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Broiler research points to lasers as environmental enrichment devices

November 30th, 2022
Immature broiler chickens at feeder
AMES, Iowa — Motivating broiler chickens to move using specially designed lasers can boost animal welfare and improve meat quality. Research from Iowa State University shows periodically projecting randomly moving, dot-sized laser lights on the...

Iowa State University holds dedication ceremony for vehicle testing lab supported by Danfoss Power Solutions

November 21st, 2022
Line of people behind red ribbon with large farm vehicle in the background.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering hosted a dedication ceremony on Nov. 17, 2022, to celebrate the completion of a new research lab that is one of only a few facilities in...

Turkeys placed at Iowa State teaching, research farm

November 14th, 2022
A group of young turkeys
AMES, Iowa – A total of 1,800 poults (young turkeys) were placed inside the new Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching...

Acker to reimagine food, ag sectors in Greece as Fulbright Specialist

November 4th, 2022
David Acker
AMES, Iowa – David Acker, associate dean for global engagement and director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has...

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, friends to be honored with 2022 awards

October 31st, 2022
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni, Friends Award Honorees
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa State University Alumni Association will present awards to several CALS alumni and friends at the 91st annual Honors & Awards Ceremony on Nov. 4....

Plant scientist prepares emerging researchers for success in the lab and beyond

October 26th, 2022
Group of eight students in lab of Dior Kelley in front of landscape painting
AMES, Iowa – Mentoring young scientists is a career priority for Dior Kelley, assistant professor of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State University. “I always like to have...

New study led by Iowa State University mines blood cell data to improve swine health

October 18th, 2022
baby pigs
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University scientists are leading a new study to mine the intricate content of pigs’ blood cells to improve selection for disease resilience. “We’re looking for new, more effective ways to measure and predict different...

Inaugural recipient of Harl Opportunity Scholarship aspires to become biomedical researcher

October 13th, 2022
Elliana Fahey
AMES, Iowa – The broad range of research opportunities available to undergraduate students at Iowa State University is what drew Elliana Fahey to Ames. Fahey, a freshman in genetics from Belle Plaine, Minnesota, was selected earlier this year...

Iowa Soybean Research Center funds new research at Iowa State University

October 12th, 2022
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Research Center (ISRC) has awarded $300,000 in support of two soybean research projects at Iowa State University, reaching a $2 million milestone in soybean research funding by the center. The ISRC’s Industry...

Iowa State University consortium partners with industry to solve intractable waste problems

October 11th, 2022
AMES, Iowa — The Polymer and Food Protection Consortium at Iowa State University works with some of the largest companies in Iowa and around the world to help make their products safer and more...

Research helps develop remote sensing as tool to assess conservation implementation

October 6th, 2022
Map of Iowa shows estimated crop residue cover from 2011-2021 from remote sensing data.
AMES, Iowa — Being able to measure residue cover from satellite imagery is a long-term challenge that’s still a work in progress, but researchers are making headway. Improving remote sensing protocols for conservation tracking and planning has...

Major USDA grant supports pioneering agricultural genome to phenome collaboration led by Iowa State University

September 28th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced today it is awarding more than $1.8 million to support the work of the...

Stutsman named Emerging Iowa Leader by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

September 27th, 2022
CALS Dean Daniel J. Robison standing next to Katie Stutsman
AMES, Iowa – Katie Stutsman, of West Des Moines, has been named the 2022 Emerging Iowa Leader Award honoree by Iowa State University’s...

Monarch Conservation Effort Report highlights Iowans' hard work

September 27th, 2022
Field with native plants growing, including milkweed .
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa has been steadily adding new habitat for monarch butterflies over the past couple of years. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium recently released its...

Leopold Center selects farmer, educator Mark Quee for Spencer Award

September 23rd, 2022
Mark Quee standing in front of Scattergood school farm and gardens.
AMES, Iowa – Mark Quee, a farmer and educator from West Branch, has been selected as the 2022 winner of the Spencer Award, presented by the Leopold Center for...

Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day set for Oct. 11

September 22nd, 2022
Students and employers interacting at a career day event
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is excited to host its annual, on-campus career day on Oct. 11. The in-person event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Center, 518 Beach Road...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center announces funding for new water quality projects

September 15th, 2022
INRC logo
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of just over $1.4 million to support a dozen new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2022-2023. “This year, INRC celebrates its first...

Alston lecture to highlight historical Black farming organization

September 13th, 2022
AMES, Iowa – Antoine Alston, professor and associate dean for academic studies at North Carolina A&T State University, will present a lecture based on his new book on Sept. 27 at Iowa State University. Alston’s lecture, “A Legacy of...

Students encouraged to submit poster abstracts for Borlaug poster competition

September 6th, 2022
Male student talking to a female professor about his research poster.
Poster abstracts are now being accepted for the 19th Annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. The competition and display of posters will take place Monday, Oct. 17, in the Memorial Union at...

Undergraduate biochemists gain unique opportunities through new summer research program

August 31st, 2022
Young researcher in lab coat with older scientist in lab, looking at microscopic samples slides.
AMES, IA -- A new summer program for promising young Iowa State University researchers will celebrate its first year with a showcase Thursday, Sept. 8, during which students will present their work and findings to mentors, peers and proud parents...

Shea to present Deal Lecture at Iowa State Sept. 28

August 30th, 2022
Ernie Shea
AMES, Iowa – Ernie Shea, president of Solutions from the Land, a not-for-profit organization based in Lutherville, Maryland, will present the 2022 ...

Lawrence-Dill joins Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research board of directors

August 26th, 2022
Portrait of Carolyn Lawrence-Dill standing with arms folded
AMES, Iowa – The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) has announced that Carolyn Lawrence-Dill has joined its board of directors. FFAR is a national organization focused on building public-private partnerships to fund bold...

Case IH donates field cultivator to Iowa State University

August 22nd, 2022
Case IH tractor pulling a Tiger Mate field cultivator through a former corn field in the spring.
AMES, Iowa – Does putting in the time and effort in the spring to change out old sweeps on field cultivators for new ones lead to increased yields in the fall? Thanks to support from Case IH, researchers at Iowa State University are working on a...

Researchers show weather variability impedes ability to assess trends in Iowa’s water quality

August 17th, 2022
Map of Iowa with major watersheds outlined and monitoring sites indicated with yellow dots.
AMES, Iowa – When can we expect to see reduced levels of nutrients in our water if we make positive changes on the landscape? New Iowa State University research shows how complicated it is to give a sound answer to that question. The research...

Virtual reality could boost poultry health, say Iowa State University researchers

August 9th, 2022
Scene of hens in pen with virtual reality screens showing on pen walls.
AMES, Iowa — Watching videos may boost hens’ welfare and health, according to researchers at Iowa State University.   Using virtual reality technology, the scientists simulated a free-range environment in laying hen housing. They found that...