2015 News & Featured Stories Archive

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Iowa State University Workshop Engages Instructors to Teach about Energy and Agriculture

August 7th, 2015
AMES, Iowa –Teachers from across the U.S. learned about agriculture and renewable energy in a workshop at Iowa State University on July 7-10. “The production and use of energy is one of the most rapidly changing areas of technology, and it can...

New Staff Join Iowa State University Northern Research Farm

August 6th, 2015
Schnabel portrait
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm has a new manager and a new staff member. Matt Schnabel has been named...

Iowa State University Ag Business Club Wins 11th AAEA Outstanding Club Award

August 4th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Ag Business Club brought back both the Outstanding Club and Creative Club Awards from a national competition. The SS-AAEA or the Student Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association has...

Iowa State University Professor Honored by American Phytopathological Society

August 3rd, 2015
Baum portrait
AMES, Iowa — The American Phytopathological Society has presented a prestigious research award to Iowa State University plant pathology professor Thomas Baum. Baum was honored Aug. 1 with the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in...

Soybean Cyst Nematodes Overcoming Common Management Tool

July 27th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — A common tool used to manage a destructive soybean pest is losing its effectiveness, an Iowa State University plant pathologist warned. “I have observed a slow but steady decrease in effectiveness of PI 88788 resistance against the...

Iowa State Seeks Research Proposals For Tracking Water Quality Progress

July 1st, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is seeking research proposals for a partnership to improve the ability to track progress on reducing the movement of nutrients from farm fields. The 2015 Iowa Legislature approved, and Governor Branstad signed...

Canadian Gift Will Help Fund Avian Influenza Research

June 15th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Egg Farmers of Canada has committed $500,000 for avian influenza research to be awarded to and administered by the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University....

Bugs Will Star at Insect Zoo Open House July 1 at Iowa State University

June 8th, 2015
Mitchell with millipede
AMES, Iowa — All things buggy will be on display July 1 when the Iowa State University Insect Zoo hosts an open house. “ ‘Come Get Your Bug On’ is the theme of the Insect Zoo's open house,”...

Research Reports from Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Online

June 4th, 2015
Research farm map
AMES, Iowa — Results from dozens of research projects conducted last year at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms are available in reports online. The reports include results from projects dealing mostly with crop production,...

ISU Team KinoSol Awarded $40,000 for Solar Food Dehydrator Innovation

June 3rd, 2015
AMES, Iowa - An Iowa State University student team has won $40,000 in awards for a mobile solar food dehydrator built to help subsistence farmers in developing countries. Iowa State University Team KinoSol won $35,000 after competing in an...

Iowa State University Research Farm Summer Field Days Focus on Crops

June 3rd, 2015
Field day tour
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms summer field days begin June 23 with a variety of topics focused on crop production. Anyone is welcome to attend Iowa State field days, which take place rain or shine. Field...

Iowa State University Names New Sociology Department Chair

June 2nd, 2015
Chester Britt portrait
AMES, Iowa — Chester Britt, dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, has been named chair of the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University. Britt will...

Iowa State University Names Economics Department Chair

June 2nd, 2015
Joshua Rosenbloom portrait
AMES, Iowa — Joshua Rosenbloom, a professor of economics at the University of Kansas, has been named the chair of the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. Rosenbloom will begin his duties...

Gift to Iowa State Research Farm Expands Crop Research

May 22nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms will begin new crop row spacing trials thanks to a recent gift from local partners in Northwest Iowa. The Northwest Research Farm near Sutherland has been outfitted with a...

Iowa State University Seeks to Develop Pig to Benefit Human Medical Therapies

May 21st, 2015
Chris Tuggle portrait
AMES, Iowa — A National Institutes of Health grant of $2.5 million will fund Iowa State University research to develop a line of pigs with an immune system that is uniquely suited to testing medical therapies for people. Four years ago, in work...

ISU Dairy Farm Open House June 5

May 20th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm will celebrate dairy month with its seventh annual open house on June 5 from 6 - 11 a.m. at the ISU Dairy Farm, located south of Ames. Milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt are a few of the samples...

Gift from The Nelson Foundation Supports Food Science Lab Renovation at Iowa State University

May 13th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — A gift from The Nelson Foundation will make possible the renovation of the Food Science teaching laboratory at Iowa State University. The Nelson Foundation’s support will transform a 1,950-square-foot teaching laboratory into a...

Egg Industry Center Looking to Fund AI Research

May 12th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University is seeking pre-proposals to fund research related to the current avian influenza (AI) outbreak. “Each year the center releases a request...

Growth in Career Opportunities for Iowa State Agriculture Students Mirrors National Report

May 11th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University career specialist who contributed to a national five-year agricultural employment report says the outlook is bright for jobs related to food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment. “It’...

Identical Twins Take Same College and Career Paths

May 7th, 2015
Fichters baseball pic
AMES, Iowa — It will be hard to stifle a double take when Adam and Austin Fichter accept their diplomas Saturday at the Iowa State University commencement. The identical twins will each be graduating magna cum laude with identical majors, or...

2015 Awards Presented by Iowa State University Agriculture Honor Society

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta, presented awards April 23 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students. Maynard Hogberg, professor...

Iowa State University Soil Productivity Rating System Updated

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have released the equation for calculating Iowa’s Corn Suitability Ratings, the updated soil productivity index for the state’s soils. The updated Corn Suitability Rating 2 (CSR2) provides an index...

Milkweed Planting Encouraged on Iowa CRP Acres to Improve Monarch Habitat

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa farmers and landowners are encouraged to consider planting milkweed, the habitat of monarch butterflies, on their land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The...

Iowa State University’s Agriculture and Veterinary Programs Ranked Among Top in the World

April 29th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s programs in agriculture and forestry and in veterinary science have been ranked among the world’s best by a British organization’s latest ratings. For the third straight year, Iowa State was ranked in the top...

Iowa State University Studying Water Storage to Benefit Crops, Waterways

April 28th, 2015
Capture and use system diagram
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is partnering with researchers at seven other land-grant universities to examine the economic and environmental benefits and costs of storing water from farm drainage systems for crops to use later and to reduce...