News Releases 2010

December 8th, 2010 Media Advisory: Global Connections Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine
AMES, Iowa — Global research partnerships, student exchanges, immersive study abroad programs and service projects are the focus of the latest issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Iowa State University. The college's alumni...

December 1st, 2010 New discovery prevents symptoms of rare genetic disorder
AMES, Iowa — A new study offers hope for children born with a rare genetic disease, according to a paper published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The research was led by Dr. Matthew Ellinwood, a veterinarian and animal...

November 1st, 2010 Iowa State Food Science Professor Honored by Cereal Chemist Association
AMES, Iowa — Larry Johnson, Iowa State University professor of food science and human nutrition, has been presented the Applied Research Award by the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC). The AACC International Applied Research Award is...

November 1st, 2010 New Grant to Iowa State Will Support Organic Soil Research
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University was awarded a grant to study the effect of cover crops, soil amendments and reduced tillage on carbon sequestration and soil health in a long-term organic vegetable system. USDA's National Institute of Food...

October 31st, 2010 Iowa State Animal Science Prof Named to Meat Industry Hall of Fame
AMES, Iowa — A long-time member of the Iowa State University animal science faculty is now in the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. Robert Rust was one of 12 new members inducted Oct. 30 during a ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz. Also in the group were the...

October 29th, 2010 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alums Honored
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards on Oct. 29 at the annual Iowa State University Alumni Association Honors and Awards ceremony. Jim Borel, executive vice president of DuPont, received...

October 28th, 2010 Nearly Half of Iowans Surveyed Visit Iowa's Rivers and Streams
AMES, Iowa — Results of a new statewide representative survey reveal the patterns and preferences of Iowa citizens in their use of the state's rivers and streams, with nearly half of survey respondents reporting taking trips to one of the 73...

October 12th, 2010 Neil E. Harl to Present Deal Lecture at ISU Oct. 27
AMES, Iowa — Neil E. Harl will present the 2010 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Oct. 27 at Iowa State University. Harl will present "Building an Enduring Leadership Platform" at 7 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union on...

October 6th, 2010 Iowa State Researchers Study Energy Use in Pig Production
AMES, Iowa — The concept of "life cycle assessment" was first applied to manufacturing processes but is increasingly being used to examine agriculture. It's a technique to analyze the environmental impacts associated with a product,...

October 4th, 2010 Vilsack to Headline Global Farmer Town Hall Meeting at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will be at Iowa State University Oct. 12 to participate in a "Global Farmer Town Hall" meeting. As part of the United Nations' International Year of Biodiversity, a panel made...

October 4th, 2010 Iowa State Agriculture And Life Sciences Career Fair On Track to be One of Largest
AMES, Iowa — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is one of the new organizations that has committed to recruit at Ag Career Day Oct. 19 at Iowa State University. "There's an interesting mix of companies travelling distances including...

October 4th, 2010 IDALS and Iowa State To Develop Statewide Nutrient Reduction Strategy
Iowa has rich soils and a climate well suited for producing crops for food, fuel and fiber. But when it rains, farm fields can be susceptible to nutrient loss. This can impact not only Iowa's water quality, but also is a concern downstream in...

September 30th, 2010 Russian Family Farms is Topic for Oct. 18 Lecture at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — A member of the Russian Parliament and president of a farmer organization will present a lecture at Iowa State University Oct. 18. Senator Vladimir Plotnikov, a member of the Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament, is president of the...

September 27th, 2010 Cresco Couple Fund Iowa State University Internship for Borlaug Foundation
AMES, Iowa — Jack and Fran Thomson of Cresco have established the Borlaug-Thomson Internship Fund to support the work of an intern for the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation and the historic Borlaug farm. John H. "Jack" Thomson, a third-...

September 23rd, 2010 Iowa State Professor Joins the Ranks of Top Animal Scientists
AMES, Iowa ­— Don Beitz received the Frank Barron Morrison Award in July at the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) conference in Denver. Beitz, an Iowa State Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor, received the honor for outstanding...

