2008 News & Featured Stories

New ISU Summary Outlines Latest Air Quality and Odor Research December 23rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa - A new online summary outlines Iowa State University's continuing research and extension efforts on reducing odor and gas emissions from livestock operations. The new summary includes more than 50 items on current or recent research...

Fluorescent Corn Components Suggest Processing Improvements December 23rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University have used a Nobel Prize-winning genetic technology to expand the understanding of milling corn. When corn is milled, or ground, its three primary tissues combine. That complicates matters for end-...

Media Advisory: Human Health Research Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine December 18th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ Health and wellness are topics often at the forefront of people's minds, especially near the beginning of a new year. Research at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University includes diverse projects...

Iowa Seed Directory Offers Quality Seed Options December 18th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - If you are a farmer or gardener looking for quality-assured seed to plant this year, the Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) recently published the 2008 Iowa Seed Directory. To get your free copy of the Iowa Seed Directory contact...

United Soybean Board Funds U.S. Pork Center of Excellence's National Swine Nutrition Guide December 18th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ The United Soybean Board has approved soybean checkoff funding for the development and distribution of the National Swine Nutrition Guide by the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. The National Swine Nutrition Guide is an education...

ISU's Soy Research Offers Greener Materials for Hot Wax Art December 17th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ The art world could be looking a little greener, thanks to the efforts of two Iowa State University professors. Tong Wang, associate professor of food science and human nutrition, is working with Barbara Walton, associate...

Iowa State's Global Resource Systems Major First in the Nation December 12th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ Imagine tailoring your college career to become an expert in a technical field and a specific region of the world. That's what students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will do beginning in August 2009. "...

Videos on Soybean Cyst Nematode Testing Available Online December 1st, 2008
AMES, Iowa - Two videos featuring an Iowa State University plant pathology professor are featured on the Corn and Soybean Digest magazine's Web site.  Greg Tylka is an extension plant pathologist and nematologist, plus coordinator of Iowa State...

Lawrence Named to USDA Advisory Committee November 26th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — John Lawrence, Iowa State University Extension livestock economist and economics professor, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer. The committee...

Starving for Access: ISU Researcher Studies Food Deserts in Rural Areas November 25th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - If the only grocery store in town closes, it may also close easy access to affordable and nutritional food. It's a problem often referred to as a "food desert." To address an increase in obesity and chronic disease in...

MATRIC Publishes Book on Feeding Distillers Grains November 24th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ The Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center (MATRIC) at Iowa State University has published a book on using distillers grains, a co-product of biofuels production, as a feedstuff for livestock and poultry. The...

Munkvold to Chair Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business November 24th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University associate professor of plant pathology and Seed Science Center Endowed Chair, has been appointed chair of the Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB). The program combines seed science...

Crop Science Names Iowa State Agronomist as New Editor November 21st, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Mark Westgate, Iowa State University agronomy professor, becomes editor of "Crop Science," the flagship journal of the Crop Science Society of America, on Jan. 1, 2009. Westgate was named editor during the October meeting...

Professor Appointed to National Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops and Sustainability November 18th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ The National Academies has appointed Iowa State University Agronomy Professor Micheal Owen to the National Research Council Committee on the Impact of Biotechnology on Farm Economics and Sustainability. The ten-member committee...

Iowa State Professor Honored for Teaching Excellence November 10th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - Richard Schultz, a natural resource ecology and management professor at Iowa State, received one of six regional awards for teaching excellence Nov. 9. As a recipient of a United States Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture...

Iowa State Faculty Appointed to National Air Quality Task Force November 3rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa - Three members of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty have been appointed to a national air quality task force. Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering professor, Robert Burns,...

ISU Agriculture and Life Sciences Alums Honored October 31st, 2008
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to alums and an emeritus professor on Oct. 24 at the annual Iowa State University Alumni Association awards ceremony. Roger Underwood, retired CEO of...

Iowa Efforts to Reduce Gulf Hypoxia Earns Awards, Iowa State Has Role October 31st, 2008
AMES, Iowa — A cooperative effort to reduce the loss of nitrate and phosphorus from Iowa farm fields has earned national recognition. Iowa State University researchers play a key, supporting role in the ongoing effort to reduce hypoxia in the Gulf...

Iowa State Crop Genomics Lab Largest in Nation October 30th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - The largest cluster of plant databases in the nation has a new home, the Crop Genome Informatics Laboratory, a USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Iowa State University facility. The building housing the center was...

Study Finds Tenuous Link Between Farm Subsidies and Intake of Sweets October 28th, 2008
Ames, Iowa — An Iowa State University analysis fails to support claims that farm subsidies for agricultural commodity production are directly implicated in the growing obesity problem in the United States and the increased consumption of sweetened...

On-Farm Research and Demonstration Grants Available for 2009 October 23rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Ideas and proposals are sought for a unique program that pairs farmers with Iowa State University researchers to work on topics related to conservation and sustainability. Proposals are due Dec. 17 for the 2009 ISU On-Farm Research and...

New Ag Mechanics Facility Gives Future Ag Teachers Hands-on Experience October 9th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ A new agricultural mechanics facility at Iowa State is helping meet the needs of students in agricultural education and studies and Iowa high school agriculture teachers. "For several years it has been a challenge to meet...

ISU Conference to Address Iowa Research and Outreach for the Problem of Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico October 7th, 2008
MEDIA ADVISORY AMES, Iowa - A conference on the issue of Gulf hypoxia and the latest research on water quality conservation and monitoring in Iowa is set for October 16 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center at Iowa State University in Ames....

ISU Soils Judging Team Wins Regional Competition October 6th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — The student soils judging team from Iowa State University brought home a first place finish from a recent regional competition in Minnesota. The overall win was buoyed by a first place finish in the team judging portion of the event and...

Record Number of Employers to Recruit at Ag Career Day October 3rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — So many employers have signed up for Iowa State University's Ag Career Day Oct. 21 that some will have to be located outside under tents. Mike Gaul, director of agriculture and life sciences career services, said 165 employers are...

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