2015 News & Featured Stories

Eggs and Poultry Safe to Eat, Iowa State University Food Safety Specialist Stresses April 21st, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Avian influenza does not impact the foods that consumers eat, says an Iowa State University food safety expert. “Consumers should feel safe to eat properly cooked and prepared meat and eggs from poultry,” said Angela Shaw, assistant...

Iowa State University Students Win Overall Prize at Judging Conference April 17th, 2015
NACTA teams members
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University student teams won the overall award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference April 8-10. The...

Distillers Grains Symposium Set for May 13 and 14 April 7th, 2015
Kurt Rostentrater portrait
AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, based at Iowa State University, will host its annual scientific meeting next month in Kansas City, Missouri. “The symposium will provide the latest information and issues on distillers...

Monsanto Pledges $100,000 to Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium March 31st, 2015
Monarch caterpillar picture
AMES, Iowa — Monsanto Co. has pledged $100,000 to Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to support the new Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, announced in early March, is a...

Animal Learning Day - April 11 March 31st, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club will host an animal learning day on April 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Learning Center, which is located at 2516 Mortensen Road in Ames. The learning day will...

Symposium to Focus on Whole Systems Approach to Global Food Security March 30th, 2015
Manjit Misra portrait
AMES, Iowa — The Global Food Security Consortium and the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University will welcome experts from around the world...

Ted Crosbie to Present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University April 1 March 20th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Ted Crosbie, retired vice president of Monsanto Co., will present the 2015 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture April 1 at Iowa State University. Crosbie, known for leading the establishment of one the...

Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing March 4th, 2015
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. City and university officials today (...

ISU Scientists Identify a Seed Treatment to Curtail Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome March 3rd, 2015
SDS project team
Ames, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University are leading a regional research project to identify farm management practices that help reduce Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. SDS is caused by a fungus that can destroy a small patch to...

Iowa State University Part of Land-Grant Impacts Website Launch March 3rd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — A website with examples of how Iowa and the country benefit from teaching, research and extension efforts at Iowa State University and the other nation’s land grant universities has been launched. “The Land-Grant Impacts website is...

New Consortium Launched to Conserve Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Iowa March 2nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s...

Iowa State Herbicide Guide Offers Strategies to Manage Resistant Weeds February 27th, 2015
Waterhemp
AMES, Iowa — Using herbicides that differ in the ways they kill weeds goes a long way to battling herbicide resistance, according to Iowa State University agronomists. Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen, professors of...

Iowa State Helps Develop App for Recording Pesticide Applications February 19th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Meeting state and federal pesticide record-keeping requirements can be as easy as pulling out a smartphone or tablet for producers and agribusinesses, thanks to an app Iowa State University helped develop. The...

Iowa State Student Selected to Attend 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program February 12th, 2015
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University student, Malcolm Smith, has been selected to attend the 2015 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum. The forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” will be held Feb. 19-20 in Arlington, Virginia. Only 30...

Iowa State University, North Central Iowa Research Association Set Educational Meeting February 11th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Nitrogen management, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture and a grain market outlook will highlight the March 12 annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association, which owns the...

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Improve Ag Policy in Ghana February 10th, 2015
John Beghin portrait
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has joined a partnership to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis and implementation in the African country of Ghana. The work is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)...

Lawrence Reappointed as Associate Dean and Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Director February 9th, 2015
John Lawrence portrait
John Lawrence has been reappointed to a second five-year term as associate dean for extension in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for agriculture and natural resources for Iowa State University...

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff February 6th, 2015
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff Feb. 5. The awards included: The Early Achievement in Teaching Award was presented to Cheryl Morris, an assistant professor in animal science....

Iowa State Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative Hosts Entrepreneur Agribusiness Executive Conference February 5th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – More than 40 agribusiness executives from across the nation participated in the annual Entrepreneurship Agribusiness Executive Conference hosted by the Iowa State Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative January 7-8. The conference...

Thomsen Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences January 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Jacob Thomsen, of Kalona, has been named the 2015 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Thomsen is an agronomic consultant with Sinclair Tractor. He received a bachelor’s of...

Iowa State University Collaborative Research Seeks to Increase Corn Production in Africa January 23rd, 2015
Suza photo
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agronomists have begun research to improve the drought tolerance and disease resistance of corn grown by farmers in Tanzania and sub-Saharan Africa. Thomas Lubberstedt and Walter Suza, professors in the Iowa...

Research Progress Reported by Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State January 22nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Two sets of progress reports are now available online for research projects funded through the Iowa Nutrient...

Iowa State University Agricultural Job Fair Set for Feb. 4 January 21st, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of the Agriculture Career Day at Iowa State University will bring 110 employers to campus Feb. 4 to recruit for full-time positions and summer internships. The job fair follows a bigger one last fall that drew a...

Iowa Soybean Research Center Names McGrath On-Farm Research and Extension Coordinator January 20th, 2015
Photo of McGrath
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University has named Clarke McGrath as the center’s on-farm research and extension coordinator. McGrath, a native of Afton, Iowa, has served 15 years as a field agronomist with ISU...

Iowa State University Announces Winners in Agricultural Business Plan Competition January 15th, 2015
AMES, Iowa -- Undergraduate and graduate students from 15 land-grant universities competed for $15,000 in cash awards at a new program developed by Iowa State University’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and sponsored by Stine Seed...

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