Colton Poore and Erika Ibarra-Garibay
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Unexpected catch

Graduate students Colton Poore and Erika Ibarra-Garibay were practicing catching and identifying bees as part of a research project when they made an unexpected discovery.
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Marsh Madness Conservation Trailer unveiling

A new trailer named “Marsh Madness” combines sight, sound and science to engage Iowa audiences about the values of the state’s wetland ecosystems. The artfully designed trailer is the latest addition to four Conservation Stations developed and operated by Iowa Learning Farms and the Water Rocks! conservation education program. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig christened the new conservation education resource during a launch party May 27 at the Case-New Holland Training Center in Nevada, Iowa. The event also included comments from Kayla Lyon, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Daniel J. Robison, endowed dean’s chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Learn more about the trailer:

Three people standing in a wind-damaged corn field

'Derecho' meant 'teamwork' for Extension and state leaders

In a matter of minutes last August, farmers across Iowa experienced one of the most widespread and devastating storms ever recorded in the Corn Belt. Millions of acres of corn were damaged with some fields completely flattened and others barely harvestable. See how Agriculture and Natural Resources experts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provided guidance to farmers and landowners in the weeks and months after the derecho.

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Matthew Hufford standing in a corn field

Corn's genetic diversity displayed in new genome study

The newly assembled genomes of 26 different genetic lines of corn illustrate the crop’s rich genetic diversity and could pave the way for a better understanding of what genetic mechanisms account for crop traits prized by farmers. Matthew Hufford, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, said the genomes will help scientists piece together the puzzle of corn genetics.