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Research Helps Farmers Succeed with Prairie

April 2nd, 2019
Professor Laura Jackson shows off long prairie roots at a prairie field day
AMES, Iowa – More landowners are interested in planting strips of deep-rooted prairie within crop fields or on marginal land as an effective soil conservation and water quality practice. But they need reliable answers about the costs and benefits...

Newly Formed Iowa State University Club Takes Home State and National Awards

April 2nd, 2019
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Professional Agricultural Student Organization (PAS), that was formed just last year, has won national and state award competitions. “Iowa State has been attending PAS competitions for several years, but...

Iowa State University Featured in New Report Identifying How to Supercharge Ag Science

March 27th, 2019
Iowa State University swine genetic researchers Jack Dekkers and Chris Tuggle handling young pigs
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is highlighted in a new report issued today that shows how U.S. farmers—facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks—can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Invites Proposals for Water Quality Research

March 27th, 2019
Cattle grazing
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University is seeking new proposals for water-quality research that can help landowners reduce nitrate and phosphorus in the state’s waterways, one of Iowa’s most pressing concerns....

Pork Producers Collaborate with Iowa Researchers to Benefit Monarchs

March 25th, 2019
AMES, Iowa - Hog farmers are collaborating with Iowa State University to provide more habitat for monarch butterflies through on-farm research projects. Since 2015, farmer members of the Iowa Pork Producers Association have worked with...

Ken Isley to Present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University April 9

March 25th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Ken Isley, head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, will present the 2019 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture April 9 at Iowa State University. Isley will present, “The...

Iowa State University Animal Scientist Named Interim Director of Egg Industry Center

March 25th, 2019
Lamont portrait
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University poultry science researcher will be the new leader of the Egg Industry Center.  Susan J. Lamont, a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life...

Dietitian to Deliver Lecture March 25 on Nutrition and Sustainability at Iowa State University

March 19th, 2019
Tagtow in field
AMES, Iowa — A former executive director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion who co-led the development and launch of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will speak March 25 at Iowa State University. Angie Tagtow, a...

Soil Sustainability Subject of Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University March 28

March 12th, 2019
montgomery portrait
AMES, Iowa — David R. Montgomery, a professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, will speak about soil sustainability March 28 at Iowa State University. Montgomery will present the...

$500 Million in Public and Private Water Quality Funding Identified in Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report

March 4th, 2019
DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Progress Report is now available...

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust’s Commitment of $3.5 Million Will Advance Biomolecular Research at Iowa State University

February 28th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed more than $3.5 million to transform biomolecular research at Iowa State University, making it a leader in advanced electron microscopy technology. The Carver...

Iowa State University Researcher Receives Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award

February 27th, 2019
Ames, Iowa – The 2019 Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award has been presented to Steve Whitham, an Iowa State University plant pathology and microbiology professor.  Whitham is a co-leader in the development of the Enviratron system, which...

Burns-Thompson Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

February 15th, 2019
Dan Robison presents Elizabeth Burns-Thompson with a framed print as the 2019 Emerging Iowa Leader Award
AMES, Iowa – Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, of Altoona, has been named the 2019 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Burns-Thompson is regulatory affairs counsel for the Iowa Corn Growers...

Iowa State Researchers Honored for One of Year's Best Ag Engineering Innovations

February 11th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – A start-up company founded by two Iowa State University researchers is receiving a national honor for an invention named one of 2019’s best innovations in agricultural, food and biological engineering and technology. Manjit Misra...

New Monarch Numbers Encouraging: Conservation Efforts in Iowa Contribute to Long-term Recovery

February 1st, 2019
Monarch on milkweed plant.
AMES, Iowa — This week, the World Wildlife Fund released its 2018-2019 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered...

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Study No-till for Organic Grain Farmers

February 1st, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is part of a study to provide organic grain farmers more information about the best way to incorporate no-till agriculture into their production systems because they typically use tillage to manage weeds....

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty and Staff Awards

January 29th, 2019
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has honored faculty and staff with awards for teaching, advising, research and extension. The award winners include: Scott Smalley, an assistant professor in...

Iowa State Research Aims to Improve Next Generation of Bioreactors

January 24th, 2019
Professor Michelle Soupir (in purple jacket) working at Iowa State University bioreactor research site with students.
AMES, Iowa — On a cold day last fall, Iowa State University scientist Michelle Soupir and her team of graduate students shoveled out the woodchip-and-mud entrails of nine concrete-lined water-quality cells at the Agricultural Engineering and...

Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Fair Set for Feb. 6 at Iowa State University

January 24th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of the career fair sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is set for Feb. 6. The Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Career Day is a smaller version of the college’s...

Iowa State Agricultural Education Professor Receives Educational Honor

January 16th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – Robert Martin, an Iowa State University agricultural education and studies professor, was presented one of seven Iowa Nationwide Golden Owl Awards on Jan. 15. The new award was presented at Iowa State by Eddie Chestnut, the...

Iowa State University Study Shows Farmers Active in Watershed Groups More Likely to Plant Cover Crops

January 10th, 2019
Lush cover crop growing in corn stubble.
AMES, Iowa – Research by Iowa State University shows that active farmer involvement in watershed management groups and other conservation networks is key to adopting conservation practices like cover crops. The...

New Iowa State University Course Examines Changing Role of Women in U.S. Agriculture

December 18th, 2018
AMES, Iowa – A new class being offered at Iowa State University is the first to examine the history and changing roles of women in agriculture in the United States.   The course, which just wrapped up its first semester, used a sociological...

Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields

December 17th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting. Their “back of the napkin” discussion in 2010 led to...

Assistant Dean in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University Honored by Alma Mater

December 13th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — Hongwei Xin, assistant dean for research of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, was honored last month by the University of Nebraska. Xin, who also serves as director of the...

Charles Sukup Appointed to Faculty Position at Iowa State University

December 10th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — The president of Sukup Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield, Iowa, has been appointed to a faculty position in the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE...