The overall win was buoyed by a first place finish in the team
judging portion of the event and...
October 3rd, 2008
Record Number of Employers to Recruit at Ag Career Day
AMES, Iowa — So many employers have signed up for Iowa State University's Ag Career Day Oct. 21 that some will have to be located outside under tents.
Mike Gaul, director of agriculture and life sciences career services, said 165 employers are...
September 22nd, 2008
Iowa State Alumnus Named Chair of Entomology Department
AMES, Iowa — Leslie Lewis, who earned a doctorate in entomology at Iowa State University, becomes chair of the Department of Entomology today, Sept. 22.
Lewis will serve a two-year term. He's been a collaborator/professor at Iowa State since...
September 18th, 2008
Field Day to Cover Sugar Beets for Ethanol Production
AMES, Iowa — Sugar beets as a bioenergy feedstock will be the topic of a special field day Sept. 25 at the Iowa State University Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm.
The program will include a review of the 2008 sugar beet-growing...
September 17th, 2008
Xin Named Director of Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — Hongwei Xin, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University.
"Dr. Xin's strong understanding of the domestic and international poultry industry...
September 15th, 2008
New Agronomist Brings Miscanthus Expertise to Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — After only a handful of weeks in Ames, one of the newest faculty members of the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy is generating a buzz.
Production biomass agronomist Emily Heaton is touting the benefits of the perennial grass...
September 8th, 2008
CF Industries Supports ISU Efforts to Help Farm Flood Recovery
AMES, Iowa — Thanks to a $25,000 gift from CF Industries, Inc., Iowa State University Extension will provide free financial planning to Iowa farm families dealing with the aftermath of this year's flooding.
With the company's commitment,...
August 26th, 2008
Livestock Issues to be Covered at Sept. 8 Field Day
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University McNay Research and Demonstration Farm will host a field day Sept. 8 with topics of interest to beef and sheep producers.
The free field day is open to the public. It begins at 3:30 p.m. at the farm, which is...
August 18th, 2008
Ecological Economics is Topic for Pesek Colloquium Sept. 11
AMES, Iowa — The eighth John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, which honors a retired Iowa State University agronomy professor, will be Sept. 11.
Robert Costanza, the Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and director of the Gund...
August 13th, 2008
Field Tours to Show Iowa State's Biomass Research Aug. 25 and 29
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University will offer a view of its latest research for growing and harvesting biomass plants at field tours Aug. 25 and 29.
The tours will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 and 9 to noon Aug. 29 at the Agricultural...
August 4th, 2008
ISU Ag Business Club Upholds Top National Standings
AMES, Iowa "“ The Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club has been named the National Outstanding Chapter and received the National Creative Club Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) for the third...
July 23rd, 2008
Variety of Plants Featured at Garden Demonstration Field Days
AMES, Iowa — Home Demonstration Garden Field Days are underway at Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farms.
The public is welcome to participate in the field days, which this year feature a variety of tomatoes, herbs,...
July 15th, 2008
Late Silking Puts Corn Yield at Mercy of Fall Weather
AMES, Iowa — The cool spring in Iowa has pushed back expected silking dates about 12 days later than usual, according to Iowa State University Extension corn specialist Roger Elmore.
"Our models show that most of the corn planted in mid-May...
July 14th, 2008
Hart Named as New Grain Marketing Economist at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa - When it comes to information about the grain markets, there's a new kid on the block at Iowa State University. Beginning Aug. 1, Chad Hart will pick up many of the responsibilities of Robert Wisner, who provided grain marketing...
July 14th, 2008
Misra Named to Dean's Chair for Distinction
AMES, Iowa — Manjit Misra, director of the Seed Science Center and the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products at Iowa State University, has been named the Dean's Chair for Distinction in the College of Agriculture...
July 1st, 2008
Iowa Schools Fail to Meet Agricultural Industry's Needs
AMES, Iowa — Iowa schools are not doing enough to help students learn about and become involved in careers in agricultural and life sciences, according to a review of educational programs by the Governor's Council on Agricultural Education....
June 27th, 2008
Corn Replanting Carries Major Risks, Says ISU Agronomist
AMES, Iowa — With corn prices at record highs, many farmers are considering replanting flood-damaged fields, although years of data advise caution with such a decision. Recent yield simulations run by the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State...
June 25th, 2008
ISU Center Receives $100,000 from Monsanto Fund for Uganda Project
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods has received a $100,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to improve nutrition in rural Uganda through raising of livestock and...
June 9th, 2008
Research and Demonstration Farm Field Days Begin June 19
AMES, Iowa — Field days at Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farms begin June 19 at the Northeast farm near Nashua.
Among the highlights of the field day season is the 50th anniversary of the Allee Demonstration Farm near...
June 2nd, 2008
Swine Nutritionist Joins Iowa State University Faculty
AMES, Iowa - An expert in swine nutrition will join the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Sept. 1. John Patience will focus on current nutritional issues for the swine and feed industry. The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is...