September 13th, 2010 Thompson Named Harmon Professor of Forestry at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — Jan Thompson has been named the Harmon Family Professor in Forestry in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University. The professorship is named for nationally recognized forestry expert Wendell...

September 9th, 2010 Enrollment increase continues in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
AMES, Iowa — Undergraduate student enrollment at Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has increased to 3,298. That's an increase of 216 undergraduate students since last fall. Last fall's enrollment of 3,...

September 9th, 2010 Video offers guidance to growers coping with soybean sudden death syndrome
AMES, Iowa — As soybean sudden death syndrome continues to ravage Iowa fields in one of the worst outbreaks in many years, Iowa soybean growers are increasingly worried about the damage the disease will cause, while others are unsure whether their...

September 8th, 2010 Endowed Faculty Position Established in ISU's Meat Science Program
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's top-ranked meat science program now has its first endowed faculty position. Joseph Sebranek has been named the first holder of the Morrison Chair in Meat Science. Sebranek is a distinguished professor in the...

September 7th, 2010 First Recipients Named for Excellence in Applied Research Award
AMES, Iowa — Two professors in the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are the first recipients of a new award named for a former college dean. The Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research was presented...

August 31st, 2010 Iowa State University awarded grant to develop green-chemicals for oil spill clean up
AMES, Iowa — Finding greener methods to clean up the Gulf oil spill is the focus of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response grant. The grant was awarded to two Iowa State University faculty members who are collaborating with scientists...

August 26th, 2010 U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Launches Swine Science Online
AMES, Iowa — After months of testing, the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence is launching classes at six universities through Swine Science Online. Starting in August, the courses will be offered at Colorado State University, Iowa State University,...

August 25th, 2010 Ag business student represents Iowa State at Taiwan agriculture program
AMES, Iowa — Scott Henry was one of 23 students from 18 universities across the United States selected to participate in the Exploring Agriculture in Taiwan (EAT) program held in early August. Henry, an Iowa State University junior in agricultural...

August 24th, 2010 Soybean Association and Iowa State University publish weed field guide
ANKENY, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State University (ISU) have developed a new resource to help soybean growers recognize and manage weed problems. The Weed Identification Field Guide includes images and descriptions of 56...

August 19th, 2010 Iowa State Research and Demonstration Farms hosts late summer field days
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farms and ISU Extension have scheduled several late summer field days beginning Aug. 25 at the Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm near Greenfield and the Western Research...

August 9th, 2010 Corn Management, Precision Ag Featured at ISU Field Day Near Newell, Aug. 20
AMES, Iowa — Corn management and precision agriculture will be the focus of a field day at the Iowa State University Allee Research and Demonstration Farm near Newell on Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ISU Extension field agronomists Mark Licht and...

August 3rd, 2010 Gary Twedt Honored at July 29 All Horticulture Field Day
AMES, Iowa — Gary Twedt received the Distinguished Service to Iowa Horticulture Award at the second annual All Horticulture Field Day on July 29. Twedt is the golf superintendent at the Ottumwa Country Club where he has worked for the past 23 years...

August 3rd, 2010 ISU Horticulture Professor Presented Undergraduate Teaching Award
AMES, Iowa — Ann Marie VanDerZanden, professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, has been presented the 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). The award recognizes an...

July 26th, 2010 Iowa State Animal Science Faculty and Students Honored at International Meeting
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University animal science faculty and students won several awards and honors at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), Poultry Science Association (PSA), Asociación Mexicana de Producción...

July 23rd, 2010 Iowa State Administrator Among Experts to Discuss Africa's Agricultural Development
AMES, Iowa — An associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State will join experts from the World Bank, Harvard University, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other organizations in a panel discussion on...

July 15th, 2010 Media Advisory: Animal Agriculture Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine
AMES, Iowa — Research and education programs in animal breeding and genetics, animal nutrition and animal welfare are the focus of the latest issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. The college's alumni...

July 15th, 2010 National Swine Nutrition Guide Well-Received by Industry, Academics
AMES, Iowa — A comprehensive swine nutrition guide released earlier this year is getting rave reviews from users. The National Swine Nutrition Guide, funded by a United Soybean Board grant, was developed in collaboration with land-grant universities...

