News Releases 2012

November 30th, 2012 Researcher Works to Improve Economics of Feed Costs
AMES, Iowa -- Helping livestock producers cope with higher feed costs is a top priority for Iowa State University researcher Kurt Rosentrater in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering....

November 27th, 2012 Media Advisory: Life Sciences Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine
AMES, Iowa -- Developing chemicals with biomass, DNA engineering and cleaning up Iowa's lakes are among the life science research featured in the latest issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Iowa State University. The alumni...

November 15th, 2012 Duffy Honored by American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
Ames - Iowa State University economist Mike Duffy was recently honored for his service to agriculture by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA). The Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agriculture Award was...

November 14th, 2012 ISU, Iowa Soybean Association on National Team Honored for Excellence in Research Collaboration on Soybean Rust
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University and the Iowa Soybean Association were members of a research team that received a national award for excellence in multistate research for its response to an emerging threat to the nation's soybean growers. The...

November 14th, 2012 International Study Reinforces Pig's Importance to Human Health Research
AMES, Iowa -- The first complete sequence of the pig genome by a team of researchers including Iowa State University animal scientists has provided a genetic comparison of the domesticated pig and its wild cousins and offers clues to how the animal...

November 14th, 2012 National Teaching Award Given to ISU Professor of Agricultural Education and Studies
AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University faculty member has received national recognition for teaching excellence and engaging and preparing students for the future. Michael Retallick, an associate professor of agricultural education and studies,...

November 7th, 2012 New Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Faculty Member to Work with Livestock Producers
AMES, Iowa -- A new faculty member in Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is researching and working with livestock producers on manure management and water...

November 1st, 2012 Food Safety and Grain Quality Researcher New Iowa State University Professor
AMES, Iowa -- A researcher in food safety and grain quality has joined Iowa State University in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering . Gretchen Mosher, assistant professor of...

October 22nd, 2012 USDA scientist at Iowa State part of team that brings barley into the genomics age
AMES, Iowa -- A USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist at Iowa State University is part of an international research effort that has resulted in an integrated physical, genetic and functional sequence assembly of the barley genome. The...

October 19th, 2012 Father and Son Part of Record Breaking Enrollment Class -- 35 Years Apart
AMES, Iowa -- Kevin Lauver, who was an Iowa State University freshman in 1977, shares something in common with his son, Jacob, who is a freshman in agricultural studies at Iowa State this fall. Both were members of freshmen classes that broke...

October 18th, 2012 Iowa State Students Gather Nutritional Data for United Nations
AMES, Iowa -- Worldwide there's a variety of animal breeds raised for food, but the nutritional differences of those meats has never been documented -- until now. Students from Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life...

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October 10th, 2012 University of Maryland Ecologist to Speak at Pesek Colloquium
AMES, Iowa — Agriculture’s place in Earth’s ecology will be the focus of the 2012 Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture Oct. 29 at Iowa State University. Erle Ellis, an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental...

October 5th, 2012 Iowa State Fair Butter Sculptor to Sculpt Life-Size Butter Cy for ISU Homecoming
AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has commissioned the Iowa State Fair's butter cow sculptor to create a life-size butter Cy to celebrate the university's 100th Homecoming "CYtennial," Oct. 22-27....

September 26th, 2012 Iowa State University Job Fair Set to Break Recruiter Record
AMES, Iowa -- The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University expects to hold its largest job fair Oct. 16. "Probably close to 200 organizations will be in attendance, compared with 175 last year," said Mike Gaul, director of...

September 20th, 2012 Iowa State University Researcher Seeks to Understand DNA Repair
AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University scientist is studying the process organisms use to repair DNA damage, opening up implications for human health and cancer research. Everything that has DNA needs a way to repair it from a variety of assaults,...

September 6th, 2012 ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Reaches Record Enrollment
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences undergraduate enrollment has reached record numbers. At 3,900 this fall's enrollment surpassed record enrollment set in 1977, when enrollment totaled 3,623. The number of...

September 5th, 2012 Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development Provides Research Grant to Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University in collaboration with Anemometry Specialists Inc. will develop a new measurement platform for offshore wind energy through a grant from the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND). Eugene...

September 5th, 2012 Iowa State University Professors Presented Awards for Applied Research
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University professors Helen Jensen and Nick Christians were presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research Sept. 4 by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jensen, a professor of...

