News Releases

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 (...

ISU Scientists Identify a Seed Treatment to Curtail Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome

March 3rd, 2015
SDS project team
Ames, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University are leading a regional research project to identify farm management practices that help reduce Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. SDS is caused by a fungus that can destroy a small patch to...

Iowa State University Part of Land-Grant Impacts Website Launch

March 3rd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — A website with examples of how Iowa and the country benefit from teaching, research and extension efforts at Iowa State University and the other nation’s land grant universities has been launched. “The Land-Grant Impacts website is...

New Consortium Launched to Conserve Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Iowa

March 2nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s...

Iowa State Herbicide Guide Offers Strategies to Manage Resistant Weeds

February 27th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Using herbicides that differ in the ways they kill weeds goes a long way to battling herbicide resistance, according to Iowa State University agronomists. Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen, professors of...

Iowa State Helps Develop App for Recording Pesticide Applications

February 19th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Meeting state and federal pesticide record-keeping requirements can be as easy as pulling out a smartphone or tablet for producers and agribusinesses, thanks to an app Iowa State University helped develop. The...

Iowa State Student Selected to Attend 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program

February 12th, 2015
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University student, Malcolm Smith, has been selected to attend the 2015 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum. The forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” will be held Feb. 19-20 in Arlington, Virginia. Only 30...

Iowa State University, North Central Iowa Research Association Set Educational Meeting

February 11th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Nitrogen management, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture and a grain market outlook will highlight the March 12 annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association, which owns the...

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Improve Ag Policy in Ghana

February 10th, 2015
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AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has joined a partnership to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis and implementation in the African country of Ghana. The work is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)...

Lawrence Reappointed as Associate Dean and Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Director

February 9th, 2015
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John Lawrence has been reappointed to a second five-year term as associate dean for extension in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for agriculture and natural resources for Iowa State University...

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff

February 6th, 2015
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff Feb. 5. The awards included: The Early Achievement in Teaching Award was presented to Cheryl Morris, an assistant professor in animal science....

Iowa State Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative Hosts Entrepreneur Agribusiness Executive Conference

February 5th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – More than 40 agribusiness executives from across the nation participated in the annual Entrepreneurship Agribusiness Executive Conference hosted by the Iowa State Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative January 7-8. The conference...

Thomsen Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

January 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Jacob Thomsen, of Kalona, has been named the 2015 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Thomsen is an agronomic consultant with Sinclair Tractor. He received a bachelor’s of...

Iowa State University Collaborative Research Seeks to Increase Corn Production in Africa

January 23rd, 2015
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AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agronomists have begun research to improve the drought tolerance and disease resistance of corn grown by farmers in Tanzania and sub-Saharan Africa. Thomas Lubberstedt and Walter Suza, professors in the Iowa...

Research Progress Reported by Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State

January 22nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Two sets of progress reports are now available online for research projects funded through the Iowa Nutrient...

Iowa State University Agricultural Job Fair Set for Feb. 4

January 21st, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of the Agriculture Career Day at Iowa State University will bring 110 employers to campus Feb. 4 to recruit for full-time positions and summer internships. The job fair follows a bigger one last fall that drew a...

Iowa Soybean Research Center Names McGrath On-Farm Research and Extension Coordinator

January 20th, 2015
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AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University has named Clarke McGrath as the center’s on-farm research and extension coordinator. McGrath, a native of Afton, Iowa, has served 15 years as a field agronomist with ISU...

Iowa State University Announces Winners in Agricultural Business Plan Competition

January 15th, 2015
AMES, Iowa -- Undergraduate and graduate students from 15 land-grant universities competed for $15,000 in cash awards at a new program developed by Iowa State University’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and sponsored by Stine Seed...

New Tool Evaluates Options for Reducing Odors in Livestock Operations

December 22nd, 2014
AMES, Iowa — A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms. Air Management...

Farmland Values Fall from Historic High

December 18th, 2014
Ames, Iowa – Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre—a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre. Land values were determined by the Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for...

Gung-ho Globies finalists in Thought For Food Challenge

December 17th, 2014
They call themselves the Gung-ho Globies and appropriately so, the Iowa State University student team was chosen as one of 10 teams worldwide to compete for $10,000 in seed money for developing an innovative idea to feed the world. Team members...

Strategies Offered by Iowa AgState to Help Farmers Capture Value from ‘Big Data’

December 16th, 2014
Ankeny, Iowa — Leading Iowa farm organizations, agribusinesses, state government and Iowa State University have developed comprehensive action steps to help harness the power of agricultural data to the benefit of farmers. “...

Beermann to Lead Animal Science Department at Iowa State University

December 10th, 2014
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AMES, Iowa — Animal scientist Donald Beermann has been named the chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Beermann, a former animal science professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will begin his new duties Jan...

Iowa Land Value Survey News Conference Set for Dec. 18

December 4th, 2014
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AMES, Iowa — A news conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 announcing the results of the 2014 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. The news conference will take...

Online Tool Helps Farmers with Nitrogen Application Decisions

December 4th, 2014
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AMES, Iowa — A federally funded climate initiative, that includes Iowa State University, has launched a new online decision support tool to help farmers and farm advisers manage the application of in-field nitrogen for maximizing crop yields and...