News Releases 2014

September 2nd, 2014 Dedication Held for ISU's Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
AMES, Iowa — More than 300 people attended the dedication program for the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on Aug. 29. “The Jeff and Deb Hansen...

August 28th, 2014 Awards for Applied Research Presented to Iowa State University Faculty and Staff Members
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented research awards Aug. 28 to a professor of economics and an extension agricultural engineer....

August 28th, 2014 ISU Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Awarded Grant for Lakes Survey
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) was awarded a $130,750 grant by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to renew a study that helped shed...

August 28th, 2014 Ag Business Wins Outstanding Club for Eighth Time
AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club won two major awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) conference in Minneapolis in July. The club was named National Outstanding Chapter for the...

August 22nd, 2014 Partnership Creates Plant Science App for Teachers, Students
AMES, Iowa – A new app will give high school agri-science teachers a tool for teaching biotechnology to their students. “The Journey of a Gene” is the product of a partnership between Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln...

August 19th, 2014 Iowa State Research and Demonstration Farm Late-summer Field Days Begin Aug. 26
AMES, Iowa — A variety of crop-related topics including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture, cover crops, troublesome weeds, crop diseases, pasture management, corn stalk use and soil fertility will be covered at late-summer field...

August 14th, 2014 Harmon Named Interim Director of ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agricultural engineer Jay Harmon has been named the interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering...

August 5th, 2014 Farmers and Scientists Discuss Creating a Climate Resilient Response in Corn Belt Crops
AMES, Iowa - What can be done to help farmers address risks associated with highly variable and unpredictable weather and long term changing climate conditions? How can the sustainability and resilience of corn-based cropping systems be increased...

July 23rd, 2014 Biofilter Conference to Present Latest Odor Mitigation Technologies
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University will host a conference Aug. 20 covering the latest biofilter technologies that can be used to reduce odors from animal-feeding operations. “Biofilters can be an effective means to reduce odor and other gas...

July 21st, 2014 Aug. 11 Field Day to Provide Information for Produce Growers
AMES, Iowa — The 2014 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day Aug. 11 will cover topics for fruit and vegetable farmers at Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station. "The field day is geared toward commercial production, but the event also...

July 11th, 2014 New Federal Collaboration with 12 Land-grant Universities to Address Hypoxia in the Gulf Modeled after Iowa State University’s Work with State Agencies
AMES, Iowa — Water quality researchers and extension specialists at Iowa State University have joined with scientists at 11 other land-grant universities in the Mississippi River watershed and the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Hypoxia...

July 9th, 2014 Iowa State University Field Days Cater to Gardeners Seeking New Plants
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s Research and Demonstration Farms will kick off its series of Demonstration Home Garden Field Days July 21 in southwest Iowa. “Homeowners looking for new and...

July 8th, 2014 Iowa State Crop Production Extension Moving to an Integrated Approach
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created a new team and direction to advise farmers on corn and soybean production. “We’re moving from the more traditional model of...

July 7th, 2014 New Research Progress Reports for ISU's Iowa Nutrient Research Center Available
AMES, Iowa — Six-month progress reports now are available online for research projects funded through the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The center was established in 2013 by the Iowa Board of Regents in response to...

July 1st, 2014 Agricultural Drainage Techniques to be Presented at Iowa Drainage School
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a three-day school beginning Aug. 19 to teach how to plan, layout, and install subsurface drainage systems. “The last several wet springs have shown the need for good drainage...

June 19th, 2014 Iowa State Alumnus New Manager of Animal Science Farms
AMES, Iowa — Ben Drescher has joined Iowa State University’s Department of Animal Science as coordinator of its livestock teaching and research farms. Drescher, a native of Alden, Minnesota, earned a...

June 17th, 2014 110-year-old Corn-judging Trophy Returns Home to Odebolt
AMES, Iowa — A 110-year-old corn-judging trophy at Iowa State University has returned home to Odebolt for the town’s annual celebration, June 20 and 21. The A.E. Cook Corn Trophy was delivered this week to Odebolt to be displayed in conjunction...

