News Releases 2018

June 11th, 2018 Iowa State to Host Agriculture College and Teachers Conference June 12-15
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University will host a national conference with 325 agricultural teachers from 65 universities and colleges nationwide. The 2018 North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) 64th Annual Conference will be held...

June 6th, 2018 Reports Update Research Results at Iowa State University Research Farms
AMES, Iowa — The results of more than 120 agricultural research trials conducted last year at Iowa State University’s Research and Demonstration Farms are available online and can be downloaded at no...

June 5th, 2018 Iowa State Students Wins Overall Sweepstakes at Judging Conference
AMES, Iowa — For the fourth year in a row Iowa State University student judging teams won the overall sweepstakes award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference in April....

May 31st, 2018 ISU Dairy Farm Open House June 8
AMES, Iowa — To celebrate dairy month the Iowa State University Dairy Farm will host its 10th annual open house on June 8, from 6 - 11 a.m. The event is open to the public. Tours will be given every 30 minutes beginning at 6:30 a.m. and ending...

May 30th, 2018 Staff Changes at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms
AMES, Iowa — Leadership at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms has changed with the retirement of previous managers. Agricultural specialists Logan Wallace and Brad Evans will co-...

May 29th, 2018 Iowa Leaders Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
BOONE — The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrient loss from both point sources (such as municipal and industrial wastewater...

May 24th, 2018 Iowa State Team Wins Worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge
AMES, Iowa – For three Iowa State University graduate students, winning the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge was more than an honor – it meant they could help reduce food waste in their homeland. The Iowa State team received $5,000 on May...

May 9th, 2018 Leopold Center at Iowa State University Seeks Nominations for Spencer Award
AMES, Iowa — The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University is seeking nominations by June 16 for its annual Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. “You may apply for the...

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May 3rd, 2018 Iowa State University Researchers to Study Monarch Butterfly Ecology to Support National Conservation Efforts
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University scientists will advance the understanding of monarch butterfly ecology through a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture...

May 1st, 2018 $5 Million Gift from Land O’Lakes Foundation to Support Students, Faculty and Facilities at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — The Land O’Lakes Foundation has made a $5 million commitment to Iowa State University that will improve the quality of an Iowa State...

April 18th, 2018 Federal Investment in Agricultural Research Essential: Iowa State University Part of Effort Telling Stories of Discovery
AMES, Iowa —A new effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research launched today in Washington, D.C., bringing together Iowa State University with 15 other public and private universities. The initiative,...

April 16th, 2018 Iowa State Agriculture Honor Society Awards Alumni, Faculty and Students
AMES, Iowa - Gamma Sigma Delta, the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, presented awards to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students on April 13. Mission Awards were presented to...

April 16th, 2018 Iowa State University Nematologist Urges Farmers to Refocus on Soybean Cyst Nematodes
AMES, Iowa — Farmers preparing for spring planting would do well to renew their commitment to managing soybean cyst nematodes, according to an Iowa State University plant pathologist. “I’m doing everything I can to convince farmers that we are...

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March 29th, 2018 Iowa State University Report Shows Future Promise for Cedar Rapids’ Processing Industries
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, has released a report identifying new, emerging technologies that could...

March 18th, 2018 Retired Iowa State Extension Agricultural Engineer Earns Iowa Master Farmer Exceptional Service Award
AMES, Iowa — Mark Hanna, a former extension agricultural engineer at Iowa State University, is the recipient of the 2018 Iowa Master Farmer Exceptional Service Award. The award, which is sponsored by Wallaces Farmer magazine, is presented to...

March 16th, 2018 New Fungus Species Named in Honor of Iowa State University Scientists
AMES, Iowa — An investigation into a bur oak blight in central Iowa has resulted in three Iowa State University scientists being immortalized through scientific names for the previously unknown disease-causing fungi. Thomas Harrington, a...

March 13th, 2018 Iowa State University Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Pollinator Health
AMES, Iowa — A Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research grant will fund a study including Iowa State University to examine possible impacts on pollinators from strips of prairie planted in crop fields. Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor in the...

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March 13th, 2018 Amy Asmus to Present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University April 4
AMES, Iowa — Amy Asmus, vice president of the chemical supply company Asmus Farm Supply, will present the 2018 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture April 4 at Iowa State University. Asmus will present, “What Is...