July 14th, 2010 Field Days Seek to Sow New Ideas for Cultivating Gardens
AMES, Iowa — Several Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms will offer gardeners new ideas at Home Demonstration Garden Field Days beginning July 27. Cindy Haynes, the horticulture associate professor who coordinates the...

July 14th, 2010 ISU Animal Science Prof Selected for Fulbright Exchange in Scotland
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor of animal science has been selected to participate in the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission educational exchange program. Christopher Tuggle, a specialist in functional genomics, studies gene pathways and...

July 8th, 2010 Iowa State Honors IDALS Water Chief as "Extraordinary Partner"
AMES, Iowa — The government official who oversees water programs for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) was honored July 7 by Iowa State University. Dean Lemke, IDALS water resource bureau chief, was presented the Impact...

July 7th, 2010 Thinking about Yards and Gardens — There's an App for that
AMES, Iowa — Demonstrating the newest computer applications in horticulture will be one of several presentations at the All Horticulture Field Day on July 29. The field day will be held at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near...

June 23rd, 2010 Graduates in Agricultural and Related Fields See Improved Job Prospects
AMES, Iowa — Employment opportunities for college graduates earning degrees in agriculture and related fields will improve over the next five years, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Mike Gaul, career services director for the...

June 21st, 2010 Iowa State Expands Investment in Regional Food Systems Work
AMES, Iowa — Mirroring the growing national movement in regional food production, Iowans have shown increased interest in the availability of locally produced fruits and vegetables. Work in the state to develop regional food systems is providing new...

June 10th, 2010 June 25 Dairy Month Celebration to be Held at ISU Dairy Farm
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm will be the site for a Dairy Month celebration on June 25 from 6 to 11 a.m. The event is open to the public and will include tours of the milking parlor, barns and a discovery center for children,...

June 7th, 2010 ISU Professor Elected President of Aquatic Science Group
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor has been elected to a leadership position for the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). John Downing's election was announced June 7 at the organization's summer business...

June 2nd, 2010 Iowa State Horticulture Faculty Member to Receive Teaching Award
AMES, Iowa — Cindy Haynes, an associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, will receive this year's Teacher Fellow Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). The Teacher Fellow Award is based on...

June 1st, 2010 Iowa State Research Farm Field Days Begin June 16
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farms field days this year, which begin June 16, will include the 75th anniversary celebration at the Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm. The Muscatine Island farm...

May 24th, 2010 Iowa State Animal Scientists Take Ensminger School to Spain
AMES, Iowa — The latest Ensminger international animal industry conference was held May 19-21 in Lleida, Spain. The event was organized by Iowa State University and the University of Lleida. "Adapting Animal Production to Changes for a Growing...

May 24th, 2010 American Oil Chemists' Society Honors Iowa State University Professor
AMES, Iowa — Lawrence Johnson, Iowa State University professor of food science and human nutrition, has been presented the Alton E. Bailey Award by the United States section of the American Oil Chemists' Society. The award recognizes...

May 18th, 2010 Iowa State Program Takes Students Camping to Study Turtles
AMES, Iowa — Students from Iowa State University and other colleges will join high school students from Iowa and Illinois to spend the next month and a half studying turtles on an island in the Mississippi River. Fred Janzen, a professor of ecology...

May 14th, 2010 ISU Extension Entomologists Offer Recommendations on Protecting Ash Trees
AMES, Iowa — The new discovery of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in northeastern Iowa (Allamakee County) has increased interest in this exotic, invasive insect and what Iowans can do to protect ash trees (Fraxinus species) on their property. Iowa State...

May 11th, 2010 ISU Offers New Online Resources to Improve On-farm Crop Production Research
AMES, Iowa — Crop growers and agribusinesses interested in conducting scientifically sound on-farm research have new resources at their disposal from Iowa State University. ISU's Crop Adviser Institute has developed two educational modules...

