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The Fight Against Foodborne Illnesses

February 24th, 2020
Angela Shaw with colleagues in apple orchard
AMES, Iowa - Nearly half – 46 percent – of the nation’s foodborne illness outbreaks are linked to eating fruits, vegetables or nuts. An Iowa State University team of researchers and Extension and Outreach professionals are working with Midwest...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Launches Online Water Quality Research Map

February 18th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa — A new, online Iowa water quality research map has been launched by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The “zoomable” map, at

Youngs Named Ensminger International Chair

February 12th, 2020
Curt Youngs
AMES, Iowa - Curt Youngs, professor of animal science, has been named the newest Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture, effective Feb. 1. He is the third faculty member in Iowa State’s Department of Animal Science to hold...

NEW Cooperative Contributes to Iowa State University’s New Feed Mill

February 12th, 2020
NEW Cooperative Inc. logo
AMES, Iowa – NEW Cooperative has committed a $350,000 gift to Iowa State University’s feed mill and grain science complex, the latest organization to commit to the facility. “We are so thankful for NEW Cooperative’s generosity in financially...

Handsaker Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

February 11th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Jacob Handsaker, of Radcliffe, Iowa, has been named the 2020 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Handsaker, a farmer in Hardin and Story counties and co-owner of Hands-On...

Iowa State Animal Researchers Explore Better Handling Tools for Non-Ambulatory Swine

January 29th, 2020
What do producers do when livestock are not able to walk, due to illness or injury? This problem has not had an easy solution, though that may change soon, thanks to researchers at Iowa State University. National standards for humane management...

Beattie Named Interim Chair of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University

January 28th, 2020
Gwyn Beattie
Gwyn Beattie has been named interim chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University. Beattie, the Robert Earle...

Scholarship Fund Set Up to Honor Retiring Iowa State University Agricultural Education and Studies Professor

January 21st, 2020
Robert Martin
AMES, Iowa – The Robert A. Martin agricultural education and studies scholarship fund was set up to honor Robert Martin, a retiring professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Martin began his teaching career in Nigeria and...

ISU’s Leopold Center Awards Sustainability Scholarships to Iowa Undergraduates

January 21st, 2020
Maia Lawson and Kavita Jain in snowy scene
Proposals from five undergraduates representing Iowa State University, Drake University, Grinnell College and the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded funding in the first round of a new scholarship program supported by the Leopold Center...

Iowa State Survey Shows Farm Owners Make Small Increases in Conservation

January 13th, 2020
Cover of land tenure report.
A survey of Iowa landowners conducted by Iowa State University suggests that adoption of conservation practices has increased slightly since 2012, and that ongoing trends in land ownership and management are likely barriers to a number of...

INRC Launches Spring Seminar Series on “Water Research Past, Present and Future”

January 10th, 2020
UPDATE: Seminars scheduled for March and April will not take place due to campus efforts to reduce the potential for COVID-19 exposure. INRC plans to reschedule the presentation (details to be announced).  The ...

Daniel Thomson Selected as New Chair of Animal Science at Iowa State University

January 7th, 2020
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Daniel Thomson has been named the new chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson is an internationally known leader, researcher and instructor in animal health...

Jay Harmon Named Associate Dean for Extension in ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

January 6th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Jay Harmon was named the associate dean for extension and outreach programs and director of Agriculture and Natural Resources...

ISU’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Announces New Round of Scholarships for Iowa Undergraduates

December 18th, 2019
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture logo
AMES, IA – Junior and senior undergraduates at Iowa four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals to apply for the second round of the sustainability scholarship program sponsored by the...

Iowa State University Students Select Milleman Family Mentorship Award Winners

December 16th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – The Milleman Family Mentorship Award was presented to Marshall Ruble and Dick Schultz for their work in advising students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. The award is sponsored by Jane and...

Iowa State University Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor Receives Regional USDA Teaching Award

December 9th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – Kevin Schalinske, an Iowa State University food science and human nutrition professor, was named one of five 2019 regional winners of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Awards....

New Insights on Honey Bee Health in Ag Landscapes from Iowa Study

November 25th, 2019
Honey bee hovering over red clover bloom
AMES, Iowa — Honey bees are facing tough times.  Colonies of these pollinators are being lost at an unprecedented rate, and some are blaming farming practices, in particular, the intensive corn and soybean production systems in the Midwest. New...

Iowa State University Researchers Contribute to Call for Global Interventions to Reduce Food Waste

November 21st, 2019
Cover of report, Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Ten Interventions to Scale Impact
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers contributed to the recently released report, "...

Multi-purpose Oxbows Make the Grade for Nutrient Reduction

November 14th, 2019
Illustration shows four stages of oxbow formation
New research shows that “multi-purpose oxbows” can effectively reduce nitrate-nitrogen, earning them a spot in the Iowa Nutrient Research Strategy’s menu of conservation options. Oxbows are floodplain wetlands that form when a stream or river...

Iowa State University Professor Honored for Research Leadership

November 11th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — The senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University has been honored for his leadership in promoting national research initiatives. Joe Colletti, who also serves as associate director...

Iowa State University Emeritus Professor Honored by Estate Planners’ Professional Organization

November 8th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Neil Harl, retired Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, has been honored by a national organization of estate planners. Harl was elected to the National Association...

Acevedo Awarded George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award

November 4th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – A student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University received the George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award. Cody Acevedo is a senior in animal ecology from Watertown, Wisconsin....

Iowa State University Names New Director of Egg Industry Center

October 31st, 2019
headshot of Richard Gates
AMES, Iowa — Richard Gates has been named director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University. Gates, currently a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will start his new...

Leopold Center Selects Farmer Researcher Paul Mugge for Spencer Award

October 30th, 2019
Paul Mugge in field speaking to field day group
AMES, IA – Sutherland farmer Paul Mugge has been selected as the 2019 winner of the Spencer Award, presented by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture...

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Honored

October 29th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Iowa State University Alumni Association presented awards at the annual...