2009 News & Featured Stories

Economics Professor Named Associate Dean for Extension in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences December 16th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — John Lawrence has been named the associate dean of extension and outreach for Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the director of ISU Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources. The appointment...

U.S. Pork Center of Excellence to Hold Regional Training Conferences for National Swine Nutrition Guide December 15th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — The National Swine Nutrition Guide will be distributed and explained at a series of regional conferences beginning in February. The guide, consisting of nutrition fact sheets, nutrient recommendation tables and diet formulation and...

ISU Poultry Manure Research Helps Growers Manage Crop, Environmental Quality December 3rd, 2009
AMES, Iowa - As the nation's top egg-producing state, Iowa has had a plentiful supply of nutrient-rich poultry manure as a resource for growing crops. Amid continued growth of the egg industry, interest in improving poultry manure management...

Farm Energy Savings Focus of Energy Check-Up program meetings, Dec. 16-17 December 3rd, 2009
AMES, Iowa — As energy and fuel costs increase, Iowa's agricultural producers are feeling the pinch. To address energy costs Iowa State University Extension has partnered with Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Consumers Energy with a program to...

Iowa Seed Directory Offers Quality Seed Options December 1st, 2009
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) has recently published the 2009 Iowa Seed Directory. The directory is published annually as a resource for quality-assured seeds of soybeans, oats, switchgrass and other native prairie...

Finalists Named for Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean and ISU Extension Program Leader November 30th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — Two finalists have been selected for the position of associate dean for the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of ISU Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources. Candidates who will interview...

Iowa State Animal Science Professor Earns USDA Excellence in Teaching Award November 20th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor of animal science has been awarded the annual USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Douglas Kenealy is one of two people to receive the national award, which encompasses all...

ISU Block and Bridle Club Receives National Recognition November 19th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club received national recognition at the 90th Block and Bridle National Convention, held Nov. 12-14, in Louisville, KY, in conjunction with the North American International Livestock...

Pioneer Hi-Bred Awards Scholarships to ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Students "¨ November 16th, 2009
AMES, Iowa- Iowa State University students Kasei James and Keith King were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, on Oct. 30. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students were selected after writing a five-page...

Iowa State Entomologists Join Other Soybean Pest Researchers to Earn Two National Awards November 16th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State and other land-grant universities have worked for many years to develop and implement management programs for soybean insect pests that are economically and ecologically sustainable. This fall, those efforts...

ISU Swine Researcher: First Draft of Pig Genome Sequence an Important Advance for Iowa November 3rd, 2009
AMES, Iowa — The completion of a first draft of the pig genome sequence has extra meaning for Iowa, the nation's leading producer of pigs, says an Iowa State University professor who was part of the international research team. "With Iowa...

U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Receives Grant for Community College Swine Education October 29th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence has been granted nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the Professional Swine Manager/Technician Certification Program for community college students and pork production...

ISU Agriculture and Life Sciences Alums and Faculty Honored October 27th, 2009
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards on Oct. 16 at the annual Iowa State University Alumni Association Honors and Awards ceremony. Dwight Hughes Jr., received the Floyd Andre Award,...

Iowa State Researchers Have Stake in European Space Agency Nov. 1 Satellite Launch October 26th, 2009
AMES, Iowa - Researchers at Iowa State University will be watching when the European Space Agency launches a new satellite Nov. 1. That's because the information the satellite will gather is an important part of their research efforts. The...

Partnership Promotes Environmental Education October 19th, 2009
AMES, Iowa - Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) donated $13,900 to Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for a summer environmental research program for middle school teachers. The program will provide middle...

ISU Agriculture Pavilion Project Receives Jump-Start from Walter Gift October 16th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — A state-of-the-art agriculture pavilion for Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has received a major gift from Marvin and Janice Walter of Ames. The Ames couple have pledged $1.5 million toward the...

Iowa State Entomologists Focus on Reducing Impact of Soybean Aphids October 12th, 2009
AMES, Iowa - With soybean harvest underway across Iowa, growers are studying yields and discussing whether their crop is smaller than normal because of a relatively new pest - the soybean aphid. This invasive bug arrived from Asia in 2000, and now...

Biodiversity is Topic for Pesek Colloquium Oct. 27-28 October 12th, 2009
AMES, Iowa - The ninth John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, which honors a retired Iowa State University agronomy professor, will be Oct. 27-28. Shahid Naeem, professor of ecology and chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and...

Ambassador Manatt to Present Deal Lecture at ISU Oct. 27 October 12th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — Charles Manatt, former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will present the 2009 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Oct. 27 at Iowa State University. Ambassador Manatt will present "Preparing Leaders to Meet Future...

Iowa State University Ag Career Day Oct. 13 at New Location September 21st, 2009
AMES, Iowa — The annual job fair hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is on track to equal the number of employers participating last year. Ag Career Day will be Oct. 13 at the Lied Recreation Center, a...

Deadline Approaching for New Conservation Stewardship Program September 18th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — Farm operators are facing a sign-up deadline of Sept. 30 for the new federal Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), according to Iowa State University economist Mike Duffy. The CSP is a program created by the 2008 Farm Bill that...

Extension Award Winners Recognized at Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Convocation September 16th, 2009
AMES, Iowa - Twenty Iowa State University faculty and staff who received an award from Iowa State University Extension in 2009 were recognized Sept. 16 at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences fall convocation. Jerry Miller, associate dean...

Iowa State Study Takes Broad Scope to Study Stover Harvest Effects on Yield, Soil, Climate September 15th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — Corn stover has been used for many years as bedding and food for livestock, as well as to nourish and protect soils. In recent years, the ubiquitous stalk, leaf and cob residue of corn plants left in fields after harvest has found a new...

Iowa State Economist Says 2009 Crop Year Is Mirror Image of 2008 September 15th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — The parallels between the 2009 crop season and the 2008 crop season are striking, said Chad Hart, Iowa State University assistant economics professor and extension economist. "This summer is closing out much like last summer for...

Four Finalists Named in Leopold Center Director Search September 10th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — Four finalists have been named in the search for a new director to lead the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. They are Heather Karsten, associate professor of crop and soil sciences at Pennsylvania...

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