News Releases

Merschman Seeds Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

June 18th, 2020
Soybean plant
AMES, Iowa — Merschman Seeds, located in Westpoint, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Merschman Seeds provides financial support to the center and will...

Lubing donates egg conveyor system to new poultry facility

June 16th, 2020
Lubing Systems, LP logo
AMES, Iowa - A state-of-the-art egg conveyor system smoothly and efficiently transports eggs at Iowa State University’s new poultry teaching and research farm. The system, gifted by Lubing Systems, LP, headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn., assures...

New grant will help scientists advance human immune model in pigs

May 29th, 2020
Four researchers standing inside specialized biocontainment facility
AMES, Iowa – The strict regulations that govern medical research with human subjects often slow down the study of the human immune system. So generations of researchers have used models of various designs to simulate human systems. Scientists at...

Long-Running Iowa State University Research Documents Wetlands’ Water Quality Benefit

May 27th, 2020
Speaker with microphone in front of a wetland with a number of people in the audience
AMES, Iowa – Fifteen years of wetlands research by Iowa State University – a study thought to be the largest and longest running project of its kind in the country – clarifies their performance as highly beneficial systems for reducing nitrogen...

New Iowa State Web Hub Offers Resources to Track COVID-19’s Economic Impacts

May 20th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Tracking COVID-19’s economic impacts, especially in the state of Iowa, is now possible thanks to resources on a new web hub. The webpage “...

Iowa State University Agricultural Programs in Top 4% Worldwide for 2020

May 13th, 2020
Earlier this year it was announced Iowa State University’s agricultural programs rank in the top 4 percent worldwide among other agriculture and forestry institutions, according to the...

New Report Highlighting Value of Ag Innovation Features Iowa State University Research

May 7th, 2020
Cover of Innovation to Profit report
AMES, Iowa — A new national report on agricultural science, “Innovation to Profit: A Retaking the Field Publication, volume 5,” focuses on the importance of federally funded agricultural research to strengthen agriculture’s bottom line and...

Farmers, Landowners Help Advance Research by Iowa Nutrient Research Center

May 4th, 2020
Rob Stout speaking to field day group.
AMES, Iowa - The long-term success of water quality research often depends on private cooperators who work with scientists to fine-tune research questions and host field trials. “Farmers and landowners are important partners who help make it...

Spencer Donors Establish Scholarship for Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture Students

April 27th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Gary and Ann Holck of Spencer, Iowa, have established an endowed scholarship for students in Iowa State University’s Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA). The Gary and Ann Holck Graduate Scholarship in Sustainable...

Researchers Find Bee Virus Spreads by Altering Honey Bees’ Social Distancing Behavior

April 27th, 2020
Many bees on honeycomb
AMES, Iowa — A new study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University and the University of Illinois suggests a deadly virus attacking honey bees alters their behavior and physiology in ways that boost the virus’ ability to spread. The...

Gamma Sigma Delta honor society announces annual award winners

April 20th, 2020
Gamma Sigma Delta logo
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, has announced the winners of annual awards presented to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty, students and alumni. Typically...

New Study Projects Dramatic Losses for Iowa’s Hog and Ethanol Industries Due to Virus

April 16th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – A new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University projects economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak will mean steep losses for Iowa agriculture, including over $2 billion each for the hog and...

Iowa State University Researcher Finds Natural Compound Boosts Plants’ Freeze-tolerance

April 14th, 2020
headshot of Rajeev Arora
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University researcher has found an inexpensive, natural way to improve plants’ ability to tolerate freezing temperatures and boost their antioxidant levels. The chemical salicylic acid, or SA, can be traced back to...

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Presents Awards to Faculty and Staff

April 8th, 2020
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honored faculty and staff with awards for teaching, advising, research and extension. The award winners include: Teaching and Advising Awards...

Iowa State University Seed Science Center protecting $1.6 billion in seed exports during pandemic

April 3rd, 2020
Young man working in seed lab
AMES, Iowa – During the COVID-19 pandemic, the seed health experts at Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center are working diligently to provide stability to help protect $1.6 billion in annual seed exports by the U.S. seed industry. “The...

ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Names Carmen Bain as Associate Dean of Academic Innovation

April 2nd, 2020
AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State University sociology professor has been named the associate dean for academic innovation in Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Carmen Bain will lead the college’s Office of the Associate Dean for...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Invites New Proposals for Water Quality Research

March 30th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University seeks new proposals for research that can help landowners, farmers, agribusiness and others improve water quality by reducing...

Christen Burgett Receives Outstanding Young Teacher Award

March 30th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Christen Burgett, an Iowa State University associate teaching professor in animal science, received the Outstanding Young Teacher award from the American Society of Animal Science and the American Dairy Science Association at the 2020...

Innovative Iowa State University Scientist Advances Machine Learning as Tool for Crop Breeding

March 26th, 2020
Asheesh Singh with computer screens behind him
AMES, Iowa — Using machine learning to develop and utilize plant breeding tools that can deliver improved genetics to farmers faster is a dream of Asheesh (Danny) Singh, associate professor of...

ISU Professors Participate in LEAD21 Leadership Class in Washington, D.C.

March 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Three Iowa State University professors participated with 90 individuals nationwide to complete a LEAD21 leadership-development program in Washington, D.C., in February.  The faculty from Iowa State were Ajay Nair, associate...

Monarch Conservation Efforts Continue in Iowa

March 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Today the World Wildlife Fund and the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) released its 2019-2020 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately seven acres of forest...

Iowa State Researchers Explore Plant-Microbe Relationships for Drought Resiliency

March 10th, 2020
Gwyn Beattie in lab with soybean plants
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers are working to better understand how soybeans interact with the community of microbes living around their roots, and how these relationships may enhance the crop’s resiliency in the face of drought...

Iowa State’s Richard Gates Named Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor

March 9th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Richard Gates, director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University, has been named the Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor. Gates was presented with the professorship at a March 5 medallion ceremony hosted by Daniel J....

Iowa State Dedicates Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm

March 6th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University dedicated the new Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm south of Ames on March 5. The hallmarks of the new facility include dedicated spaces for teaching and research, and a welcome area where...

Crespi Named New Director for Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University

February 28th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa — John Crespi has been named director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. Crespi, a professor of economics, joined the faculty of Iowa State in 2015 and has served as the interim director of...