2003 News & Featured Stories Archive

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Catnip Captures Attention as a Mosquito Repellent

April 24th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have begun testing catnip oil as a possible repellent against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. Joel Coats, an Iowa State entomologist, began investigating the idea of using catnip oil as a...

Iowa State University Research Aims to Give a Legume a Leg Up

April 22nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Charles Brummer is out to make better hay while the sun shines. Brummer, an Iowa State University agronomist, is working to breed higher-yielding alfalfa, a legume most commonly used as animal feed. One focus of his groups...

National Pork Board Honors Al Christian

April 4th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Al Christian, manager of the Swine Teaching Farm, received the 2003 Distinguished Service Award March 8 from the National Pork Board at its National Pork Industry Forum in Dallas. The annual award recognizes outstanding...

ISU Ag Engineer Studies Innovative Ways to Control Feedlot Runoff

April 2nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University agricultural engineer is conducting research on innovative techniques livestock producers can use to comply with new federal regulations. Jeffery Lorimor, associate professor in the ISU agricultural and...

ISU Professor Receives National Award for Research

April 1st, 2003
AMES, Iowa — D. Lee Alekel, associate professor of nutrition at Iowa State University, is recipient of the 2003 Mead Johnson Award for research in nutrition from the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (ASNS). The award honors a single...

Iowa-based Company Makes Soyfoods for Space

March 31st, 2003
AMES, Iowa — NASA astronauts soon will have the opportunity to enjoy chili in space thanks to an Iowa-based company. Soy Creations, a division of Triple "F" Inc. has developed a freeze-dried chili with a meat analogue made from soy...

ISU-led Team of Researchers Develops Genetic Research Tools

March 28th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Swine breeders and medical researchers have some new tools for genetic research, thanks to a team of scientists led by an Iowa State University professor. The group created a library of 21,499 pig gene sequences and mapped the...

Researcher to Discuss Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia "Dead Zone" at Iowa State

March 28th, 2003
Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium will present a seminar titled "Beyond Science Into Policy: Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia" at Iowa State University on April 2. The seminar will begin at 3 p.m. in 1010 LeBaron...

Genetic Discovery in Cotton May Apply to Corn and Soybeans

March 17th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Researchers led by an Iowa State University professor have uncovered a genetic pattern in cotton that is likely to have implications for other crops, including corn and soybeans. "We don't really understand what those...

Iowa State Project Will Develop a Science-based Tool to Assess the Risk of Pharmaceuticals in Corn

March 13th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — No one knows with scientific certainty the likelihood or extent of risks from genetically modified plants not grown for food or feed, such as biopharmaceuticals. Iowa State University researchers are leading an effort to help...

FAPRI Projects World Food Supply Will Outpace Demand in Near Term

March 6th, 2003
WASHINGTON — Recent strength in crop prices will not be sustained for long, according to a report of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) presented to Congress today. Two years of drought in many grain-growing regions...

Science and Policy Seminar to Examine Food Safety Systems

March 4th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Food safety science and policy will be the topic of a panel discussion to be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Gallery of the Iowa State University Memorial Union. The seminar will focus on how science helps identify potential food...

Iowa Poultry Industry Stands to Lose Millions if Exotic Newcastle Disease Invades State

February 24th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — If exotic Newcastle disease (END) spreads to Iowa and infects Iowa poultry, the impact on the industry—and on the state's economy—would be significant, says John Miranowski, an Iowa State University professor of agricultural...

Iowa State Study Rates Effectiveness of Dietary Supplements for Lean Mass and Strength Gain

February 21st, 2003
AMES, Iowa — A new study by Iowa State University researchers has found that two dietary supplements — creatine and HMB (b-hydroxy-b-methylbutyrate) — have a positive effect on lean mass and strength gain in humans. The study by Rick Sharp,...

Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Natural Resources News

February 20th, 2003
IS CUBA AN EMERGING MARKET FOR IOWA AGRICULTURE? The Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 allowed United States' food and agricultural products into Cuba for the first time in 40 years. Opening Cuba's borders to...

Third Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture Planned

February 19th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The third John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture will take place March 5-6, with the co-founder of two national organizations that focus on food and democracy as the featured speaker at two events. Frances Moore Lappe...

Iowa State University Receives $6.3 million Merit Award to Strengthen Families and Youth

February 18th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — A $6.3 million grant has been awarded to Iowa State University's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research to continue evaluating the effectiveness of programs to help families and communities prevent adolescent substance...

New Strategies Needed to Change Risky American Diets

February 18th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Encouraging more health-promoting foods should be one strategy for changing health-risky American diets, says the dean of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture. "Chronic diseases are a major burden on society,...

ISU Professor Elected Vice President of American Oil Chemists' Society

February 11th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University faculty member Lawrence Johnson has been elected vice president of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS). Johnson is a professor of food science and human nutrition, and director of the Center for...

ISU Part of New National Food Safety Research Report

February 6th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University and five other institutions have joined forces in a national effort to develop new, science-driven strategies to improve food safety. The new Food Safety Research Consortium was announced today (Thursday) in...

Relationship of School District Expenditures and Size Studied

January 28th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University study shows that Iowa school districts with fewer than 750 students generally spend more per student than larger districts. Of the 374 Iowa school districts in 2000-2001, 208 had enrollments below 750. The...

New Report Outlines Role of Agriculture in Iowa's Economy

January 22nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Iowa's farm, food and agriculture-affiliated industries account for 24.3 percent of the state's total industrial output. That's one of many statistics in a new Iowa State University report that details the role of...

ISU College of Agriculture Presents Awards to Faculty, Staff

January 17th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The College of Agriculture at Iowa State University presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring semester convocation on Jan. 16. Award winners were: Ebby Luvaga, economics academic advising coordinator, received the...

Iowa Pork Producers Lose Money in 2002

January 14th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The numbers are in and they aren't good news. Iowa pork producers experienced significant losses in 2002. "Farrow-to-finish producers lost an average of $16.22 per head marketed during the year with losses in September...

Higher Guarantees, Lower Rates for Livestock Gross Margin Policy

January 14th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Quotes just released for spring Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) insurance should make the product more appealing to pork producers, said an Iowa State University agricultural economist. Chad Hart with the ISU Center for Agricultural...

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