News Releases 2011

December 15th, 2011 Iowa State Professor to Lead Regional Aquaculture Center
AMES, Iowa — Joe Morris, professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, has been named director of the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC). Morris has been associate director of the Center since 2000....

December 7th, 2011 Research Seeks to Safeguard Soil While Producing Energy from Biomass
AMES, Iowa — Soil scientists believe one of the reasons that former prairie soils are so productive is because of the fires that raged through the grasslands over many millennia. "It's a legacy of perhaps 10,000 years of prairie fires....

November 21st, 2011 New Welding Equipment Benefits Agricultural Education Student Teachers
AMES, Iowa — New welding equipment at Iowa State University, including a computer-assisted virtual welder, is allowing the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies to offer classes that haven't been available for several years. Ryan...

November 18th, 2011 Iowa State Agronomy Professor Earns USDA Excellence in Teaching Award
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor of agronomy has been awarded the annual USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Lee Burras is one of nine people to receive the national award, which encompasses all the food...

November 15th, 2011 ISU Announces Candidates for Director of Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
AMES, Iowa — Three candidates will be interviewed for the director's position of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The candidates are Abdullah Jaradat of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's North...

November 4th, 2011 Iowa State Economics Professor Named Interim Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
AMES, Iowa — Catherine Kling, professor of economics at Iowa State University, has been named interim director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD). Kling served as the division head of CARD's Resource and Environmental...

October 31st, 2011 Iowa State University Hires New Extension Food Safety Specialist
AMES, Iowa — Angela Laury will work with Iowa producers and manufacturers to promote food safety as the new food safety specialist for Iowa State University Extension. Laury began work in August as an assistant professor in food science and human...

October 27th, 2011 National Institutes of Health Awards Iowa State Grant for Food Safety Training
AMES, Iowa — The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to Iowa State University to develop a program to train inspectors for the new Food Safety Modernization Act. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will administer the $1.5 million...

October 24th, 2011 Iowa State University Swine Teaching Farm Renamed for Long-time Manager
AMES, Iowa — The Swine Teaching Farm at Iowa State University has been named for Allen Christian, who managed the farm for more than 50 years. The renaming was announced Oct. 22 at an annual gathering of the Department of Animal Science. Christian...

October 21st, 2011 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alums Honored
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards today at the annual Alumni Association Honors and Awards Ceremony. Jim Frevert, who retired from Hertz Farm Management Inc. in Nevada, Iowa in 2003,...

October 21st, 2011 Curtiss Classroom Dedication Honors Harold and Rachel Crawford
AMES, Iowa — A dedication for the Harold and Rachel Crawford Agricultural Teacher Education Complex at Iowa State University was held today. The complex offers state-of-the art equipment for students and office facilities for graduate students....

October 20th, 2011 Iowa State University Soil Judging Team Wins Regional Competition
AMES, Iowa — A team of Iowa State University students won the 2011 American Society of Agronomy Region 5 Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in Pierre, S.D. Sept. 26-30. Eight Midwest universities and 61 students competed in the contest. The team will...

October 17th, 2011 USDA Awards Iowa State Grant to Develop Biorenewable Plant Containers
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop biorenewable and biodegradable containers for the specialty crop industry. The $1.9 million grant will be used to develop bioplastic...

October 10th, 2011 Scott Irwin to Present Deal Lecture at Iowa State Oct. 25
AMES, Iowa — Economist Scott Irwin will present the 2011 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Oct. 25 at Iowa State University. He will present "How Agricultural Economics Saved Futures Markets: An Untold Story of Leadership" at 7 p...

October 4th, 2011 Iowa State Agriculture Career Fair Reflects Demand for Graduates
AMES, Iowa — This year's agricultural career fair at Iowa State University Oct. 18 is on track to duplicate last year's busy event. More than 1,400 students took part in Ag Career Day last year, representing 75 ISU majors and 18 other...

October 3rd, 2011 Sukup Manufacturing's Gift Commitment to Help Complete the ISU Biorenewables Complex
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University announced a new gift commitment from Sukup Manufacturing Co. at the Sept. 30 groundbreaking for the second phase of the Biorenewables Complex. Sukup Manufacturing Co.'s gift commitment builds on the firm'...

September 28th, 2011 U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Awards Certificate to First Student to Complete Swine Science Online
AMES, Iowa — The first student to complete the distance education online program offered through the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence has earned her certificate of completion. Emily Haugen says the Swine Science Online program was valuable and has...

September 21st, 2011 ISU Kolmer Award Recognizes Research that Benefits Iowans
AMES, Iowa — Two professors in the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been honored for their research in mitigating livestock odors and developing environmentally beneficial cattle production. ISU's Dean Lee R....

