Rouse Named Interim Director of Iowa Crop Improvement Association

June 27th, 2007

AMES, Iowa — Jim Rouse has been named the interim director of the Iowa Crop Improvement Association.

The nonprofit Iowa Crop Improvement Association is the official seed certifying agency for the state of Iowa, with headquarters in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University.

On July 1, Rouse will assume the responsibilities of Del Koch, who is retiring from the position after four years. Koch will continue to serve as the executive director of the Committee for Agricultural Development, a nonprofit affiliate organization of Iowa State.

Rouse, a native of Ayrshire, Iowa, has been project leader for the association's Iowa Crop Performance Tests since 2005. Each year the tests measure yields of hundreds of varieties of corn and soybeans in multiple locations around Iowa to help growers identify high-performance lines. Tests also are conducted on alfalfa and small grain crops.

Rouse was a graduate research assistant in Iowa State University's corn breeding program from 2001 to 2004. From 1995 to 2001, he worked in the commercial seed industry. He earned a Ph.D. in plant breeding and a master's degree in entomology, both at ISU.

The Iowa Crop Improvement Association's mission is to provide an unbiased source of service and education in production and quality assurance for Iowa agricultural crops. Founded in 1902, the association has provided seed production and crop performance testing services for 87 years. The association's membership is composed of farmers, seed producers and others interested in crop improvement. Lee Huey of Ames currently is president of the nine-member board of directors. The Iowa Crop Improvement Association supports the Iowa State University Crops Team, sponsors the Iowa FFA Agronomy Career Development event, offers a summer internship program and awards five annual scholarships to ISU undergraduates.


im Rouse, Iowa Crop Improvement Association, (515) 294-5604,
Brian Meyer, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications, (515) 294-0706,