2008 News & Featured Stories Archive

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Corn Replanting Carries Major Risks, Says ISU Agronomist

June 27th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — With corn prices at record highs, many farmers are considering replanting flood-damaged fields, although years of data advise caution with such a decision. Recent yield simulations run by the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State...

ISU Center Receives $100,000 from Monsanto Fund for Uganda Project

June 25th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods has received a $100,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to improve nutrition in rural Uganda through raising of livestock and...

First Borlaug Scholar Award and Internship Presented to Iowa State Junior

June 12th, 2008
Editor's note: Photos of Nathan Upah are available by contacting Laura Rosenbohm. AMES, Iowa — Planning tourism projects and restoring antiques are daily tasks for Nathan Upah, Borlaug Scholar Award and Internship recipient. Upah of Clutier, a...

Iowa State Research on Poultry Manure as Fertilizer to be Shared with Industry

June 12th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - A daylong program designed to share the latest Iowa State University research on poultry manure with the poultry industry will be held July 10 in Ames. "Water Quality and Layer Manure as a Fertilizer" will be in room 275 at...

Iowa State Marks 30 Years of Meat Processing Education

June 12th, 2008
Editor's note: Media are invited to attend any session of the Sausage and Processed Meats Short Course including Wurstfest. Preregister with Matt Wenger (515) 294-9279, mwenger@iastate.edu. More...

Research and Demonstration Farm Field Days Begin June 19

June 9th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Field days at Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farms begin June 19 at the Northeast farm near Nashua. Among the highlights of the field day season is the 50th anniversary of the Allee Demonstration Farm near...

Swine Nutritionist Joins Iowa State University Faculty

June 2nd, 2008
AMES, Iowa - An expert in swine nutrition will join the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Sept. 1. John Patience will focus on current nutritional issues for the swine and feed industry. The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is...

Tiny Gene Discovered Hiding in a Major Family of Plant Viruses

May 27th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - In an international collaboration, researchers in Allen Miller's lab in the Department of Plant Pathology at Iowa State University have shown that a tiny gene exists in all members of the largest family of plant viruses. Without...

ISU Professor Named Distinguished Teacher by National Association

May 27th, 2008
AMES, Iowa "“ Iowa State University agricultural economics professor James Kliebenstein has been selected as a recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). The association will...

Iowa State Researchers Aim to Improve Nutritional Quality of Beef

May 16th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers are identifying opportunities to advance the nutritional value of beef. Funded by recent grants from Pfizer Animal Genetics and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium, the research brings...

Ponds Found to Take Up Carbon Like World's Oceans

May 7th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Research led by Iowa State University limnologist, or lake scientist, John Downing finds that ponds around the globe could absorb as much carbon as the world's oceans. Professor Downing found that constructed ponds and lakes on...

CARD Director to Testify at Senate Committee Hearing on Fuel Subsidies

May 5th, 2008
Bruce Babcock, professor of economics at Iowa State University and director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, will appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs May 7 in a hearing on fuel...

Iowa State Agronomy Students Win at National Competition

April 23rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agronomy students recently won first and second place titles from a national agriculture competition in Texas. The students competed in three North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contests...

Iowa State Symposium April 25 Honors Jay Lush

April 21st, 2008
AMES, Iowa - A symposium celebrating the legacy of Jay Lush will be April 25 in Ames. Lush is considered the father of modern animal breeding. He was a prolific researcher and graduate educator during his career as a professor of animal science at...

Commitment from G. Richard Johnson Will Create First Endowed Department Chair at Iowa State University

April 18th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — The first endowment for a department chair at Iowa State University will be established with a $2 million bequest from alumnus G. Richard "Dick" Johnson of Urbana, Ill. Johnson's commitment will create the Wilbert A....

National Air Emissions Conference May 19-21 in Des Moines

April 9th, 2008
AMES, Iowa - Increased populations in traditional farm areas and environmental concerns have created a more immediate need to reduce odor and air emissions from animal feeding operations. A national conference exploring the advantages, limitations...

ISU Endowed Chair Named for George Washington Carver

April 2nd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — With support from the state of Iowa and a private donor, Iowa State University has established an endowed faculty chair in the name of its first African-American student and faculty member, world-renowned scientist George Washington...

Iowa State MANRRS Chapter Judged Nation's Best

April 1st, 2008
AMES, Iowa —The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter at Iowa State University was selected National Chapter of the Year on March 29 at the 23rd national conference in Denver. The club has won the award...

U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Offers Practical Ideas to Address High Feed and Production Costs

March 28th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Right now isn't an easy time to be a pork producer. Rapidly increasing feed and production costs are making it difficult for pork producers to turn a profit. The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, Pork Checkoff and experts from...

Sustainable Agriculture Critic to Speak at Iowa State March 26

March 25th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Dennis Avery, author of the book Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastics and director of the Center for Global Food Issues at the Hudson Institute, will speak at Iowa State University's Graduate Colloquium in Sustainable...

International Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Taps Expertise of Iowa State Agronomist

March 21st, 2008
AMES, Iowa — An international initiative to create guidelines for the sustainable production of biofuels is getting advice from the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. Mahdi Al-Kaisi (MAH-dee al-KAY-zee), professor of agronomy and...

Iowa Egg Industry Produces Nearly 14 billion Eggs in 2007

March 17th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Iowa leads the nation in egg production and processing, accounting for over $1.8 billion in total sales and $475.7 million in annual value-added activity. The nearly 7,600 jobs attributed to the egg production and processing sector...

Iowa's Turkey Processors Give Producers Room To Grow

March 6th, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Iowa turkey production increased between 1996 and 2006 and has the potential for more growth, according to a report on the industry produced by the Iowa State University economics department. Economist John Lawrence and Laura Bortz, an...

ISU'S Lawrence to Speak on Livestock and Ethanol Boom on March 19 at Nashua Research Farm

March 5th, 2008
NASHUA, Iowa — John Lawrence, Iowa State University extension livestock economist, will speak on the economics of livestock producton in the ethanol boom at the March 19 annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association. All...

Iowa State's Agricultural Business Club Names Outstanding Alum

March 3rd, 2008
AMES, Iowa — The Agricultural Business Club at Iowa State University honored Doug Dashner, retired executive director of the Dekalb County, Ill. Farm Bureau, March 1 as its Outstanding Alumnus. The club each year recognizes an outstanding alum who...

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