June 10th, 2014 Track and Field Star Now in Race to Help Combat Livestock Diseases at ISU
AMES, Iowa – Fewer than 100 athletes have been inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Track & Field Hall of Fame since it began in 1976. One of the new 2014 inductees has traded in her track spikes for a lab coat and safety...

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June 4th, 2014 Iowa Soybean Research Center Approved by Iowa Board of Regents
Ankeny, Iowa – The Iowa Board of Regents today approved the formation of the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames. The center, a partnership between the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and ISU, will take soybean...

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June 2nd, 2014 Iowa Swine Day to Discuss Topics of Interest to Pork Producers
AMES, Iowa — The pork industry’s response to federal action phasing out some antibiotics used to promote growth in hog production will be discussed June 26 at the third annual Iowa Swine Day at Iowa State University. “Presentations at Iowa Swine...

May 30th, 2014 ISU Agriculture Dean Named to Board of Binational Ag Research Organization
AMES, Iowa — The dean of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been named to the board of directors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and
 Development Fund....

May 22nd, 2014 Iowa State University Research Farm Field Days Begin June 5
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms field days begin June 5 with a demonstration of cover crops at the Horticulture Research Station near here. “There has been a steady increase in the number of growers adopting...

May 21st, 2014 Iowa State Dairy Farm Hosts Sixth Annual Open House
AMES, Iowa — Milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt are a few of the samples that will be handed out at the Iowa State University Dairy Farm annual open house on Friday, June 6, from 6 - 11 a.m. The sixth annual open house, which is open to the...

May 20th, 2014 ISU to Work on Herbicide Resistance Strategies with USDA Research Grant
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University project on managing herbicide-resistant weeds is one of 12 grants to increase food security and improve food production announced this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food...

May 15th, 2014 Egg Industry Center Looking to Fund Research
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center (EIC) is seeking pre-proposals for egg industry-oriented research to fund through its grant award program. “The number of pre-proposals in response to the 2013 call created a highly competitive selection...

May 8th, 2014 Iowa State Crops Team Places Second
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State University Crops Team won second place in the four-year school division at the 2014 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Crops Contest held April 10-12 at Northwest Missouri State University....

May 6th, 2014 Iowa State University Faculty Contribute to National Climate Assessment
AMES, Iowa — The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3), which communicates climate change science and impacts in the United States, will be released this week with contributions from Iowa State University faculty. Lois Wright Morton,...

May 6th, 2014 Iowa State University Scientist Coauthors Natural Resources Roadmap
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor was a key author on a new national report on challenges facing natural resources. Richard Cruse, professor of agronomy and director of the Iowa Water Center at ISU, was lead author on the...

April 29th, 2014 Iowa State Chapter Places Second at National Agri-Marketing Competition
AMES, Iowa  – The Iowa State University Student National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) chapter placed second in the Student Marketing Team Competition. To compete, students develop a business plan and a professional presentation to market a...

April 14th, 2014 Iowa Swine Day June 26 to Tackle Topics of Interest to Pork Industry
AMES, Iowa — Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity will be some of the pressing topics covered June 26 at the third annual Iowa Swine Day at Iowa State University. Regional, national and international...

April 8th, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY: Agricultural Research Breakthroughs, 125th Anniversary of Experiment Station Featured in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Magazine
  AMES, Iowa – One hundred and twenty-five years of agricultural research breakthroughs by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station are celebrated in the most recent issue of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and...

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April 3rd, 2014 Iowa State University Ranked Among Top Universities in World in Agriculture and Forestry
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has been ranked fifth in the world among universities in the area of agriculture and forestry by a British organization’s annual university rankings. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings measures...

March 25th, 2014 Distillers Grains Symposium Set for May 14 and 15
AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, based at Iowa State University, will host its annual scientific meeting this May in Irving, Texas. “The symposium will provide the latest...

March 25th, 2014 Jim Blome to Present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University April 3
  AMES, Iowa — The 2014 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture will be presented by Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience, on April 3 at Iowa State University. Blome will offer his perspective on issues...

