News Releases

Research Reports from Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Online

June 4th, 2015
Research farm map
AMES, Iowa — Results from dozens of research projects conducted last year at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms are available in reports online. The reports include results from projects dealing mostly with crop production,...

ISU Team KinoSol Awarded $40,000 for Solar Food Dehydrator Innovation

June 3rd, 2015
AMES, Iowa - An Iowa State University student team has won $40,000 in awards for a mobile solar food dehydrator built to help subsistence farmers in developing countries. Iowa State University Team KinoSol won $35,000 after competing in an...

Iowa State University Research Farm Summer Field Days Focus on Crops

June 3rd, 2015
Field day tour
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms summer field days begin June 23 with a variety of topics focused on crop production. Anyone is welcome to attend Iowa State field days, which take place rain or shine. Field...

Iowa State University Names New Sociology Department Chair

June 2nd, 2015
Chester Britt portrait
AMES, Iowa — Chester Britt, dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, has been named chair of the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University. Britt will...

Iowa State University Names Economics Department Chair

June 2nd, 2015
Joshua Rosenbloom portrait
AMES, Iowa — Joshua Rosenbloom, a professor of economics at the University of Kansas, has been named the chair of the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. Rosenbloom will begin his duties...

Gift to Iowa State Research Farm Expands Crop Research

May 22nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms will begin new crop row spacing trials thanks to a recent gift from local partners in Northwest Iowa. The Northwest Research Farm near Sutherland has been outfitted with a...

Iowa State University Seeks to Develop Pig to Benefit Human Medical Therapies

May 21st, 2015
Chris Tuggle portrait
AMES, Iowa — A National Institutes of Health grant of $2.5 million will fund Iowa State University research to develop a line of pigs with an immune system that is uniquely suited to testing medical therapies for people. Four years ago, in work...

ISU Dairy Farm Open House June 5

May 20th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm will celebrate dairy month with its seventh annual open house on June 5 from 6 - 11 a.m. at the ISU Dairy Farm, located south of Ames. Milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt are a few of the samples...

Gift from The Nelson Foundation Supports Food Science Lab Renovation at Iowa State University

May 13th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — A gift from The Nelson Foundation will make possible the renovation of the Food Science teaching laboratory at Iowa State University. The Nelson Foundation’s support will transform a 1,950-square-foot teaching laboratory into a...

Egg Industry Center Looking to Fund AI Research

May 12th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University is seeking pre-proposals to fund research related to the current avian influenza (AI) outbreak. “Each year the center releases a request...

Growth in Career Opportunities for Iowa State Agriculture Students Mirrors National Report

May 11th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University career specialist who contributed to a national five-year agricultural employment report says the outlook is bright for jobs related to food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment. “It’...

Identical Twins Take Same College and Career Paths

May 7th, 2015
Fichters baseball pic
AMES, Iowa — It will be hard to stifle a double take when Adam and Austin Fichter accept their diplomas Saturday at the Iowa State University commencement. The identical twins will each be graduating magna cum laude with identical majors, or...

Awards Presented by Iowa State University Agriculture Honor Society

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta, presented awards April 23 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students. Maynard Hogberg, professor...

Iowa State University Soil Productivity Rating System Updated

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have released the equation for calculating Iowa’s Corn Suitability Ratings, the updated soil productivity index for the state’s soils. The updated Corn Suitability Rating 2 (CSR2) provides an index...

Milkweed Planting Encouraged on Iowa CRP Acres to Improve Monarch Habitat

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa farmers and landowners are encouraged to consider planting milkweed, the habitat of monarch butterflies, on their land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The...

Iowa State University’s Agriculture and Veterinary Programs Ranked Among Top in the World

April 29th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s programs in agriculture and forestry and in veterinary science have been ranked among the world’s best by a British organization’s latest ratings. For the third straight year, Iowa State was ranked in the top...

Iowa State University Studying Water Storage to Benefit Crops, Waterways

April 28th, 2015
Capture and use system diagram
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is partnering with researchers at seven other land-grant universities to examine the economic and environmental benefits and costs of storing water from farm drainage systems for crops to use later and to reduce...

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 (...