AMES, Iowa –Registration is open for the upcoming conference titled “Anaerobic Digestion on the Farm – Optimizing Environmental and Economic Outcomes for Rural Communities and Beyond,” Nov. 6-8, 2023, at Iowa State University in Ames. Early-bird rates are available through Oct. 6. The conference will be hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering has introduced a new option in their industrial technology major, preparing students for the expanding field of biological and biomanufacturing systems.
AMES, Iowa – Sorghum is a productive and versatile annual crop used worldwide for livestock feed. Until now, the plant, which originated in the tropics, has done best in warmer regions with longer growing seasons than the Upper Midwest.
Regan Kramer, junior in agricultural studies and international agriculture, spent her summer interning on a New Zealand dairy farm owned by Chad and Jan Winke. Of particular use during Kramer’s internship were the lessons learned in the dairy cattle science class she took at Iowa State.
A one-day conference, PFAS: Impact on the Planet and Solutions for the Packaging Industry, will be held Nov. 2, in Madison, Wisconsin. Co-sponsors include the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium at Iowa State University, the Green Bay Innovation Group and the Grainger Institute for Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jenna Errthum, senior in horticulture, global resource systems and Spanish, and Cooper Hess, senior in biology with a minor in global health, are the recipients of this year’s Roger Grundmeier Innovation and Leadership Award, offered to students in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their demonstration of “going above and beyond in their efforts to collaborate and innovate” during their college career.
An Iowa State University-led group will lead training for a process to measure and monitor soil carbon stocks as part of a new national program meant to provide a basis for financial assistance to farmers and landowners who adopt climate-smart conservation practices. The “Know Your Carbon Landscape” project will also gather data to support carbon-related research and education at demonstration sites in the Midwest that are part of a Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) network coordinated by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.
Poster abstracts are now being accepted for the 20th Annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. The competition and display of posters will take place Monday, Oct. 23, in the Memorial Union at Iowa State University, prior to the Norman Borlaug Lecture featuring 2023 World Food Prize Laureate Heidi Kühn.
The impacts of obesity and heat stress on reproductive health will be the focus of a study at Iowa State University funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. It will also investigate impacts from the compound known as DMBA a member of a chemical class found in smoke from wildfires and other types of burning organic matter, including cigarette and second-hand smoke. The project will be led by Aileen Keating, professor of animal science and director of the Interdepartmental Toxicology Program at Iowa State and will also support training for two early career scientists.
Martha Smith (’04 agricultural business, international agriculture) was presented Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2023 Emerging Iowa Leader Award at the annual CALS BBQ on Sept. 2. This honor is given to individuals 40 years of age or younger who live or work in Iowa and demonstrate high potential for future professional growth.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Ag 450 Farm at Iowa State University. To celebrate, Iowa State students, alumni and friends of the farm are invited to join the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies at the Ag 450 Farm, 52097 260th St., Ames, on Sept. 23, from 8-11 a.m. Tours of the farm will be offered, as well as light breakfast.
Professor and plant breeder Asheesh K. (Danny) Singh has been named to the George Sprague Professorship in Agronomy by the Department of Agronomy in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. An investigator on more than 70 competitive research grants, Singh is best known for his expertise in soybean breeding and using artificial intelligence for crop breeding.
As proof of the synergetic connection between Iowa State University and The Busoga Kingdom of Uganda, a memorandum of cooperation and understanding was signed on Aug. 17 to formalize cooperation and collaboration to benefit both institutions.