September 4th, 2012 Jim Farrell to Present Deal Lecture at Iowa State Sept. 20
AMES, Iowa -- Jim Farrell, president and CEO of Farmers National Company, will present the 2012 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Sept. 20 at Iowa State University. He will present "The Changing Role of Leaders in a Bullish Farmland Market...

September 4th, 2012 Farm Credit Services of America Gives $200,000 for New ISU Agriculture Student Learning Center
AMES, Iowa -- Farm Credit Services of America has provided a $200,000 gift to help establish the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University. "We are extremely grateful to the Farm Credit Services of America,"...

August 31st, 2012 Groundbreaking for ISU's Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on Sept. 1
AMES, Iowa -- A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Sept. 1 for the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University. The event is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' alumni barbecue prior to the...

August 30th, 2012 Iowa State University Economics Department Members Presented Awards at Professional Meeting
AMES, Iowa -- The Department of Economics at Iowa State University was honored with several awards by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Awardees included: * Professor Helen Jensen...

August 29th, 2012 Monsanto Student Services Wing Dedicated in ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
AMES, Iowa -- The Monsanto Student Services Wing has been dedicated in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. A dedication ceremony was held today (Aug. 29) in Curtiss Hall. Located on the ground floor, the Monsanto...

August 22nd, 2012 Owner of Iowa's Only Grass Tennis Court to Speak at Iowa State Aug. 29 about Wimbledon Internship
AMES, Iowa -- Mark Kuhn, a farmer and Iowa State University alum, will share his recent experience as a Wimbledon intern in a presentation on campus on Aug. 29. Kuhn, of Charles City, is the owner and caretaker of Iowa's only grass tennis court....

August 22nd, 2012 ISU Ag Business Club Named Top Club in U.S. for Seventh Straight Year
AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club won two major awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) conference in Seattle earlier this month. The club was named National Outstanding Chapter for the...

August 21st, 2012 'Off the Charts' Placement Numbers Make Ag Business a Bankable Major for ISU Grads
AMES, Iowa - In one of the toughest job markets for recent college graduates, a 100% placement rate is unusual for any major. But those are the job placement numbers for Iowa State University's agricultural business major spring 2012 graduates. The...

August 14th, 2012 MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State University Licenses Technology on How Nematodes Attack Plants
The Iowa State University Research Foundation and an agricultural biotechnology company have signed a license agreement to develop nematode-resistant plants. The agreement is based on Iowa State University's breakthrough research in deciphering how...

August 13th, 2012 ISU Scientists' Research on Water Quality Receives Prestigious Award
AMES, Iowa -- The Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis will be awarded to Iowa State University faculty members for their work on water quality preservation and restoration at the Agriculture and Applied Economics Association (...

August 6th, 2012 Feed Energy Names Two ISU Students Excellence in Ag Scholars
AMES, Iowa -- Feed Energy of Des Moines has named two Iowa State University students as scholarship recipients in its 2012 Excellence in Ag Scholarship Program. Bethany Olson and Colin Hurd will each receive a $2,500 scholarship from Feed Energy for...

August 3rd, 2012 Iowa State University Workshops to Promote Development of Biopolymers, Biocomposites and Plastics
AMES, Iowa -- This month Iowa State University hosts three workshops to bring together researchers and companies in the plastics and bioplastics industry. "The workshops focused on bioplastics will have speakers and attendees from around the world,...

August 3rd, 2012 Horticulture Professor to Present on North America's Agricultural Origins
AMES, Iowa -- A Purdue University horticulture professor will offer a glimpse of 16th century North American agriculture in a presentation on Aug. 14 at Iowa State University. Jules Janick, the James Troop distinguished professor of horticulture,...

July 25th, 2012 Two Iowa State University Research Farms Have New Superintendents
AMES, Iowa -- New superintendents take over today at two Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms. Myron Rees has been promoted to superintendent of the Southeast Research Farm near...

July 24th, 2012 Iowa State Researcher Studies Interaction of Genes and Environment
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University researcher Amy Toth finds the social interactions of the wasps she studies remarkably similar to those of humans. "In terms of social behavior, they're the most human-like insects," she said. "They live in small...

