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Five Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty recognized for innovative teaching amid COVID-19

September 21st, 2020
Spring 2020 Teaching Innovation Award recipients
AMES, Iowa - With a mere 10 days advance notice, Iowa State faculty members last spring had to quickly convert their in-person classes to online formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extraordinary, creative efforts of a number of faculty to...

ISU Agriculture and Life Sciences Virtual Career Fair Set for Oct. 13-14

September 15th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host a virtual two-day Career Fair on Oct. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year students will have the opportunity to interact with companies and employers online through a...

Iowa State University Leads New Project to Build ‘Genome to Phenome’ Research Community Across Crops and Livestock

September 9th, 2020
Student punching holes in corn plant leaves for DNA testing
AMES, Iowa - A new federal grant will support an Iowa State University-led effort to spur development of a “genome to phenome” infrastructure for scientific collaboration across crops and livestock. The three-year, $960,000 project will provide...

Insect Zoo: Available to (virtually) come to a classroom near you

September 9th, 2020
Young girl watching millipede crawling on her arm during Live with Bugs program
With so many variations of in-person and online learning going on, staff at Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo don’t want students to miss out on the opportunity to learn about bugs. The Insect Zoo is offering virtual Live with Bugs programs...

Huff-Lonergan recognized for innovative teaching efforts

September 9th, 2020
Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan
AMES, Iowa - For Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, being able to share her knowledge of meat sciences with students is something she enjoys. Recently, she was recognized for the innovative teaching methods she uses in the classroom to help students learn...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Funds 11 New Water Quality Studies

September 1st, 2020
wetland in farm field under cloudy sky
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding for 11 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2020-2021. “This round of projects represents over $1.3 million for water quality research...

Media Advisory: Iowa State University Agronomist and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture to Discuss Fall Conservation Considerations, Cost-Share Programs, Cover Crops

September 1st, 2020
Joint media availability will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. AMES, Iowa – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agronomist Mark Licht and United States Department of...

Media Advisory: Iowa State University Grain Quality Expert, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture to Discuss How Drought, Derecho May Affect Grain Quality, Storage

August 27th, 2020
Joint media availability will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. AMES, Iowa – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach grain quality expert Charles Hurburgh will hold joint...

Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Offers Scholarships to Governor's Charity Steer Show Exhibitors

August 26th, 2020
Photo of Dan Thomson (Animal Science), Dan Robison (CALS) and youth exhibitor Carson Suchan showing Suchan's steer
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Department of Animal Science partnered with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council to host the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the...

Water Quality, Social Well-being Linkages Focus of Grant Opportunity

August 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Water Center and Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University will jointly fund research to explore the linkages between water quality and social well-being for Iowa communities. The research focus for this...

Iowa State Researchers Win Grant to Develop Plant Gene Editing Technique to Improve Switchgrass, Sorghum

August 25th, 2020
Field of switchgrass
AMES, Iowa – Conventional approaches to plant genome editing still require transformation techniques that present roadblocks for many crops. A new project supported by a two-year, $300,000 grant from the USDA Agriculture and Food Research...

AMVAC Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

August 24th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — AMVAC Chemical Corporation has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, AMVAC provides financial support to the center and will have a representative...

Kevin Kimle Receives Ted Bair CYstarters Mentorship Award

August 21st, 2020
AMES, Iowa ­– Kevin Kimle, director of the Iowa State University Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, received the Ted Bair...

Iowa State University Researchers Win Grant to Integrate Biological Models in Genomic Evaluation for Pig Growth

August 20th, 2020
Piglets laying together
AMES, Iowa - A research group led by Jack Dekkers, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University, has received a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to further genetic improvement of...

Media Advisory: Iowa State University Agronomists and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture to Provide Ag-Related Storm Damage Update at 3:30 p.m.

August 12th, 2020
AMES, IA – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agronomists Mark Licht and Meaghan Anderson will hold media availability at 3:30 p.m. today to provide an update...

Bees to provide honey, learning opportunities at Iowa State University's new apiary

July 28th, 2020
Male holding honeycomb covered with bees
Have you heard the buzz? Bees have taken up residence in Cyclone-colored hives at Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station north of Ames, where they will soon...

Iowa State University hosts online poultry internship program via the Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence

July 22nd, 2020
Robert T. and Arlene Hamilton Poultry and Research Teaching Farm building
AMES, Iowa - 2020 was a year of firsts for the Midwest Poultry Consortium’s Center of Excellence Scholarship and Internship Program - the first year it was hosted by Iowa State...

Researcher Selected for Lilly Award to Refine Novel Method for Finding RNA Drug Targets

July 20th, 2020
Modeled image of viral RNA generated by Moss Lab ScanFold method.
AMES, Iowa – A new research award from the Eli Lilly Research Award Program will fund a collaborative research project with Iowa State University scientists researching innovative methods for finding previously overlooked targets for drug...

Grant Supporting International Food Security Awarded to Iowa State University, Colorado State University

July 16th, 2020
Man at podium in front of banner with lettering
AMES, Iowa – Improving international food security is the focus of a grant awarded to researchers and educators working in plant breeding and genetic resources in Iowa State University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Colorado State...

Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club Receives National Awards

July 16th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club received four national awards from the National Block and Bridle Club this year. The awards were to be presented in April at the 100th National Block and Bridle Convention in Ames....

Iowa State University Joins International APSIM Initiative

July 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Department of Agronomy is the first North American entity to join the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) Initiative. The partnership converges advanced modeling technology from APSIM with...

CALS Students Selected as 2020 Cargill Global Scholars

July 7th, 2020
AMES, Iowa ­– Iowa State University students Rebecca Johnson and Lien Tran have been selected as 2020 Cargill Global Scholars. The prestigious Cargill Global Scholars Program is an international scholarship program that began in 2013 and offers...

Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report Shows Record Conservation Engagement by Iowans

July 1st, 2020
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy 2018-19 Annual Report Cover
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2018-2019 Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) annual report was released today by Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship...

Economic Analysis Shows How ISU Soybean Trials Generate Value for Farmers

June 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Field trials led by Iowa State University scientists saved farmers and seed companies millions of dollars by helping them select soybean varieties resistant to a major pest, according to a new economic analysis. The analysis was...

Legacy of Lifelong Pottawattamie County Resident to Provide Scholarships for Iowa State University Students in Agriculture and Life Sciences

June 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – An Iowa Century Farm donated by a lifelong Pottawattamie County resident, Barbara J. Green, to the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation in Council Bluffs, Iowa, will provide annual scholarships for students enrolled in the Iowa...