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Burns-Thompson Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences February 15th, 2019
Dan Robison presents Elizabeth Burns-Thompson with a framed print as the 2019 Emerging Iowa Leader Award
AMES, Iowa – Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, of Altoona, has been named the 2019 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Burns-Thompson is regulatory affairs counsel for the Iowa Corn Growers...

Iowa State Researchers Honored for One of Year's Best Ag Engineering Innovations February 11th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – A start-up company founded by two Iowa State University researchers is receiving a national honor for an invention named one of 2019’s best innovations in agricultural, food and biological engineering and technology. Manjit Misra...

New monarch numbers encouraging: Conservation efforts in Iowa contribute to long-term recovery February 1st, 2019
Monarch on milkweed plant.
AMES, Iowa — This week, the World Wildlife Fund released its 2018-2019 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered...

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Study No-till for Organic Grain Farmers February 1st, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is part of a study to provide organic grain farmers more information about the best way to incorporate no-till agriculture into their production systems because they typically use tillage to manage weeds....

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty and Staff Awards January 29th, 2019
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has honored faculty and staff with awards for teaching, advising, research and extension. The award winners include: Scott Smalley, an assistant professor in...

Iowa State Research Aims to Improve Next Generation of Bioreactors January 24th, 2019
Professor Michelle Soupir (in purple jacket) working at Iowa State University bioreactor research site with students.
AMES, Iowa — On a cold day last fall, Iowa State University scientist Michelle Soupir and her team of graduate students shoveled out the woodchip-and-mud entrails of nine concrete-lined water-quality cells at the Agricultural Engineering and...

Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Fair Set for Feb. 6 at Iowa State University January 24th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of the career fair sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is set for Feb. 6. The Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Career Day is a smaller version of the college’s...

Iowa State Agricultural Education Professor Receives Educational Honor January 16th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – Robert Martin, an Iowa State University agricultural education and studies professor, was presented one of seven Iowa Nationwide Golden Owl Awards on Jan. 15. The new award was presented at Iowa State by Eddie Chestnut, the...

Iowa State University Study Shows Farmers Active in Watershed Groups More Likely to Plant Cover Crops January 10th, 2019
Lush cover crop growing in corn stubble.
AMES, Iowa – Research by Iowa State University shows that active farmer involvement in watershed management groups and other conservation networks is key to adopting conservation practices like cover crops. The...

New Iowa State University Course Examines Changing Role of Women in U.S. Agriculture December 18th, 2018
AMES, Iowa – A new class being offered at Iowa State University is the first to examine the history and changing roles of women in agriculture in the United States.   The course, which just wrapped up its first semester, used a sociological...

Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields December 17th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting. Their “back of the napkin” discussion in 2010 led to...

Assistant Dean in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University Honored by Alma Mater December 13th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — Hongwei Xin, assistant dean for research of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, was honored last month by the University of Nebraska. Xin, who also serves as director of the...

Charles Sukup Appointed to Faculty Position at Iowa State University December 10th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — The president of Sukup Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield, Iowa, has been appointed to a faculty position in the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE...

Iowa State University Research on Monarchs’ Egg-laying Preferences Can Guide Recovery Efforts December 6th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — Loss of habitat containing milkweed plants is considered a leading cause of the precipitous decline in monarch butterfly populations over the past 20 years. To reverse loss of this iconic species, recovery plans nationally have...

Iowa State University to Lead Research to Increase Pig Survivability December 6th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — A research project led by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University seeks to increase pork producers’ profits by improving the survivability of their animals. Jason Ross, the...

Interactive Website Being Developed to Teach Students Animal Care Basics November 29th, 2018
AMES, Iowa – Amy Powell started working to help 4-Hers throughout Iowa understand the basics of animal care when she came to Iowa State University in 2014. To find out how those youth acquire information about animal care Powell set up focus...

ISU Agronomy Auditorium Named in Honor of Webster County Couple November 27th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — The Agronomy Hall auditorium at Iowa State University has been named in honor of a Webster County couple who farmed near Duncombe for many years.   The W. Kiley and Marie Powers Auditorium is located in the southwest corner of...

Iowa State Scientists Lead Discovery of a Mechanism Cyst Nematodes Use to Reprogram Plant Host Cells November 14th, 2018
Parasitic cyst nematodes, a major pest of soybeans and other crops, cluster around plant roots.
AMES, Iowa — A research team led by Iowa State University has solved part of a mystery important to battling the most serious threat to U.S. soybean production, the soybean cyst nematode — a pathogen responsible for more than $1 billion in reduced...

Iowa State University Sports Turf Researcher Seeks to Protect Young Athletes on the Field November 13th, 2018
Traffic simulator
AMES, Iowa — Adam Thoms, assistant professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, researches sports turf maintenance to help keep young athletes safe while competing. He focuses on athletic fields,...

Iowa State University Animal Science Professor Receives National USDA Teaching Award November 12th, 2018
AMES, Iowa – Steven Lonergan, an Iowa State University animal science professor, was awarded one of two 2018 national U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Awards. The Association of Public and Land...

Iowa State Scientists Recognized Nationally for Multistate Drainage Research to Improve Water Quality November 12th, 2018
Field day group views a denitrification bioreactor installation.
AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University scientists and a U.S. Department of Agriculture research partner have received a national honor for their roles in a multistate research collaboration finding solutions to water quality challenges related to...

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Honored November 2nd, 2018
CALS Homecoming Awardees
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Iowa State University Alumni Association presented awards at the annual...

Iowa State Students to Build a Sukup Safe T Home® on Campus on Nov. 5 November 1st, 2018
AMES, Iowa – Student volunteers are building a Sukup Safe T Home® in the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center* at Iowa State University to kick-off Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week from 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 5. The Agricultural...

Iowa Academy of Science Awards Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo Education Program Coordinator October 30th, 2018
Mitchell with award
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Academy of Science has presented its Friend of Science Education Award to Ginny Mitchell, education program coordinator of the Insect Zoo at Iowa State University. Mitchell, a...

ISU Student Awarded George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award October 29th, 2018
AMES, Iowa – A student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University received the George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award at Tuskegee University. Megan Kemp, a senior majoring in agronomy and...

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