July 23rd, 2012 Iowa State University Associate Professors Presented Teaching Awards
AMES, Iowa -- The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) last month honored two Iowa State University faculty members for their teaching ability. Curt Youngs, an associate professor of ...

July 12th, 2012 Iowa State University Professor Honored by Chinese University
AMES, Iowa -- John Downing, Iowa State University professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology and agricultural and biosystems engineering, was presented an honorary chair and professorship by China's Nanchang University. The chair is...

July 10th, 2012 Iowa State Scientists Discover How Nematodes Attacks Plants
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University plant pathologists have made a breakthrough in deciphering how plant-parasitic microscopic roundworms called cyst nematodes infect plants, like soybeans. "Cyst nematodes have learned to communicate with plant...

July 9th, 2012 Media Advisory: Student Experience Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine
AMES, Iowa -- The multifaceted student experience in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is featured in the latest issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Iowa State University. The alumni magazine showcases faculty, students...

June 19th, 2012 Workshop Helps Instructors Teach About Energy and Agriculture
AMES, Iowa — Teachers from around the country learned about renewable energy relating to agriculture last week at a workshop at Iowa State University. "The production and use of energy is one of the most rapidly changing technology areas in the...

June 11th, 2012 Iowa State Researchers Explore Possible Causes of Honeybee Disappearance
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is taking a team approach in studying what is behind the disappearance of honeybees known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." Amy Toth, assistant professor in Iowa State's ecology, evolution and...

June 6th, 2012 ISU-Led Project on Climate and Corn Cropping Systems Begins Second Year of Research
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University-led regional project has begun its second year of research examining long-term impacts of climate on Midwestern corn crops. "The Midwest's rich natural resources make it one of the most productive...

June 6th, 2012 Iowa State Research Farm Field Days Begin with Anniversary Celebration June 21
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farm field days begin June 21 with a 25th anniversary celebration at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville. The farm was founded in 1987 by a group of...

May 23rd, 2012 ISU Dairy Farm to Celebrate Dairy Month June 8
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm will celebrate Dairy Month on June 8 from 6 to 11 a.m. The event is open to the public and will include tours of the barns from 6:30 — 10:30 a.m. The discovery center for children will open at 7 a.m...

May 14th, 2012 Iowa Pork Producers Association Increases Support for ISU Agriculture Student Learning Center
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) has increased its support for a new student learning facility at Iowa State University. The association's $400,000 gift commitment — half announced last fall and the other half approved by...

May 4th, 2012 USDA Awards Grant to Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
AMES, Iowa — The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University has received a $768,000 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support the center's work in policy analysis. The grant will...

May 1st, 2012 Iowa State Graduates First Class of Global Resource Systems Students
AMES, Iowa — Students in Iowa State University's Global Resource Systems program have provided input at United Nations conferences, given aid to refugees in Iowa and studied around the world with one objective — becoming globally engaged...

April 25th, 2012 Iowa State NAMA Chapter Wins National Agri-Marketing Competition
AMES, Iowa ­— The Iowa State National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) chapter won first place in the association's Student Marketing Team Competition, held in conjunction with the association's annual conference and trade show April 17-...

April 24th, 2012 Iowa State University to Host World Food Prize's First Iowa Youth Institute
AMES, Iowa — More than 130 Iowa high school students will visit Iowa State University April 30 to learn more about world hunger as part of the first World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute. "We are grateful that Iowa State University has...

April 23rd, 2012 ISU Fills Faculty Position in Economics of Cooperatives
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University faculty member will fill a research and extension position focused on the economics of cooperatives and working with Iowa cooperatives to address emerging issues. Keri Jacobs, an assistant professor of economics...

April 18th, 2012 Awards Presented by Iowa State University Agriculture Honor Society
AMES, Iowa — Awards were presented April 12 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students by the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta. Deborah Diersen-Schade...

April 11th, 2012 Freezes Damage Vulnerable Fruit Crops Say Iowa State Horticulturists
AMES, Iowa — The second night of cold temperatures across Iowa took a toll mostly on fruit crops, Iowa State University horticulture experts reported. Ajay Nair, extension vegetable specialist, noticed damage to fruit blossoms at the Horticulture...