September 19th, 2011 DuPont Presents Grant to Iowa State University for Corn Breeding Faculty Position
AMES, Iowa — DuPont, through its Pioneer Hi-Bred business, has awarded a grant to Iowa State University to establish a corn-breeding program through support of a new faculty position and a graduate research position. This position will be a leading...

September 6th, 2011 Iowa Pork Producers Association Provides $400,000 to Two Iowa State University Facility Projects
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Pork Producers Association's (IPPA) long-time philanthropic support of facilities and academic programs at Iowa State University is continuing with new gift commitments for two upcoming facility projects on campus. The...

September 2nd, 2011 Iowa State University Greenhouse Dedication Sept. 3
AMES, Iowa — New state-of-the-art horticulture greenhouses will be dedicated on the Iowa State University campus Sept. 3. The $4 million teaching and research facility replaces 98-year-old greenhouses that were demolished in 2010. The new 12,000...

September 1st, 2011 South Dakota State Entomologist Named Chair of Iowa State Departments
AMES, Iowa — Sue Blodgett has been named chair for the departments of Entomology and Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University. "Dr. Blodgett is an outstanding scientist with many accomplishments and impacts in innovative...

August 30th, 2011 Iowa State Animal Scientist on Team to Receive Technology Transfer Award
AMES, Iowa — Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture at Iowa State University, is part of a research team that will be presented an award for technology transfer. The mid-continent region of the Federal Laboratory...

August 18th, 2011 Iowa State Researchers Earn USDA Grant to Compare Bioenergy Cropping Systems
AMES, Iowa — ISU researchers are comparing the economic potential and environmental impacts of bioenergy cropping systems to help policymakers and producers make informed land management decisions. The project recently received a three-year, $725,...

August 17th, 2011 Iowa State to Coordinate Study to Improve Feed Efficiency in Swine
AMES, Iowa — An international team of scientists will tackle the challenge of improving feed efficiency in swine through a $5 million grant coordinated by Iowa State University. "This project is to improve the efficiency with which the pig...

August 16th, 2011 ISU Ag Business Club wins national award sixth year in a row
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club has been named the National Outstanding Chapter by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) for the sixth consecutive year. Students received the awards and...

August 10th, 2011 Research on pig lameness could save producers $23 million a year
AMES, Iowa — Understanding and solving lameness in pigs could save producers $23 million a year. Anna Johnson, an Iowa State University animal scientist, will be leading a research project to understand lameness in pigs and provide solutions to...

August 8th, 2011 Iowa Learning Farms and ISU Extension to host field day Aug. 25
AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms and ISU Extension are hosting a field day at the Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Farm, near Ames, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The field day...

August 3rd, 2011 Report: Agriculture and Agricultural Sciences Key to U.S. Economic Growth
AMES, Iowa —A new report makes the case that agriculture and agricultural sciences are poised to drive economic growth and job creation to new heights — with the essential research and extension support of land-grant universities like Iowa State...

July 21st, 2011 Tractor Rebuilt by Iowa State Students to be Sold at Auction
AMES, Iowa — Not everyone can see a torn-apart tractor lost among the bushes as a treasure. But to the Iowa State University Antique Tractor Club, that is just what members look for. This past school year, the club of about 20 members took on the...

July 19th, 2011 Iowa State Assistant Professor Honored by International Agriculture Teaching Association
AMES, Iowa — Thomas Paulsen received a Graduate Student Teaching Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) at the association's annual conference June 14-18. Paulsen, an assistant professor of agricultural...

July 14th, 2011 Demonstration Garden Field Days Begin July 26 at Iowa State Research Farms
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms will host gardeners looking for planting ideas at field days beginning July 26. "This year's Home Demonstration Garden Field Days are devoted to children and cats,"...

June 30th, 2011 Iowa State Professor to Head Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department
AMES, Iowa — Steve Mickelson, professor in the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), will become the next chair of the department effective Aug. 1. An Iowa State alumnus who serves as director of the...

June 29th, 2011 Iowa State University Joins Sustainable Hen Housing Study
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University will team with researchers from Michigan State University, University of California, Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service to study the sustainability of laying hen-...

June 29th, 2011 Plant Care Information Offered at Horticulture Field Day July 19
AMES, Iowa — The third annual Iowa State University All Horticulture Field Day July 19 has something for everyone who enjoys gardening or caring for their yards. The event will include tours of ornamental plant trials, plastic mulch demonstrations,...

