2007 News & Featured Stories

National Effort to Boost Soybean Yields Will Be Led by Iowa State University December 21st, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Many soybean producers across the U.S. may be missing out on high yielding soybeans, according to Palle Pedersen, Iowa State University Extension soybean agronomist. He said an emphasis on genetics and reduced funding for extension...

Web Site Offers Advice to Livestock and Poultry Producers Coping With High Corn Prices December 21st, 2007
AMES, Iowa — A new Iowa State University Web site is designed to help livestock and poultry producers find a place for their operations in the bioeconomy. "The emerging ethanol industry creates new opportunities and challenges for livestock and...

Fellowships Available for Graduate Study in Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State December 19th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Fellowships to pursue doctorate degrees in the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA) at Iowa State University are available next year through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. The USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences...

Iowa State Research Shows Poultry Diets Can Contain High Levels of Ethanol By-Product December 3rd, 2007
AMES, Iowa - The increased use of corn for ethanol production has contributed to a sharp increase in corn prices, translating into higher feed costs for livestock and poultry producers. Yet one way producers can benefit from the ethanol industry is...

Iowa State University Releases Pig Genetic Marker Technology November 29th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Genetic markers for growth, leanness and meat quality discovered at Iowa State University have been made available to pork producers in the United States. "This offers a unique opportunity to use molecular genetics to improve pigs...

Voluntary Incentive Program Introduced to Reduce Livestock Odors November 28th, 2007
DES MOINES — A comprehensive plan to reduce livestock odors received unanimous, bi-partisan approval Wednesday from the interim Livestock Odor Study Committee of the Iowa Legislature. The proposal calls for a five-year project to provide incentives...

Well-Known Iowa State Economist Retiring After More Than 40 Years November 26th, 2007
AMES, Iowa - An Iowa State University economist who has provided grain marketing information and advice to Iowa producers for nearly 41 years will retire Dec. 3. Robert Wisner joined the Department of Economics in February 1967 as an assistant...

ISU Agronomy Professor Named Center Director in Plant Sciences Institute November 26th, 2007
AMES, Iowa "“ Thomas Lübberstedt has been named the new director for the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding in the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University. Lübberstedt joined the agronomy faculty as the Kenneth J. Frey...

Iowa State Professor Presented National Teaching Honor November 15th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University horticulture Professor Gail Nonnecke has been selected Iowa Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. "I am...

Iowa State Professor Awarded USDA Excellence in Teaching Award November 15th, 2007
AMES, Iowa "“ Iowa State University faculty member Amy Kaleita has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. The assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life...

Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Celebrates Anniversary November 13th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Natural resource leaders from around the country praised the Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Oct. 6 on the partnership created at Iowa State University that has succeeded for 75 years. The research unit, also known as...

First Endowed Deanship Established at Iowa State University November 12th, 2007
Ames, Iowa — A first-of-its-kind endowed deanship at Iowa State University has been established in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences thanks to a $3 million gift from an anonymous donor. The endowed fund will provide perpetual financial...

Iowa State Agronomist Awarded Pioneer Hi-Bred Professorship November 1st, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Michael Thompson, Iowa State University agronomy professor, has been awarded the Pioneer Hi-Bred Agronomy Professorship. Thompson's research program centers on environmental applications of soil science, with emphasis on chemical...

Iowa State Soil Judging Team Places Second at Regional Competition October 25th, 2007
AMES, Iowa "“ The Iowa State University Soil Judging Team placed second overall in the 2007 regional Soil Judging Contest held near Griswold. Seven universities with 40 individual contestants participated in the contest hosted by Iowa State...

Ag Career Day Brings 149 Employers to Recruit Iowa State Students October 11th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Ag Career Day, the largest university career fair for agriculturally related jobs, is set for Oct. 23 on the Iowa State University campus. The annual event reached its maximum number of recruiting companies within two weeks of opening...

2007 Pork Month Story Ideas and News Sources October 4th, 2007
Iowa Pork Industry Center Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Thank you for your interest in Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa's pork industry. We hope the following information and links listing will be helpful to you as you prepare articles...

National Air Emissions Conference to be Held in Iowa in 2008 October 3rd, 2007
AMES, Iowa - Planning is underway at Iowa State University for a national conference in 2008 on ways to reduce air emissions from livestock production facilities. The conference, which will be May 19-21 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, is being...

ISU Confirms Presence of Soybean Rust in Iowa FIeld September 28th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has confirmed the presence of soybean rust infection from plant samples taken this week from a field in Dallas County. "We knew this discovery was a real possibility because of the spore delivery from the...

ISU Economists Receive Awards and Honors at Intermational Meeting September 25th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University economics faculty, researchers and students received awards and honors at the 2007 joint annual meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), the Western Agricultural Economics Association (...

Iowa State Playing Major Role in Rebirth of Iowa's Wine Industry September 24th, 2007
AMES, Iowa - It used to be if you wanted to buy a bottle of wine produced in Iowa, you headed to the Amana Colonies and hoped the dandelion crop had been a good one. It wasn't always that way. During the early 20th century, Iowa was the nation...

DuPont Partners with Iowa State to Enhance Biofuels Production September 21st, 2007
DES MOINES "“ DuPont today announced a pledge of $1 million to the Iowa State University (ISU) New Century Farm, the first research effort in the United States to focus on producing cellulosic ethanol on the farm. The research efforts also...

Iowa Crop Improvement Association receives ISO 9001: 2000 certification September 17th, 2007
AMES, Iowa "“ The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) is the second seed certification agency in the United States to receive ISO 9001: 2000 certification. The International Organization for Standardization or ISO is a standard-setting...

Vilsack Named Distinguished Fellow in Iowa State's Biosafety Institute September 17th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has been named a Distinguished Fellow in Iowa State University's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products. "Governor Vilsack's expertise in issues relating to public...

Bruce Rastetter Provides $1.75 Million for ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program September 12th, 2007
AMES, Iowa — Iowa entrepreneur and businessman Bruce Rastetter has made a $1.75 million commitment to the entrepreneurship program in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "This wonderful gift is a significant...

ISU Professor Named 2007 Soil and Water Conservation Society Friend of Conservation September 11th, 2007
AMES, Iowa "“ Dick Schultz, professor of natural resource ecology and management, has been named a Friend of Conservation by the Iowa Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Schultz was presented the award at the chapter's...

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