March 12th, 2018 Iowa Sets Goal for Monarch Conservation
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has set a goal of acres devoted to monarch butterfly habitat in the state by 2038. “The consortium has worked collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to...

March 12th, 2018 Iowa State University Study Finds Return on Investment a Stumbling Block for Widespread Adoption of Cover Crops
AMES, Iowa — Despite farmers’ positive perceptions about cover crops and the availability of cost-share programs to incentivize their use, an Iowa State University study shows the return on investment may be the biggest hurdle to overcome for...

March 5th, 2018 Iowa State University Research Finds Wind Farms Positively Impact Crops
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them. The overall effects on crops growing in wind farms appear to be positive said Gene Takle,...

March 2nd, 2018 ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Presents Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will present awards to faculty and staff on March 8. The award winners include: Andy VanLoocke will receive the Early Achievement in Teaching Award. VanLoocke has been...

Melea Reicks Licht (left) is presented the 2018 Spirit of Ruth Award by Kim Stassen, vice president of Sigma Alpha National Sorority Board.
February 19th, 2018 Iowa State University Alumni Relations Director Honored by National Women in Agriculture Organization
AMES, Iowa -- The director of alumni relations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University received a national award Feb. 17 from Sigma Alpha, the professional agricultural sorority. The Sigma Alpha National...

February 14th, 2018 Hunter Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
AMES, Iowa —Jacob Hunter, of Davenport, has been named the 2018 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Hunter is the agricultural educator and FFA adviser at North Scott High School in...

February 13th, 2018 Farmers for America Screening and Young Farmer Panel Feb. 20 at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — A public screening of the documentary, Farmers for America, and a young farmer panel discussion will be held on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Iowa State University Alumni Center located at 429 Alumni Lane in Ames, Iowa. ...

February 13th, 2018 Harrison County Project to Combat Weeds Resistant to Herbicides
AMES, Iowa — Harrison County is home to a new project focused on combating weed resistance as part of a statewide pest resistance management program led by Iowa State University. A team of local farmers, landowners, agronomists, crop advisers,...

February 13th, 2018 Iowa State University Economists Outline Benefits of Reducing Nitrates
AMES, Iowa — A study conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University explores the potential economic benefits to drinking water, recreation and health through...

February 5th, 2018 Summary Unveiled on 2017 Egg Research
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released its first year-in-review research report featuring 22 new, ongoing or completed research projects. The report provides brief...

February 2nd, 2018 Director Named for Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa - Kristine Tidgren has been named the director of the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. Tidgren joined the extension-focused center in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a staff attorney in...

February 2nd, 2018 Big Data for (Sm)all Farmers Workshop to be held in Ames Feb. 26-27
AMES, Iowa - An Iowa State University workshop will examine how Big Data can benefit agricultural producers Feb. 26-27 at the Scheman Center in Ames. The Big Data for (Sm)all Farmers Workshop was organized to inform farmers of small and medium...

February 1st, 2018 Iowa State University Researchers Feature Latest Science on Damaging Nematodes
AMES, Iowa - A tiny worm that causes billions of dollars in damage to crops like soybeans will be in the scientific spotlight this month thanks to an article written by two Iowa State University plant pathologists. The latest knowledge on how...

January 18th, 2018 Search Launched for Next Dean of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has launched the search for the Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Director of the Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station...

January 17th, 2018 Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day Set for Jan. 31 at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa — The spring semester Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day at Iowa State University has filled with organizations recruiting students on Jan. 31. The job fair is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Iowa State’s Memorial...

January 11th, 2018 Iowa State Graduate Program to Launch First Seed Business Management Short Course February 5-9
AMES, Iowa ‒ The Seed Technology and Business Graduate Program at Iowa State University will launch their first Seed Business Management short course February 5-9. The weeklong short course will focus on the business aspects of the seed industry...

January 10th, 2018 Data from Five Year, Multi-university Sustainable Corn Project Available Online
AMES, Iowa – Researchers who participated in the Sustainable Corn Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP), which was led by Iowa State University, are providing access to five years of data from the multi-university, corn-based cropping systems...

January 2nd, 2018 Iowa State University Researchers Look for Avian Influenza in Small Birds and Rodents
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University research found no evidence that small wild birds and rodents were possible sources of the avian influenza virus that decimated Iowa poultry flocks in 2015. Jim Adelman, an assistant professor in...