May 5th, 2010 Iowa State Receives $200,000 Grant to Develop Biomass Crops in Southern Iowa
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has been awarded a $200,000 grant to develop perennial cash crops for southern Iowa. The grant was awarded by the Sun Grant Initiative to fund biomass crop production research. The grant forms a partnership with...

May 3rd, 2010 Iowa State Animal Science Department Honors Pork Leader
AMES, Iowa — Steve Kerns of Clearfield was inducted into the Iowa State University Animal Science Hall of Fame April 25. "Steve Kerns has provided outstanding leadership for the livestock industry in Iowa and is a strong supporter of animal...

April 29th, 2010 AAI provides $100,000 for scholarships to College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
AMES, Iowa — The Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) has donated $100,000 to Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for scholarships. The scholarships will be available to students enrolling at Iowa State and...

April 29th, 2010 Iowa State University Research to Study Plant Responses to Pathogens
AMES, Iowa — A U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist and his Iowa State University colleagues will partner with scientists from the United Kingdom to investigate how crop plants respond to pathogens through a new grant that includes an...

April 28th, 2010 Iowa State NAMA chapter wins John Deere Signature Award
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) chapter was presented the John Deere Signature Award at the association's annual conference and trade show April 22-24 in Kansas City. The chapter won the award for overall...

April 28th, 2010 Complete Preservation of Iowa State's Chicken Lines Now Possible
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is the first university to participate in a new, innovative process to preserve poultry germplasm. Until recently, only the male genetics of chickens could be preserved by freezing. New technology makes it possible...

April 16th, 2010 Dairy Nutritionist Named to New Endowed Professorship
AMES, Iowa — A researcher who specializes in dairy nutritional physiology will fill a newly endowed professorship in Iowa State University's animal science department. Lance Baumgard was recognized April 15 at a medallion ceremony as the...

April 14th, 2010 Hail damage linked to increased corn ear rots and mycotoxins, ISU research shows
AMES, Iowa — New research on hail-damaged corn led by Iowa State University shows that hail damage during grain fill increases the risk of ear rot diseases and mycotoxin contamination. The findings are important because hail-damaged corn is often...

April 14th, 2010 ISU Rural Sociologist Named Interim Director of Leopold Center
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University sociology professor has been named the interim director of ISU's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, following a nationwide search that ended without a candidate being selected. Lois Wright Morton...

April 9th, 2010 Awards Presented by ISU Agriculture Honor Society
AMES, Iowa — Awards were presented April 8 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty, alumni and students by the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta. Allen Trenkle received the...

April 8th, 2010 ISU Alum to Speak on Serving Humanity Through Food Science
AMES, Iowa — Alex Buchanan, international food technologist and Iowa State University alumnus will present "Food Science and Humanitarianism" on April 21. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Sun...

April 7th, 2010 Survey of Iowa State Grads Reveals Factors That Make An Entrepreneur
AMES, Iowa — Go to college. Choose a major. Complete a couple internships. Graduate and get a job. Mission accomplished. Or is it? What if rather than taking a job, a college graduate created a job or jobs by becoming an entrepreneur? Today's...

April 5th, 2010 Maintaining Stored Grain Topic of April 9 Webinar
AMES, Iowa — A webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. April 9 will give farmers and grain elevator operators information on keeping their stored grain in good condition. "Last fall's wet conditions meant that many producers had to harvest corn and...

April 2nd, 2010 AgDiscovery Program Seeks Teens for Summer Experience at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University invites teenagers interested in learning about careers in protecting plants and animals to apply by April 10 for a summer experience through a new AgDiscovery program. "The program is aimed at increasing the...

April 2nd, 2010 ISU American Indian Plant Genetics Outreach Honored by USDA-ARS
AMES, Iowa — An effort to involve American Indian students and researchers in plant genome research at Iowa State University has been honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). The Outreach to American...

March 31st, 2010 Iowa State's Farm Operations Club Garners National Honors
AMES, Iowa — Members of the Iowa State University Farm Operations Club earned several top honors at the National Postsecondary Agriculture Students Organization convention. During the convention, Iowa State student Danielle Hamilton, a sophomore in...

