2008 News & Featured Stories Archive

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Iowa State Alumnus Named Chair of Entomology Department

September 22nd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Leslie Lewis, who earned a doctorate in entomology at Iowa State University, becomes chair of the Department of Entomology today, Sept. 22. Lewis will serve a two-year term. He's been a collaborator/professor at Iowa State since...

Field Day to Cover Sugar Beets for Ethanol Production

September 18th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Sugar beets as a bioenergy feedstock will be the topic of a special field day Sept. 25 at the Iowa State University Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm. The program will include a review of the 2008 sugar beet-growing...

Xin Named Director of Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University

September 17th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Hongwei Xin, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University. "Dr. Xin's strong understanding of the domestic and international poultry industry...

National Science Foundation Funds $2.1 Million Soybean Disease Project at ISU

September 16th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Identifying genes essential for the soybean plant's defense against three major diseases will be the aim of a new $2.1 million research project led by Iowa State University. "We expect that information resulting from the...

New Agronomist Brings Miscanthus Expertise to Iowa State

September 15th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — After only a handful of weeks in Ames, one of the newest faculty members of the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy is generating a buzz. Production biomass agronomist Emily Heaton is touting the benefits of the perennial grass...

CF Industries Supports ISU Efforts to Help Farm Flood Recovery

September 8th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Thanks to a $25,000 gift from CF Industries, Inc., Iowa State University Extension will provide free financial planning to Iowa farm families dealing with the aftermath of this year's flooding. With the company's commitment,...

Allee Research and Demonstration Farm to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Sept. 16

August 27th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Fifty years of research and service to Iowans will be marked Sept. 16 at the 50th anniversary celebration of Iowa State University's Allee Research and Demonstration Farm near Newell. The celebration also will honor George Allee...

Monsanto Company Pledges $1 million to Renovation of ISU's Curtiss Hall

August 26th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — The Monsanto Company has pledged $1 million to enhance the offices and programs serving students in agriculture and life sciences at Iowa State University. The company's commitment will support the planned renovation of Curtiss...

Livestock Issues to be Covered at Sept. 8 Field Day

August 26th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University McNay Research and Demonstration Farm will host a field day Sept. 8 with topics of interest to beef and sheep producers. The free field day is open to the public. It begins at 3:30 p.m. at the farm, which is...

Ecological Economics is Topic for Pesek Colloquium Sept. 11

August 18th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — The eighth John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, which honors a retired Iowa State University agronomy professor, will be Sept. 11. Robert Costanza, the Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and director of the Gund...

Corn Estimates in Line with Five-Year Averages, Say ISU Agronomists

August 15th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — The government yield estimates released Aug. 12 had positive news predicting an above trend line yield for corn. Iowa State University agronomists say the estimates are in line with the five-year average. But those interested in the...

Agriculture Endowment Provides Research Experience for Iowa State Students

August 15th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Ask any of nine Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences interns what they did over their summer vacation and their stories will range from lumberjacking to designing an irrigation system. They share two things in...

Field Tours to Show Iowa State's Biomass Research Aug. 25 and 29

August 13th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University will offer a view of its latest research for growing and harvesting biomass plants at field tours Aug. 25 and 29. The tours will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 and 9 to noon Aug. 29 at the Agricultural...

ISU Ag Business Club Upholds Top National Standings

August 4th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ The Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club has been named the National Outstanding Chapter and received the National Creative Club Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) for the third...

Variety of Plants Featured at Garden Demonstration Field Days

July 23rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Home Demonstration Garden Field Days are underway at Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farms. The public is welcome to participate in the field days, which this year feature a variety of tomatoes, herbs,...

Rouse named executive director of Iowa Crop Improvement Association

July 23rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Jim Rouse has been named the executive director of the Iowa Crop Improvement Association. The nonprofit association is the official seed certifying agency for the state of Iowa and is affiliated with Iowa State University's...

Biosecurity Researchers Use Balloons to Collect Plant Disease Spores

July 22nd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University have been flying balloons this summer in the name of biosecurity science. A team of plant pathologists and engineering researchers led by Forrest Nutter, plant pathology professor, are using weather...

Late Silking Puts Corn Yield at Mercy of Fall Weather

July 15th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — The cool spring in Iowa has pushed back expected silking dates about 12 days later than usual, according to Iowa State University Extension corn specialist Roger Elmore. "Our models show that most of the corn planted in mid-May...

Hart Named as New Grain Marketing Economist at Iowa State

July 14th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - When it comes to information about the grain markets, there's a new kid on the block at Iowa State University. Beginning Aug. 1, Chad Hart will pick up many of the responsibilities of Robert Wisner, who provided grain marketing...

Misra Named to Dean's Chair for Distinction

July 14th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Manjit Misra, director of the Seed Science Center and the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products at Iowa State University, has been named the Dean's Chair for Distinction in the College of Agriculture...

CARD releases ACRE calculators to help farmers with new farm bill program

July 7th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - Analysis by researchers at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University suggests that most U.S. farmers will find Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) much more attractive than current commodity...

Iowa Schools Fail to Meet Agricultural Industry's Needs

July 1st, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Iowa schools are not doing enough to help students learn about and become involved in careers in agricultural and life sciences, according to a review of educational programs by the Governor's Council on Agricultural Education....

Media Advisory: Iowa State Co-hosts International Symposium on Animal Welfare and Epidemiology July 14-16

July 1st, 2008
AMES, Iowa - Members of the news media are invited to attend a first-ever conference on animal welfare and epidemiology at Iowa State University July 14-16. "Welfare and Epidemiology Conference: Across Species, Across Disciplines and Across...

Hall Named Interim Chair for Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

June 30th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - A member of the Iowa State University forestry faculty since 1974 has been named interim chair of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM). Richard Hall replaces David Engle, who had served as the NREM department...

Tree-Killing Fungus Officially Named by Scientists at ISU, Other Institutions

June 30th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University scientist led a team that has officially named the fungus responsible for a devastating disease that's killing redbay and other trees in the coastal plains of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Tom...

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