2014 News & Featured Stories

New Tool Evaluates Options for Reducing Odors in Livestock Operations December 22nd, 2014
AMES, Iowa — A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms. Air Management...

Farmland Values Fall from Historic High December 18th, 2014
Ames, Iowa – Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre—a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre. Land values were determined by the Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for...

Gung-ho Globies finalists in Thought For Food Challenge December 17th, 2014
They call themselves the Gung-ho Globies and appropriately so, the Iowa State University student team was chosen as one of 10 teams worldwide to compete for $10,000 in seed money for developing an innovative idea to feed the world. Team members...

Strategies Offered by Iowa AgState to Help Farmers Capture Value from ‘Big Data’ December 16th, 2014
Ankeny, Iowa — Leading Iowa farm organizations, agribusinesses, state government and Iowa State University have developed comprehensive action steps to help harness the power of agricultural data to the benefit of farmers. “...

Beermann to Lead Animal Science Department at Iowa State University December 10th, 2014
Beermann portrait
AMES, Iowa — Animal scientist Donald Beermann has been named the chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Beermann, a former animal science professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will begin his new duties Jan...

Iowa Land Value Survey News Conference Set for Dec. 18 December 4th, 2014
Duffy portrait
AMES, Iowa — A news conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 announcing the results of the 2014 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. The news conference will take...

Online Tool Helps Farmers with Nitrogen Application Decisions December 4th, 2014
Chad Hart portrait
AMES, Iowa — A federally funded climate initiative, that includes Iowa State University, has launched a new online decision support tool to help farmers and farm advisers manage the application of in-field nitrogen for maximizing crop yields and...

Iowa State University Research Featured in Special Climate Issue of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation December 4th, 2014
Journal cover
AMES, Iowa — Climate change and agriculture is the focus of the latest Journal of Soil and Water Conservation with most of the papers in the issue authored all or in-part by researchers and graduate students participating in the USDA-funded...

ISU to Lead New Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites December 3rd, 2014
David Grewell portrait
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents today approved the National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. The center’s research will develop knowledge about the production of...

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Creates Research Discovery Endowment for Instrumentation at Iowa State University December 3rd, 2014
The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed $1.5 million to Iowa State University to create a research discovery endowment for instrumentation in the Roy J. Carver Department...

Registration Open for 2015 Entrepreneurial Agribusiness Executive Conference at Iowa State University December 1st, 2014
AMES, Iowa –– Registration is open for the 2015 Entrepreneurship Agribusiness Executive Conference, hosted by Iowa State University’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. The conference is designed for decision makers in agribusiness. The...

Hipple Named Director of Iowa State University Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods December 1st, 2014
Patricia Hipple photo
AMES, Iowa — A national program leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been named the new director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods at Iowa State University. Patricia Hipple starts her new duties on Dec. 8. She has...

100 Years of Making Forestry Curriculum Real and Relevant November 24th, 2014
2014 Forestry Camp Group Photo
AMES, Iowa — Making forestry curriculum relevant and applying land management concepts and skills to real-world situations has been the role of Iowa State University’s annual forestry camp since 1914. “What’s really cool is that students learn...

ISU Part of Team Honored for Excellence in Multistate Water Conservation Research November 3rd, 2014
Amy Kaleita portrait
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is part of a team of 20 land-grant universities that has received a national award for water conservation research. The 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award was presented to...

Animal Science Professor Earns National USDA Teaching Award October 31st, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty member has received the annual U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agricultural Sciences Regional Excellence in Teaching Award. Curtis Youngs was one of...

Pesek Receives American Society of Agronomy Presidential Award, Honored With Portrait in Agronomy Hall October 23rd, 2014
(Editor’s note: Photos of John Pesek, the award presentation and portrait are available by contacting Melea Reicks Licht.) AMES, Iowa — The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) has announced John Pesek, Charles F. Curtiss...

Max Morris Named Chair of the Department of Statistics at Iowa State October 22nd, 2014
Max Morris is the new chair of the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University. He succeeds Kenneth Koehler, University Professor, who served as chair since 2003 and remains on the faculty. The...

College of Agriculture and LIfe Sciences Scholarships Awarded October 22nd, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University recognized its scholarship recipients for the 2014-15 academic year. The college and its departments award more than $2 million in scholarships each year....

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alums Honored October 22nd, 2014
(Editor’s note: Photos of award winners are available by contacting Melea Reicks Licht.) AMES, Iowa—The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa...

ISU Corn Stover Training Paying Off for Iowa Small Businesses and Startup Companies October 16th, 2014
Corn stover bales are loaded on a truck.
AMES, Iowa — In the cornfields of central Iowa, employees of newly created, small, local businesses are preparing and collecting corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions...

Farmers Share Entrepreneurial Lessons at Iowa State Event October 16th, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted their third annual Farmer Entrepreneur Panel at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center on Sept. 17. During the panel discussion students...

ISU Animal Scientist Presented Lloyd L. Anderson Endowed Professorship in Physiology October 13th, 2014
Jason Ross in the lab
AMES, Iowa — Jason Ross, an Iowa State University associate professor of animal science, was presented the Lloyd L. Anderson Endowed Professorship in Physiology to recognize his contributions to the field...

ISU Extension Scheduling Farm Bill - Program Overview Meetings October 10th, 2014
AMES, Iowa — Iowa farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) at informational meetings conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and...

Iowa State University Soil Judging Team Wins Regional Competition October 7th, 2014
ISU Soil Judging Team
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Soil Judging Team won the Region 5 Collegiate Soil Judging contest held here Oct. 2. ISU hosted the contest, which was authorized by the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America....

Agriculture Career Day Attracts Record Number of Recruiters September 29th, 2014
AMES, Iowa — Agriculture Career Day, set for Oct. 14 at Iowa State University, is expected to bring more than 250 employers, a record number recruiting for jobs in agriculture and...

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