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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni honored for distinguished service

April 7th, 2021
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Iowa State University Alumni Association presented awards to the 2020 class of distinguished honorees during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, April 7...

Media Advisory: ISU experts available to comment on spring planting

April 5th, 2021
Young corn plant in a field
AMES, Iowa – Higher market prices, dry conditions in some stretches of the state and the lingering effects of last year’s derecho are just a few of the trends Iowa State University agriculture experts are tracking as we move closer to the prime...

Emerging drainage water recycling practice could improve yields, water quality

April 5th, 2021
Illustration showing drainage water recycling system with overhead pivot irrigation and reservoir
AMES, Iowa — Drainage water recycling (DWR) is a drainage management system designed to capture water during wet periods so it can be used later when growing crops are thirsty. Versions of DWR have been around for years, but adoption has...

Professional Agricultural Student Club earns top placings at state, national competitions

March 30th, 2021
Iowa State University Professional Agricultural Student Club members Ashley Lohmann, Rosie Roberts, Cassie Hosek, Hayley Jackson and Payton Dvorak.
AMES, Iowa – The move to a virtual competition format did not stop members of Iowa State University’s Professional Agricultural Student (PAS) Club from bringing home several top state and national awards from recent competitions. National...

Thamodaran to present Hertz Lecture April 12

March 29th, 2021
Dhamu Thamodaran standing in front of Curtiss Hall at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa – Dhamu Thamodaran, retired executive vice president, chief strategy officer and chief commodity hedging officer for Smithfield Foods, will present the...

Toth presented Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award

March 25th, 2021
Amy Toth standing in a lab at Iowa State University
The 2021 Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award has been presented to Amy Toth, associate professor...

Research challenges assumptions of genetics controlling leaf arrangement in sorghum

March 24th, 2021
3 images of sorghum at full height in the field
AMES, Iowa – Findings from an Iowa State University research team challenge previous understanding of the genetic control of traits associated with a “smart canopy” in sorghum. Leaf angle has been an important trait manipulated to enhance yield...

Gift from Farm Credit Services of America fosters student innovation at Iowa State

March 23rd, 2021
Kevin Kimle instructs students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences classroom in the Student Innovation Center
AMES, Iowa – A gift from Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) will promote College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student innovation in the new Student Innovation Center at Iowa State University. The $250,000 gift will help support...

Secretary Naig honors ISU Meats Laboratory, Iowa food banks with 2021 Ag Leaders Awards

March 22nd, 2021
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig pictured standing with members of the Iowa State University Meats Laboratory.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today the recipients of the 2021 Secretary’s Iowa Ag Leader Awards, which are given to people and organizations that make exceptional contributions to the state’s agriculture...

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents awards to faculty and staff

March 22nd, 2021
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honored faculty and staff with awards in teaching, advising, research, extension and outreach, diversity and global engagement during a virtual ceremony March 22....

Iowa State University agricultural programs again among top 4% worldwide

March 19th, 2021
Donald Sakaguchi speaking to two female students in a research lab on Iowa State University's campus.
For the eighth year in a row, Iowa State University’s agricultural programs have been named to the top 4 percent worldwide among other agriculture and forestry institutions, according to the...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center seeks new water quality research proposals

March 15th, 2021
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is accepting new proposals for research that seek to improve water quality by reducing nitrate and phosphorus in Iowa’s waterways. This week the center begins accepting proposals for water quality...

Iowa State University's Terry Houser named Smithfield Foods Chair in Meat Science Extension

March 1st, 2021
Combined image, showing Professor Emeritus of Animal Science Joe Cordray on one side, and Terry Houser and his wife on the other
AMES, Iowa – Terry Houser, associate professor and extension meat specialist at Iowa State University, has been named the Smithfield Foods Chair in Meat Science Extension. Houser was presented with the chair at a February 25 medallion ceremony...

Size of monarch overwintering population underscores continued need for conservation in the Midwest and North America

February 26th, 2021
AMES, Iowa — The World Wildlife Fund, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve released the 2020-2021 overwintering monarch population report on Feb. 25, 2021. Adult monarch butterflies covered...

Iowa State University Department of Animal Science announces gifts of equipment for the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Facility

February 25th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science has received several gifts to operationalize the pedigree room in the...

Iowa State researchers study effects of cellulosic feedstocks for ethanol production

February 25th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – A new Iowa State University study considers an increase of growing cellulosic feedstocks for ethanol production and the effect it could have on land use and water quality, specifically nitrogen loss, in the Mississippi Atchafalaya...

Thompson awarded for uprooting traditional learning and replanting it online

February 23rd, 2021
Grant Thompson standing by evergreen tree, talking to students
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Thompson, assistant professor of horticulture, developed a comprehensive virtual learning option for his plant identification course. Students were able to learn in-...

Iowa State Beef Teaching Farm manager Bruene recognized for cow-calf BQA award

February 15th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – David Bruene, manager of the Beef Teaching Farm at Iowa State University, was recently awarded the 2020 Cow-Calf Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award from the Iowa Beef...

Researchers find losses of nutrients, greenhouse gases from poorly drained depressions higher than predicted

February 11th, 2021
wet spot in farm field with cloudy sky above
AMES, Iowa — With the help of an innovative new monitoring system, Iowa State researchers looking at nitrogen and phosphorus losses to water and the atmosphere are able to pinpoint nutrient fluxes better than many previous studies. In the process...

New minor prepares students to address diverse health issues around the world

February 3rd, 2021
Betsy Matos speaking with two male students in her Global Health Disparities class.
Students interested in a career in human health will benefit from the new global health minor being offered at Iowa State University. Betsy Matos, assistant teaching professor of...

Iowa State Student Selected for NIH Fellowship to Expand the Druggable Human Genome

January 27th, 2021
Warren Rouse headshot
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University graduate student Warren Rouse has been selected to receive a prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein...

Students, faculty find success in first offering of winter session

January 22nd, 2021
Virginia Hanson
With an extended winter break, some Iowa State University students took advantage of the opportunity to get ahead on credits by taking a winter session course. More than 140 students enrolled in the six...

New online graduate certificate program offered in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology

January 19th, 2021
Noe Gomez
Many students studying within the biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology department at Iowa State University will further their education after receiving their bachelor’s degree. While graduate school is an option, the department also...

CALS faculty, staff, students recognized for exceptional efforts during COVID-19

January 15th, 2021
A number of faculty, staff and students from within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently earned recognition by Iowa State University for their exceptional efforts to respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A...

Harris named new chair of Iowa State University Departments of Plant Pathology, Microbiology and Entomology

December 16th, 2020
Steven Harris
AMES, Iowa – Steven Harris will be the next chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University effective by April 1. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management will...