June 27th, 2011 Media Advisory: Entrepreneurial Spirit Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine
AMES, Iowa - Entrepreneurial programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are featured in the latest issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Iowa State University. The alumni magazine showcases faculty, students and alumni...

June 23rd, 2011 Iowa State Animal Scientists to Study Heat Stress in Poultry
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University animal scientists are collaborating on a study of poultry genetics and management to help chickens deal with increased heat. A $4.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture and Food...

June 22nd, 2011 ISU Begins Search for Director of Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has begun a nationwide search for the next director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. ISU President Gregory Geoffroy appointed Sharron Quisenberry, ISU Vice President for Research and Economic...

June 22nd, 2011 Iowa State Part of Project to Study Feed Efficiency in Dairy Cattle
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University animal scientist is on a team of researchers that will work to improve the feed efficiency of dairy cattle. Diane Spurlock, associate professor of animal science, is one of the geneticists on the team of 16...

June 21st, 2011 Iowa State Entomologist Named DuPont Young Professor
AMES, Iowa — Aaron Gassmann, assistant professor of entomology at Iowa State University, is one of 18 scientists from around the world to receive a 2011 DuPont Young Professor Award. The DuPont Young Professor program began in 1967 to provide start-...

June 6th, 2011 Iowa State University Dairy Farm to Celebrate Dairy Month on June 17
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm will be the site for a Dairy Month celebration on June 17 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....

May 31st, 2011 Iowa State Research Farm Field Days to Begin June 15
AMES, Iowa — The latest in field-based research of crop production and management will be on display beginning June 15 at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farm field days across Iowa. Field days consist of tours of research and...

May 26th, 2011 Iowa State University Announces New Monsanto Chair in Soybean Breeding
AMES, IOWA — Iowa State University announced today that a gift from Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) will establish a new faculty chair in soybean breeding within the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In addition to supporting...

May 18th, 2011 Iowa State Animal Scientist Leads Research on Swine Heat Stress
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University animal scientist is leading a research project to understand the physiological impacts of heat stress on pigs. "The primary objectives are to evaluate why and how heat stress reduces swine productivity,...

May 18th, 2011 Students Participate in United Nations Sustainable Development Sessions
AMES, Iowa — The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) met in New York City during the first two weeks of May with four students attending from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Sam Bird, a...

May 9th, 2011 Iowa State to Lead Alternative Hen-housing Study
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers will join with University of California-Davis scientists to investigate alternative egg production systems to help improve animal welfare and other practices. The two-year, $700,000 research project is...

April 29th, 2011 Amy Peyton Named ISU's Inaugural Recipient of Jim and Connie Mohn Study Abroad Scholarship
AMES, Iowa — Amy Peyton has been named the first recipient of the Jim and Connie Mohn Scholarship at Iowa State University. Peyton is a senior with a triple major in agricultural business, economics and public service and administration in...

April 26th, 2011 Iowa State Students Place First in National Agriculture Contest
AMES, Iowa — A team of Iowa State University students finished first and second in North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contests held in Modesto, Calif. April 14-16. The students won the Ag Knowledge Bowl and placed second...

April 19th, 2011 National Agri-Marketing Association Honors Iowa State Student Chapter, President
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, Mo. The chapter won the award for...

April 15th, 2011 Iowa State Faculty Part of Feed Efficiency Study of Beef Cattle
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University animal scientists are on a team of researchers and extension specialists focusing on nutrition and genetics to improve cattle feeding efficiency. The University of Missouri is leading the study, which is funded by...

April 14th, 2011 New Pest Monitoring Website by Iowa State University Simplifies Management of Crop Pests
AMES, Iowa — Timely management of crop pests is essential for growers to minimize crop damage and ensure maximum yield potential. But with larger farms and unpredictable pest migrations, monitoring fields for insects and other crop pests is easier...

April 14th, 2011 Iowa State Invites High School Student Teams to Register for New Crop Scouting Competition Taking Place This Summer
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Corn and Soybean Initiative seeks team applicants and adult leaders for a new program designed to give high school students a taste of what it takes to be a modern farmer. The 2011 Iowa Crop Scouting...

April 13th, 2011 FarmHouse Fraternity at Iowa State Named Chapter of Distinction
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity has received the North American Interfraternity Conference Chapter Award of Distinction. The award was presented at the conference's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on...

April 8th, 2011 Company Licenses Novel Biotech Method Co-developed at Iowa State University and University of Minnesota
AMES, Iowa — An improved molecular tool for precisely modifying DNA in living cells could allow researchers to better introduce genes for disease resistance in crops or develop safer gene therapies to treat human diseases. Technology co-developed by...