May 27th, 2008
Tiny Gene Discovered Hiding in a Major Family of Plant Viruses
AMES, Iowa - In an international collaboration, researchers in Allen Miller's lab in the Department of Plant Pathology at Iowa State University have shown that a tiny gene exists in all members of the largest family of plant viruses. Without...
May 27th, 2008
ISU Professor Named Distinguished Teacher by National Association
AMES, Iowa "“ Iowa State University agricultural economics professor James Kliebenstein has been selected as a recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA).
The association will...
May 16th, 2008
Iowa State Researchers Aim to Improve Nutritional Quality of Beef
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers are identifying opportunities to advance the nutritional value of beef.
Funded by recent grants from Pfizer Animal Genetics and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium, the research brings...
May 7th, 2008
Ponds Found to Take Up Carbon Like World's Oceans
AMES, Iowa — Research led by Iowa State University limnologist, or lake scientist, John Downing finds that ponds around the globe could absorb as much carbon as the world's oceans.
Professor Downing found that constructed ponds and lakes on...
April 23rd, 2008
Iowa State Agronomy Students Win at National Competition
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agronomy students recently won first and second place titles from a national agriculture competition in Texas.
The students competed in three North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contests...
April 21st, 2008
Iowa State Symposium April 25 Honors Jay Lush
AMES, Iowa - A symposium celebrating the legacy of Jay Lush will be April 25 in Ames. Lush is considered the father of modern animal breeding. He was a prolific researcher and graduate educator during his career as a professor of animal science at...
April 9th, 2008
National Air Emissions Conference May 19-21 in Des Moines
AMES, Iowa - Increased populations in traditional farm areas and environmental concerns have created a more immediate need to reduce odor and air emissions from animal feeding operations. A national conference exploring the advantages, limitations...
April 2nd, 2008
ISU Endowed Chair Named for George Washington Carver
AMES, Iowa — With support from the state of Iowa and a private donor, Iowa State University has established an endowed faculty chair in the name of its first African-American student and faculty member, world-renowned scientist George Washington...
April 1st, 2008
Iowa State MANRRS Chapter Judged Nation's Best
AMES, Iowa —The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter at Iowa State University was selected National Chapter of the Year on March 29 at the 23rd national conference in Denver.
The club has won the award...
March 25th, 2008
Sustainable Agriculture Critic to Speak at Iowa State March 26
AMES, Iowa — Dennis Avery, author of the book Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastics and director of the Center for Global Food Issues at the Hudson Institute, will speak at Iowa State University's Graduate Colloquium in Sustainable...
March 17th, 2008
Iowa Egg Industry Produces Nearly 14 billion Eggs in 2007
AMES, Iowa — Iowa leads the nation in egg production and processing, accounting for over $1.8 billion in total sales and $475.7 million in annual value-added activity. The nearly 7,600 jobs attributed to the egg production and processing sector...
March 6th, 2008
Iowa's Turkey Processors Give Producers Room To Grow
AMES, Iowa — Iowa turkey production increased between 1996 and 2006 and has the potential for more growth, according to a report on the industry produced by the Iowa State University economics department.
Economist John Lawrence and Laura Bortz, an...
March 3rd, 2008
Iowa State's Agricultural Business Club Names Outstanding Alum
AMES, Iowa — The Agricultural Business Club at Iowa State University honored Doug Dashner, retired executive director of the Dekalb County, Ill. Farm Bureau, March 1 as its Outstanding Alumnus.
The club each year recognizes an outstanding alum who...
February 29th, 2008
New Swine Environmental Management Database Available
AMES, Iowa — A searchable, web-based database developed by Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering can quickly locate published information regarding environmental management practices on U.S. pork...
February 25th, 2008
New Scholarship Will Support ISU Entomology Students
AMES, Iowa - A new endowed scholarship has been established for graduate students studying entomology at Iowa State University.
Wendy Wintersteen, dean of ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and her husband Robert Waggoner...
February 22nd, 2008
ISU Center to Improve Nutrition of Staple Bean Diets in Africa
Ames, IA — Iowa State University's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to enhance nutritional value and marketability of common beans in Uganda and Rwanda...
January 22nd, 2008
Demand Prompts Agricultural Career Fair Feb. 14
AMES, Iowa — Strong interest from employers looking for job and internship candidates has prompted the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to schedule its first spring career fair for Feb. 14.
The college is known for its Ag Career Day in the...
January 16th, 2008
National Nutrient Management Plan Development Course Feb. 25-27
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's agricultural and biosystems engineering department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are offering a national Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (...
January 7th, 2008
Iowa State's Beginning Farmers Conference set for Jan. 26
AMES, Iowa — The third annual Beginning Farmers Conference will be held Jan. 26 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, hosted by the Beginning Farmers Network (BFN) at Iowa State University.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey...