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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...

Agronomists join forces with engineering students to create innovative in-field research chamber to breed heat tolerant varieties

August 4th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — A multidisciplinary project at Iowa State University is harnessing engineering to solve agronomic challenges, enlisting undergraduates to develop an innovative research chamber to study soybeans’ responses in the field to current and...

Merger celebration planned for two Iowa State departments

August 2nd, 2022
Image of the Advanced Teaching and Research Building on Iowa State University's campus. Image includes the text: Join us for the merging of Iowa State University's Department of Entomology and Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology"
AMES, Iowa – Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited to celebrate the merging of Iowa State University’s Department of Entomology and Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. The celebration will take place Friday, Sept...

Get hands-on with bugs during Bug Village '22 event

August 1st, 2022
Iowa State University Bug Village '22 flyer
AMES, Iowa – Community members are invited to come learn about insects of all kinds during Bug Village ’22. Hosted by Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo, two separate events will take place Saturday, Aug. 27. An open house will be held from 10...

New conservation planning tool allows users to evaluate tailored cost-benefit tradeoffs

July 25th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Conservation planning is entering a new era of precision problem-solving with the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), and its just-released Financial and Nutrient Reduction Tool (FiNRT). “ACPF itself is a non-...

International Union for the Conservation of Nature Lists the Monarch Butterfly as Endangered

July 22nd, 2022
AMES, Iowa - On July 21, 2022, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (...

Mosaic partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

July 18th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Mosaic Company has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Mosaic provides financial support to the center, which will be leveraged with soybean checkoff funds from...

Grant looks at breeding mung bean for plant-based protein market

July 11th, 2022
Woman in field of green, growing mung beans
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University plant breeders and researchers are working to develop a new crop suited for the plant-based protein market. The first step is developing new varieties of mung bean, a new crop here in the United States. Farmers...

Rademacher selected for interim director role at Iowa Pork Industry Center

July 7th, 2022
Chris Rademacher
AMES, Iowa – Chris Rademacher, clinical professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and swine extension veterinarian at Iowa State University, has been named interim director of the university’s...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University releases report on EPA draft emissions models

July 7th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released a new report to help the U.S. egg industry understand the science behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed emission models. The Egg Industry Center (EIC)...

Ross named chair of Department of Animal Science

June 24th, 2022
Jason Ross
AMES, Iowa – Jason Ross has been named the new chair of the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. Ross, Lloyd L. Anderson Professor in...

Lanningham-Foster named chair of Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

June 23rd, 2022
Lorraine Lanningham-Foster
AMES, Iowa – Lorraine Lanningham-Foster has been named chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, effective July 1, 2022. She has been serving as the...

Hargrove named chair of Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

June 22nd, 2022
Mark Hargrove
AMES, Iowa – Mark Hargrove has been named chair of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University releases updated egg cost study

June 21st, 2022
Semis on highway with text, New Report Released: Processing, Cartoning & Transporting Costs Updated
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released an updated study to provide the U.S. egg industry with important post-production cost information. The study helps egg farmers compare industry costs with their own...

Clark reappointed as interim chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

June 20th, 2022
Lynn Clark
AMES, Iowa - Lynn Clark has been reappointed interim chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, which is co-administered by Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and...

Bouffard reappointed chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

June 20th, 2022
Leana Bouffard
AMES, Iowa - Leana Bouffard has been reappointed chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at...

Taste Iowa State honey flavored with prairie at Pollinator Fest, June 25

June 20th, 2022
Two jars of golden honey with ISU labels, one with a special prairie strips tag
AMES, Iowa — Visitors to Pollinator Fest, Saturday, June 25, at Reiman Gardens in Ames, can taste test the newest sweet treats from Iowa State University – Iowa State-produced honey and its alter ego, Prairie STRIPS honey. Their unique flavors...

Leopold Center extends time for Spencer Award nominations through July 5

June 20th, 2022
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture logo
AMES, Iowa — The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has extended the request for nominations for the 2022 the Spencer Award through July 5, 2022. The purpose of the Spencer Award is to recognize significant contributions to the...

First batches of Iowa State grown and produced wine a success

June 16th, 2022
Three bottles of Iowa State University-produced wine
AMES, Iowa – The Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University has been instrumental in advancing the quality of wine produced across Iowa and surrounding states. A newly renovated space has allowed the program to produce...

New grants awarded in Agricultural Genome-to-Phenome research

June 2nd, 2022
Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative
Ames, IA — The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative has awarded nine grants to 27 institutions in the third and final round of project seed grant competition. The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative, a three-year...

Scholarship honors legacy of distinguished Iowa State University professor Dr. Neil E. Harl

June 1st, 2022
AMES, Iowa – The family of Dr. Neil E. Harl has provided a gift commitment of $2 million to help establish the endowed Dr. Neil E. Harl Opportunity Scholarship, which will provide support for students who wish to attend the College of Agriculture...

Animal scientist receives award for excellence in applied research

June 1st, 2022
Kenneth Stalder, professor of animal science, Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa – Kenneth Stalder, professor of animal science, is the recipient of the 2022 Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Stalder is nationally and internationally...

Kinzenbaw gift provides support for research and student scholarships in agricultural and biosystems engineering

May 26th, 2022
AMES, Iowa – Through a generous gift from Jon E. and Marcia A. Kinzenbaw of Williamsburg, Iowa, the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering has established support for students studying technical agriculture,...

Albaugh partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

May 26th, 2022
soybean seeds
AMES, Iowa — Albaugh, LLC has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Albaugh provides financial support to the center, which will be leveraged with soybean checkoff funds from the...

Breeding transforms sorghum’s potential as biofuel of the future for northern latitudes

May 17th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa - The biofuel of the future may well be sorghum-based, thanks to new inbred lines that are significantly more productive and cold-hardy than sorghum plants of the past. Maria Salas-Fernandez, associate professor of agronomy,...

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