2012 News & Featured Stories Archive

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'Off the Charts' Placement Numbers Make Ag Business a Bankable Major for ISU Grads

August 21st, 2012
AMES, Iowa - In one of the toughest job markets for recent college graduates, a 100% placement rate is unusual for any major. But those are the job placement numbers for Iowa State University's agricultural business major spring 2012 graduates. The...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State University Licenses Technology on How Nematodes Attack Plants

August 14th, 2012
The Iowa State University Research Foundation and an agricultural biotechnology company have signed a license agreement to develop nematode-resistant plants. The agreement is based on Iowa State University's breakthrough research in deciphering how...

ISU Scientists' Research on Water Quality Receives Prestigious Award

August 13th, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- The Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis will be awarded to Iowa State University faculty members for their work on water quality preservation and restoration at the Agriculture and Applied Economics Association (...

Feed Energy Names Two ISU Students Excellence in Ag Scholars

August 6th, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- Feed Energy of Des Moines has named two Iowa State University students as scholarship recipients in its 2012 Excellence in Ag Scholarship Program. Bethany Olson and Colin Hurd will each receive a $2,500 scholarship from Feed Energy for...

Iowa State University Workshops to Promote Development of Biopolymers, Biocomposites and Plastics

August 3rd, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- This month Iowa State University hosts three workshops to bring together researchers and companies in the plastics and bioplastics industry. "The workshops focused on bioplastics will have speakers and attendees from around the world,...

Horticulture Professor to Present on North America's Agricultural Origins

August 3rd, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- A Purdue University horticulture professor will offer a glimpse of 16th century North American agriculture in a presentation on Aug. 14 at Iowa State University. Jules Janick, the James Troop distinguished professor of horticulture,...

Two Iowa State University Research Farms Have New Superintendents

July 25th, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- New superintendents take over today at two Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms. Myron Rees has been promoted to superintendent of the Southeast Research Farm near...

Iowa State Researcher Studies Interaction of Genes and Environment

July 24th, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University researcher Amy Toth finds the social interactions of the wasps she studies remarkably similar to those of humans. "In terms of social behavior, they're the most human-like insects," she said. "They live in small...

Iowa State University Associate Professors Presented Teaching Awards

July 23rd, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) last month honored two Iowa State University faculty members for their teaching ability. Curt Youngs, an associate professor of ...

Iowa State University Professor Honored by Chinese University

July 12th, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- John Downing, Iowa State University professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology and agricultural and biosystems engineering, was presented an honorary chair and professorship by China's Nanchang University. The chair is...

Iowa State Scientists Discover How Nematodes Attacks Plants

July 10th, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University plant pathologists have made a breakthrough in deciphering how plant-parasitic microscopic roundworms called cyst nematodes infect plants, like soybeans. "Cyst nematodes have learned to communicate with plant...

Media Advisory: Student Experience Featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Magazine

July 9th, 2012
AMES, Iowa -- The multifaceted student experience in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is featured in the latest issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Iowa State University. The alumni magazine showcases faculty, students...

Workshop Helps Instructors Teach About Energy and Agriculture

June 19th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — Teachers from around the country learned about renewable energy relating to agriculture last week at a workshop at Iowa State University. "The production and use of energy is one of the most rapidly changing technology areas in the...

Iowa State Researchers Explore Possible Causes of Honeybee Disappearance

June 11th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is taking a team approach in studying what is behind the disappearance of honeybees known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." Amy Toth, assistant professor in Iowa State's ecology, evolution and...

ISU-Led Project on Climate and Corn Cropping Systems Begins Second Year of Research

June 6th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University-led regional project has begun its second year of research examining long-term impacts of climate on Midwestern corn crops. "The Midwest's rich natural resources make it one of the most productive...

Iowa State Research Farm Field Days Begin with Anniversary Celebration June 21

June 6th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farm field days begin June 21 with a 25th anniversary celebration at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville. The farm was founded in 1987 by a group of...

ISU Dairy Farm to Celebrate Dairy Month June 8

May 23rd, 2012
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm will celebrate Dairy Month on June 8 from 6 to 11 a.m. The event is open to the public and will include tours of the barns from 6:30 — 10:30 a.m. The discovery center for children will open at 7 a.m...

Iowa Pork Producers Association Increases Support for ISU Agriculture Student Learning Center

May 14th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) has increased its support for a new student learning facility at Iowa State University. The association's $400,000 gift commitment — half announced last fall and the other half approved by...

USDA Awards Grant to Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

May 4th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University has received a $768,000 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support the center's work in policy analysis. The grant will...

Iowa State Graduates First Class of Global Resource Systems Students

May 1st, 2012
AMES, Iowa — Students in Iowa State University's Global Resource Systems program have provided input at United Nations conferences, given aid to refugees in Iowa and studied around the world with one objective — becoming globally engaged...

Iowa State NAMA Chapter Wins National Agri-Marketing Competition

April 25th, 2012
AMES, Iowa ­— The Iowa State National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) chapter won first place in the association's Student Marketing Team Competition, held in conjunction with the association's annual conference and trade show April 17-...

Iowa State University to Host World Food Prize's First Iowa Youth Institute

April 24th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — More than 130 Iowa high school students will visit Iowa State University April 30 to learn more about world hunger as part of the first World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute. "We are grateful that Iowa State University has...

ISU Fills Faculty Position in Economics of Cooperatives

April 23rd, 2012
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University faculty member will fill a research and extension position focused on the economics of cooperatives and working with Iowa cooperatives to address emerging issues. Keri Jacobs, an assistant professor of economics...

Awards Presented by Iowa State University Agriculture Honor Society

April 18th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — Awards were presented April 12 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students by the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta. Deborah Diersen-Schade...

Freezes Damage Vulnerable Fruit Crops Say Iowa State Horticulturists

April 11th, 2012
AMES, Iowa — The second night of cold temperatures across Iowa took a toll mostly on fruit crops, Iowa State University horticulture experts reported. Ajay Nair, extension vegetable specialist, noticed damage to fruit blossoms at the Horticulture...

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