March 31st, 2011 Egg Industry Center Hosts Issues Forum April 7
AMES, Iowa — Food safety, animal welfare, hen housing and environmental quality will be the focus of the third annual egg industry issues forum hosted by Iowa State University's Egg Industry Center. "The goal of the forum is to update or...

March 31st, 2011 Iowa State Student Teams Place High at National Agriculture Conference
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University students competing at the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization Conference earned second- and third-place finishes in career-oriented contests. One of two Iowa State teams competing in College...

March 29th, 2011 Iowa State Plant Pathologist to Coordinate Extension Component of Multi-state Soybean Project
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is part of a team that was awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) grant to create new disease management technologies to improve the sustainability of...

March 21st, 2011 Iowa State University Professor Reappointed to USDA Air Quality Task Force
AMES, Iowa — Hongwei Xin, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University, has been reappointed to a two-year term on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Air...

March 14th, 2011 James Borel to Present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University April 6
AMES, Iowa — James Borel, executive vice president of DuPont, will present the 2011 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture April 6 at Iowa State University. Borel will present "How Agricultural Innovation and...

March 10th, 2011 AgDiscovery Program Seeks Teens for Summer Learning Experience
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invite youth interested in studying animals to apply for the AgDiscovery program. APHIS is partnering with 13...

March 7th, 2011 U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Offers "Hogs, Pigs and Pork" Resource Library Via eXtension
AMES, Iowa — Looking for a reliable place to find all information related to pigs, pork and hog production? The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence (USPCE) has a solution. It supplies the content for the "Hogs, Pigs and Pork" Community of...

March 4th, 2011 Interim Director to Change at Iowa State's Leopold Center
AMES, Iowa — Lois Wright Morton is stepping down as interim director of Iowa State University's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to lead a regional research project on climate and agriculture. On a short-term basis, Mark Honeyman, a...

February 28th, 2011 Training Scheduled to Meet New Requirement to Sell Morel Mushrooms
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has scheduled a series of certification workshops in April for people who want to sell morel mushrooms. "The aim of the workshops is to help assure that misidentified mushrooms are not sold as morels. People...

February 24th, 2011 Harrisvaccines receives entrepreneurial award
AMES, Iowa — Harrisvaccines Inc. received the Tibbetts award from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for its technological innovation, entrepreneurship and economic impact. "This award represents the culmination of an effort we began six...

February 22nd, 2011 Business Incubator Program Supports Undergrad Entrepreneurs
AMES, Iowa — Undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have a unique opportunity to develop their business ideas through the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiatives' Student Incubator. The new program gives...

February 18th, 2011 Iowa State wins $20 million grant to research impacts of climate on corn-based cropping systems
AMES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) has awarded a $20 million grant to Iowa State University for regional research on keeping Midwest cornfields resilient in the face of...

February 14th, 2011 Student Team Wins Ninth Turf Bowl Title in 10 Years
AMES, Iowa — A Iowa State University Turf Club student team won first place at the 2011 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition at the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Education Conference on Feb. 10 in Orlando. This is the ninth...

February 14th, 2011 Iowa State Professor Presented Aquatic Science Award
AMES, Iowa — John Downing, a professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology at Iowa State University, was honored today by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Downing was presented the society's Ruth Patrick Award...

February 11th, 2011 Iowa State University Earns Accreditation Status with Professional Landcare Network
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has recently earned accreditation status with the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). PLANET's accreditation program is driven by the needs of the landscape industry. It provides local and national...

February 8th, 2011 Leopold Center's Pirog Accepts New Position at Michigan State
AMES, Iowa — Rich Pirog, associate director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, has accepted a position at Michigan State University. Pirog will become senior associate director of the Center for Sustainable...

February 8th, 2011 ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and 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. 7. Award winners include: Lee Kilmer, Iowa State professor of animal science,...

January 31st, 2011 Iowa State's Spring Ag Career Day Rescheduled for Feb. 3
AMES, Iowa — The spring Ag Career Day has been rescheduled due to the expected winter storm. The event, which was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2, will instead take place Thursday, Feb. 3, at the same time and place: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the...

January 19th, 2011 Iowa State University's Spring Ag Career Day Set for Feb. 2
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of Ag Career Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus. The job fair is open to Iowa State students, alumni and the general public. Mike Gaul, director...

January 6th, 2011 Freshwater Methane Release Changes Greenhouse Gas Equation
AMES, Iowa — An international team of scientists has released data indicating that greenhouse gas uptake by continents is less than previously thought because of methane emissions from freshwater areas. John Downing, an Iowa State University...