March 29th, 2010 Climate Change Forum Helps Formulate Research Agenda
AMES, Iowa — Agricultural and environmental leaders met at Iowa State University to assess the current state of knowledge on global and regional climate change trends, the effects on agricultural production systems and to consider policies needed to...

March 23rd, 2010 ISU Professor Named Top Educator by Meat Processors Association
AMES, Iowa — James Dickson of Iowa State University has received the outstanding educator award from the North American Meat Processors Association at its annual management conference in Chicago. The Harry L. Rudnick Educator of the Year Award is...

March 12th, 2010 Water Resource Award Renamed to Honor Gerald Miller
AMES, Iowa — A national water resource team award has been renamed the Gerald A. Miller Outreach Team Award. The award recognizes Miller's contributions to the protection and enhancement of water resources in the United States. Miller, who has...

March 11th, 2010 Outstanding College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Students Earn Bob Jolly Entrepreneurship Scholarship
AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students have been awarded the 2010 Bob Jolly Entrepreneurship Scholarship. Jared Achen and Clark Dolch were selected to receive the $1,500 awards based on their...

March 4th, 2010 Monsanto Hosting Employee Fund Drive to Benefit ISU Scholarships
AMES, Iowa— Monsanto and Iowa State University have partnered to establish the Monsanto Agricultural Scholars Fund to furnish scholarships for undergraduate students in Iowa State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. An employee goal has...

March 1st, 2010 Products Made from Plants Focus of Iowa State Workshop
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University will host the Midwest Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop May 11 to bring together researchers and companies developing products from plant components. The workshop is for technicians, engineers, designers and...

February 26th, 2010 Forestry Professor Honored by Arboriculture Society Chapter
AMES, Iowa — Dick Schultz, professor of natural resource ecology and management, was presented the Presidents award Feb. 18 by the Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. The President's award recognizes an individual...

February 17th, 2010 Turf Club wins Turf Bowl competition eighth time in nine years
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State University Turf Club won first place at the 2010 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition at the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's education conference on Feb. 11 in San Diego. This is the eighth...

February 16th, 2010 ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents awards to faculty, staff
AMES, Iowa - The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring semester convocation on Feb. 12. Award winners include: Russ Mullen, professor of agronomy, received the...

January 29th, 2010 Beginning Farmers Conference to be held at Iowa State Feb. 6
AMES, Iowa - The Beginning Farmers Network at Iowa State University will host the fifth annual Beginning Farmers Conference on Feb. 6 at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State campus. Craig Lang, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Association, will...

January 28th, 2010 ISU Scientist Honored for Research in Cereals and Oilseeds
Ames, Iowa — An Iowa State University scientist has been honored for outstanding achievements in cereals and oilseed research. Lawrence Johnson, a professor of food science and human nutrition, will receive the 2010 Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds...

January 25th, 2010 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Job Fair Set for Feb. 3
AMES, Iowa — The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University will host its third annual spring Ag Career Day Feb. 3. The job fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall of Iowa State's Memorial...

January 25th, 2010 Former Secretary of Ag Schafer to speak at Iowa State Feb. 9
AMES, Iowa — Ed Schafer, former governor of North Dakota and 29th secretary of agriculture, will present "Innovation in Global Agriculture in the 21st Century" Feb. 9 at Iowa State University. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in the Great...

January 15th, 2010 Iowa State Horticulture Student Researches Printing Messages on Apples
AMES, Iowa — Apples imprinted with messages or logos could be a specialty product for Iowa's apple growers, according to Iowa State University horticultural research. Brandon Carpenter, a junior majoring in horticulture, conducted the project...

January 14th, 2010 Media Advisory: "Green" Research Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine
AMES, Iowa — With society's growing interest in living green, programs relating to environmental stewardship and energy savings within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University are especially relevant. Articles on...

January 5th, 2010 Associate Dean Gerald Miller tours Iraqi agricultural colleges
AMES, Iowa — Gerald Miller, associate dean of extension and outreach in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, joined six agriculture college deans from across the country in early December for a visit of Iraqi...