March 21st, 2014 ISU Students to Attend Norman Borlaug Statue Unveiling in Washington D.C.
AMES, Iowa – A Norman Borlaug statue will be unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on March 25 to commemorate Borlaug's legacy and celebrate his 100th birthday. Borlaug, who was born in Cresco, Iowa, dedicated his life to...

March 17th, 2014 Research Progress Outlined for ISU's Iowa Nutrient Research Center
AMES, Iowa — Progress is being made on 10 projects funded through the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The center was established in 2013 by the Iowa Board of Regents in response to legislation passed last spring by the...

March 12th, 2014 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 awards ceremony on March 12. Award winners include: Forrest Nutter, Jr. received the Outstanding...

February 25th, 2014 Iowa State Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative Hosts First Entrepreneurial Agribusiness Executive Conference
AMES, Iowa – Agribusiness executives from across the nation gathered last week for the inaugural Entrepreneurial Agribusiness Executive Conference hosted by the Iowa State Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. The conference, held Feb. 18-19...

February 21st, 2014 Open Forums Set for Animal Science Department Chair Candidates at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — Open forums are scheduled for three finalists who have applied to be the next chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Maynard Hogberg, the current department chair, announced his plans for retirement last...

February 19th, 2014 New Holland Provides Tractors to Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm
AMES, Iowa — The loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects. The BioCentury Research Farm combines biomass feedstock production,...

February 19th, 2014 Iowa State University Researchers Use New Way to Measure Nitrate in Soil
AMES, Iowa — A team of Iowa State University scientists have measured nitrate in soil with a unique infrared sensor system opening the possibility of determining the level of this vital nutrient in real time as fertilizer is being applied to...

February 6th, 2014 Schnable to Lead Iowa State’s Plant Sciences Institute
Ames, Iowa — Patrick Schnable, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named director of the Plant...

February 6th, 2014 Livestock Production Program for 4-H to be Developed
AMES, Iowa — Youth participating in 4-H are the focus of a new Iowa State University livestock education program. Amy Powell was recently hired to help develop an online curriculum to teach...

January 29th, 2014 North Central Aquaculture Conference Integrates Research with Real-world Experiences
AMES, Iowa — The 2014 North Central Aquaculture Conference will be held Feb. 22-23 in Toledo, Ohio. The conference is presented by the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and the Aquaculture Associations of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio...

January 27th, 2014 Project Seeks Cropping Systems that Profit Farmers, Provide Food and Fuel and Scrub Carbon Out of the Air
AMES, Iowa — Cropping systems that are profitable for farmers and balance societal needs for food, feed, fuel, energy and clean air and water are the focus and challenge of Iowa State University’s Landscape Biomass Project. “My dad always said...

January 21st, 2014 ISU Researchers Sequence Genome of a Soybean Fungus Responsible for Sudden Death Syndrome
AMES, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University have generated a draft genome sequence of Fusarium virguliforme, a pathogen that causes sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. Using this draft genome sequence, the scientists have identified...

January 21st, 2014 Iowa State University Agricultural Job Fair Set for Feb. 5
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of the Agriculture Career Day at Iowa State University offers a “second chance” for students who may have missed last fall’s record-breaking job fair. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5...

January 21st, 2014 Helmers Named to Dean’s Professorship in Agriculture and Life Sciences
AMES, Iowa — Matthew Helmers, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, has been named to the Dean's Professorship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A ceremony honoring Helmers was...

January 16th, 2014 ISU's Iowa Nutrient Research Center Launches Website
AMES, Iowa — A website for the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University provides information on research projects underway to improve nutrient management practices on Iowa farms. The...

January 15th, 2014 Iowa State Project Aims to Reduce Major Cause of Soil Erosion on Iowa Farm Fields
AMES, Iowa — Now you see them; now you don’t. Different from permanent gullies, ephemeral gullies, formed in fields by running water, are erased when a farmer tills the soil, but reappear when another significant rain event occurs. Ephemeral...

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January 10th, 2014 Corn Belt Farmer Perspectives on Climate and Agriculture Summarized in New Report
AMES, Iowa — A new report on farmer perspectives on climate and agriculture, gathered in a 2012 survey of nearly 5,000 farmers from 11 Corn Belt states, presents survey results by watershed....