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CALS Students Selected as 2020 Cargill Global Scholars

July 7th, 2020
AMES, Iowa ­– Iowa State University students Rebecca Johnson and Lien Tran have been selected as the 2020 Cargill Global Scholars. The prestigious Cargill Global Scholars Program is an international scholarship program that began in 2013 and...

Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report Shows Record Conservation Engagement by Iowans

July 1st, 2020
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy 2018-19 Annual Report Cover
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2018-2019 Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) annual report was released today by Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship...

Economic Analysis Shows How ISU Soybean Trials Generate Value for Farmers

June 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Field trials led by Iowa State University scientists saved farmers and seed companies millions of dollars by helping them select soybean varieties resistant to a major pest, according to a new economic analysis. The analysis was...

Legacy of Lifelong Pottawattamie County Resident to Provide Scholarships for Iowa State University Students in Agriculture and Life Sciences

June 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – An Iowa Century Farm donated by a lifelong Pottawattamie County resident, Barbara J. Green, to the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation in Council Bluffs, Iowa, will provide annual scholarships for students enrolled in the Iowa...

Merschman Seeds Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

June 18th, 2020
Soybean plant
AMES, Iowa — Merschman Seeds, located in Westpoint, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Merschman Seeds provides financial support to the center and will...

Lubing donates egg conveyor system to new poultry facility

June 16th, 2020
Lubing Systems, LP logo
AMES, Iowa - A state-of-the-art egg conveyor system smoothly and efficiently transports eggs at Iowa State University’s new poultry teaching and research farm. The system, gifted by Lubing Systems, LP, headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn., assures...

New grant will help scientists advance human immune model in pigs

May 29th, 2020
Four researchers standing inside specialized biocontainment facility
AMES, Iowa – The strict regulations that govern medical research with human subjects often slow down the study of the human immune system. So generations of researchers have used models of various designs to simulate human systems. Scientists at...

Long-Running Iowa State University Research Documents Wetlands’ Water Quality Benefit

May 27th, 2020
Speaker with microphone in front of a wetland with a number of people in the audience
AMES, Iowa – Fifteen years of wetlands research by Iowa State University – a study thought to be the largest and longest running project of its kind in the country – clarifies their performance as highly beneficial systems for reducing nitrogen...

New Iowa State Web Hub Offers Resources to Track COVID-19’s Economic Impacts

May 20th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Tracking COVID-19’s economic impacts, especially in the state of Iowa, is now possible thanks to resources on a new web hub. The webpage “...

Iowa State University Agricultural Programs in Top 4% Worldwide for 2020

May 13th, 2020
Earlier this year it was announced Iowa State University’s agricultural programs rank in the top 4 percent worldwide among other agriculture and forestry institutions, according to the...

New Report Highlighting Value of Ag Innovation Features Iowa State University Research

May 7th, 2020
Cover of Innovation to Profit report
AMES, Iowa — A new national report on agricultural science, “Innovation to Profit: A Retaking the Field Publication, volume 5,” focuses on the importance of federally funded agricultural research to strengthen agriculture’s bottom line and...

Farmers, Landowners Help Advance Research by Iowa Nutrient Research Center

May 4th, 2020
Rob Stout speaking to field day group.
AMES, Iowa - The long-term success of water quality research often depends on private cooperators who work with scientists to fine-tune research questions and host field trials. “Farmers and landowners are important partners who help make it...

Spencer Donors Establish Scholarship for Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture Students

April 27th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Gary and Ann Holck of Spencer, Iowa, have established an endowed scholarship for students in Iowa State University’s Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA). The Gary and Ann Holck Graduate Scholarship in Sustainable...

Researchers Find Bee Virus Spreads by Altering Honey Bees’ Social Distancing Behavior

April 27th, 2020
Many bees on honeycomb
AMES, Iowa — A new study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University and the University of Illinois suggests a deadly virus attacking honey bees alters their behavior and physiology in ways that boost the virus’ ability to spread. The...

Gamma Sigma Delta honor society announces annual award winners

April 20th, 2020
Gamma Sigma Delta logo
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, has announced the winners of annual awards presented to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty, students and alumni. Typically...

New Study Projects Dramatic Losses for Iowa’s Hog and Ethanol Industries Due to Virus

April 16th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – A new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University projects economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak will mean steep losses for Iowa agriculture, including over $2 billion each for the hog and...

Iowa State University Researcher Finds Natural Compound Boosts Plants’ Freeze-tolerance

April 14th, 2020
headshot of Rajeev Arora
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University researcher has found an inexpensive, natural way to improve plants’ ability to tolerate freezing temperatures and boost their antioxidant levels. The chemical salicylic acid, or SA, can be traced back to...

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Presents Awards to Faculty and Staff

April 8th, 2020
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honored faculty and staff with awards for teaching, advising, research and extension. The award winners include: Teaching and Advising Awards...

Iowa State University Seed Science Center protecting $1.6 billion in seed exports during pandemic

April 3rd, 2020
Young man working in seed lab
AMES, Iowa – During the COVID-19 pandemic, the seed health experts at Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center are working diligently to provide stability to help protect $1.6 billion in annual seed exports by the U.S. seed industry. “The...

ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Names Carmen Bain as Associate Dean of Academic Innovation

April 2nd, 2020
AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State University sociology professor has been named the associate dean for academic innovation in Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Carmen Bain will lead the college’s Office of the Associate Dean for...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Invites New Proposals for Water Quality Research

March 30th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University seeks new proposals for research that can help landowners, farmers, agribusiness and others improve water quality by reducing...

Christen Burgett Receives Outstanding Young Teacher Award

March 30th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Christen Burgett, an Iowa State University associate teaching professor in animal science, received the Outstanding Young Teacher award from the American Society of Animal Science and the American Dairy Science Association at the 2020...

Innovative Iowa State University Scientist Advances Machine Learning as Tool for Crop Breeding

March 26th, 2020
Asheesh Singh with computer screens behind him
AMES, Iowa — Using machine learning to develop and utilize plant breeding tools that can deliver improved genetics to farmers faster is a dream of Asheesh (Danny) Singh, associate professor of...

ISU Professors Participate in LEAD21 Leadership Class in Washington, D.C.

March 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Three Iowa State University professors participated with 90 individuals nationwide to complete a LEAD21 leadership-development program in Washington, D.C., in February.  The faculty from Iowa State were Ajay Nair, associate...

Monarch Conservation Efforts Continue in Iowa

March 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Today the World Wildlife Fund and the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) released its 2019-2020 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately seven acres of forest...

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