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Iowa Dairy Industry Sets Development Goal

March 21st, 2005
There were 6,080 dairy herds in Iowa in 1990. By 2004, that number had dropped to 2,410. Now several groups interested in Iowa's dairy industry are working together to reverse that downward trend. A meeting last summer was the first step. It...

FAPRI Projects Rebounding U.S. Meat Exports, Soybean Concentration

March 16th, 2005
Solid prices, stable economic growth globally and a weak dollar in industrialized trading countries will keep U.S. agricultural exports strong for the next 10 years, according to the projections the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (...

Trees Being Considered in the Fight Against Livestock Odor

March 15th, 2005
Monitoring will begin in April to help determine if trees planted around an Iowa poultry production facility can reduce odor and dust. The monitoring at the Sparboe Farms facility near Eagle Grove is just one part of a multi-faceted research...

ISU Fraternity Celebrates Centennial, Hosts National Conference

March 4th, 2005
The Iowa State University chapter of Alpha Zeta will host the 49th national Biennial Conclave and National Agriculture Leadership Conference April 7-9 at the Comfort Inn in Ames. Alpha Zeta also will celebrate the centennial of the Iowa State Wilson...

Iowa State Agricultural Research Among Most Cited Worldwide

March 4th, 2005
Over the past decade, Iowa State University was the 10th most-cited institution in the world in agricultural sciences, according to In-Cites, a Web site that tracks the use of scientific information that is mentioned in research papers worldwide....

Iowa State University Receives $900,000 Grant for SCN Research

February 23rd, 2005
Iowa State University has been awarded a grant for $900,000 to investigate the process by which soybean cyst nematodes infect soybeans. Soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) cause an estimated $700 million in annual losses to the U.S. soybean industry and...

USDA Grant to Fund New Air Quality Research Project at ISU

February 16th, 2005
Iowa State University is one of 11 institutions receiving part of $5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for air quality research. The four-year project will study dietary strategies to reduce gas emissions from turkey,...

Iowa State Professor Named Fellow of National Weed Society

February 15th, 2005
Mike Owen, an Iowa State University agronomy professor, has received the honor of Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). Owen is an ISU Extension weed specialist. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Iowa State...

2005 ISU Animal Industry Research Report Available on CD-ROM, Online

February 15th, 2005
For the second year in a row, the annual Iowa State University report on animal agriculture includes summaries on all animal research done at Iowa State. And it is available both on CD-ROM and on the Web. "This year's report again combines...

Farmstead Building Plans on CD-ROM from MWPS (Midwest Plan Service)

February 14th, 2005
A Farmstead Planning Handbook: Guidelines for Planning and Expanding Agricultural Facilities and Operations, is available on CD-ROM from MWPS (MidWest Plan Service) at Iowa State University. The handbook provides guidelines from concept to...

Fifth Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture Planned

February 14th, 2005
The fifth John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, which honors Pesek, a retired Iowa State University agronomy professor, will be March 9-10. Hunter Lovins will be the featured speaker at two events. She is the president of Natural...

2005 MWPS (Midwest Plan Service) Catalog Available

January 31st, 2005
The MWPS (MidWest Plan Service) at Iowa State University has released its 2005 catalog, featuring free and low-cost, agricultural-related materials and building plans developed by experts from universities throughout the United States. The free MWPS...

Team Investigates Plant Problems

January 28th, 2005
Know the difference between black knot and black spot? If not, you may want to contact the Iowa State University Plant Disease Clinic. Paula Flynn and Christine Engelbrecht in the lab. Last year almost 5,000 Iowans did just that. The clinic received...

Native Species Directory Assures Quality and Origin of Seed

January 28th, 2005
Are you looking for quality native seed to plant this year? The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) has published the Native Species Directory as a resource for finding quality seeds that are native to the state of Iowa. The Native Species...

Iowa State Grant Gives Asian Soybean Rust Detection a Boost

January 27th, 2005
Tracking the spread of Asian soybean rust and other plant diseases that may threaten U.S. agriculture has gotten a boost in the form of a $900,000 grant to Iowa State University. A team of researchers led by plant epidemiologist Forrest Nutter plan...

ISU College of Agriculture Presents Awards to Faculty, Staff

January 18th, 2005
Forrest Nutter, Plant Pathology, (515) 294-8737, fwn@iastate.edu Ed Adcock, Communications Service, (515) 294-2314, edadcock@iastate.eduThe College of Agriculture at...

ISU College of Agriculture Presents Awards to Faculty, Staff

January 18th, 2005
The College of Agriculture at Iowa State University presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring semester convocation on Wednesday. Award winners were: Diane Birt, distinguished professor of food science and human nutrition and...

ISU Expert Leads Report on Agricultural Trade Reforms for World Bank

January 13th, 2005
A World Bank report points to agricultural trade protection as a continuing problem in ongoing global trade negotiations, especially for developing countries. John Beghin, an agricultural trade expert at Iowa State, was recently enlisted by the...

Equine Facilities Focus of MWPS (Midwest Plan Service) Book

January 11th, 2005
A new book on building facilities to house, show, breed and raise horses is available from MWPS (MidWest Plan Service). The "Horse Facilities Handbook (MWPS-60)" offers the latest facts about planning and constructing facilities for all...

Iowa Crop Performance Tests to See Changes in 2005

December 20th, 2004
Del Koch, Iowa Crop ImprovemenSeveral changes are in store next year for the Iowa Crop Performance Tests for corn and soybeans, the statewide program that evaluates the performance of crop varieties. The tests, which are conducted cooperatively by...

12 Iowa State Students Taking Winter Break Trip to Antarctica

December 20th, 2004
College students often spend their holiday breaks in search of warm weather. But a group of 12 Iowa State University students is doing the opposite - to the extreme. They're headed to Antarctica, leaving Dec. 25 and returning Jan. 8. Average...

Gifts to College of Agriculture Result in $1 million in Scholarships

December 14th, 2004
The College of Agriculture and its departments awarded more than $1 million in scholarships for the 2004-2005 academic year. "Support for students allows our academic departments to recruit and retain the best and the brightest students,"...

Iowa State to Work with FAO on International Seed Issues

December 13th, 2004
An agreement to work on seed issues worldwide has been signed by officials in the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The FAO leads international efforts to defeat...

Iowa Seed Directory Offers Quality Seed Options for Spring

December 10th, 2004
Are you looking for quality seed to plant in 2005? The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) recently published the Iowa Seed Directory as a resource for finding quality seeds of barley, native prairie species, oat, soybean and triticale. The...

New Iowa State Program will Assist with Nutrient Management Plans

December 6th, 2004
A new program at Iowa State University will make it easier for livestock producers across the country to get help when developing comprehensive nutrient management plans that are required for participation in some federal farm programs....

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