April 11th, 2012 Agricultural Specialists Added to Expand ISU FARM Research Project
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms and ISU Extension have hired two agricultural specialists to expand the ISU Farmer Assisted Research and Management, or ISU FARM, project. Micah Smidt and Zachary Koopman will work...

April 4th, 2012 Plant Pathology Graduates Create Research Endowment at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University alumni Esmail and Mary Zirakparvar have funded a research endowment in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State. The Zirakparvar Research...

March 29th, 2012 ISU Study Finds River Recreation Generates Jobs, $824 Million In Sales For Iowa Communities
AMES — Many of Iowa's river towns are again embracing their waterfronts, and with good reason, according to a new statewide river use study by Iowa State University. The ISU study showed overall economic impact from river recreation along 73...

March 28th, 2012 Iowa State University Workshop to Promote Development of Biopolymers and Biocomposites
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University will host a Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop Aug. 14 to bring together researchers and industry representatives interested in developing products made from biomass. The workshop is aimed at providing...

March 26th, 2012 Sauer-Danfoss Donates Equipment to Iowa State University Student Lab
AMES, Iowa — Sauer-Danfoss Inc. of Ames has donated advanced hydraulic and electronics equipment to Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering to enhance hands-on training of students. "We appreciate...

March 21st, 2012 Jeff and Deb Hansen Pledge $2 Million to ISU Agriculture Student Learning Center
AMES, Iowa — A $2 million pledge from the owners and founders of Iowa Select Farms is the key step needed for construction to proceed on a new learning center for students at Iowa State University. Jeff and Deb Hansen pledged $2 million to the...

March 20th, 2012 Jodi Sterle Named Second Recipient of Harman Professorship
AMES, Iowa — Jodi Sterle has been named the second recipient of the Eldred and Donna Harman Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Iowa State University's Department of Animal Science. The endowed position was established by...

March 6th, 2012 Iowa State University Student Team Repeats Turf Bowl Title
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University Turf Club student team won the 2012 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition last week at the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Education Conference. It was the 12th time over the past...

March 1st, 2012 U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Updates National Swine Nutrition Guide Software
AMES, Iowa — The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence (USPCE) has updated its National Swine Nutrition Guide (NSNG) Diet Formulation and Evaluation software with an expanded feed Library, nutrient excretion module, user's guide and metric version....

March 1st, 2012 ISU Dairy Extension Team Receives College Team Award
The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Team Award was presented to the Iowa State University Dairy Extension Team. The Team develops plans and educational events to address issues in dairy production and herd management...

February 22nd, 2012 Joe Taets to Present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University March 5
AMES, Iowa — Joe Taets, senior vice president and president of the Agricultural Services business unit at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world's largest agribusinesses, will present the 2012 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on...

February 21st, 2012 ISU's Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative Launches Program to Connect Businesses and Top Students
AMES, Iowa — The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative at Iowa State University has created a program offering businesses access to exclusive workshops, strategic leadership roundtables and interaction with top College of Agriculture and Life...

February 17th, 2012 ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Present Awards to 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 convocation on Feb. 16. Award winners include: Matthew Darr, an assistant professor in agricultural and...

February 16th, 2012 Animal Industry Report Released by Iowa State Animal Science Department
AMES, Iowa — An annual report of research related to animal agriculture at Iowa State University is available online. The animal science department has included the research projects completed in 2011 for beef, dairy, horses, poultry, sheep, swine...

January 25th, 2012 No Limits to the Value of an Agriculture Degree
(Editor's note: The following article, written by four Midwestern deans of agriculture, addresses a recent Yahoo Education article, "College Majors that are Useless.") By Jay T. Akridge Glenn W. Sample Dean, College of Agriculture,...

January 18th, 2012 Iowa State University's Spring Ag Career Day Set for Feb. 1
AMES, Iowa — About 100 employers are expected to recruit students Feb. 1 at the Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences spring career fair. "We are seeing companies and organizations that were not at our fall event...

January 13th, 2012 Krog Named Entrepreneur-In-Residence At ISU's Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative
AMES, Iowa — David Krog, co-founder of E-Markets and former CEO of AgraGate Climate Credits Corp., has been named the inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Agricultural...

January 5th, 2012 ISU Names Microbiologist to Direct Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
AMES, Iowa — A microbiologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been named the next director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Mark Rasmussen, supervisory microbiologist and director of the...