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ISU Graduate Students Receive Distance Education Scholarships

April 8th, 2005
Seven Iowa State University graduate students have been awarded Virgil K. Webster Scholarships to pursue master’s degrees using distance education. The award is presented annually to selected students interested in agronomy who demonstrate...

Honors for Two in ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

April 6th, 2005
Two members of the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering have been recognized for their work. Tom Glanville, associate professor, was named the Engineer of the Year at the Mid-Central American Society of...

ISU Beef Cattle Research Continues Tradition, Breaks New Ground

April 5th, 2005
At Iowa State University, a long-term project designed to improve the meat quality of beef cattle continues to produce results. At the same time, a new project studies ways to protect water quality in pastures where beef cattle graze. The water-...

More than 90 Percent of Iowa's Soybean Growers Aware of New Disease

April 1st, 2005
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) annual survey indicates that 94 percent Iowa farmers who intend to plant soybeans are aware of Asian soybean rust. The survey results also indicate that 87 percent of all Iowa farmers are aware of...

Brazil Experience Will Aid in Asian Soybean Rust Identification

March 30th, 2005
Seeing Asian soybean rust first-hand may aid in its identification this growing season. In February, eight Iowa State University crop specialists and six members of the Iowa Soybean Rust Team took a trip to Brazil to observe soybean rust in the...

2005 Staniforth Lecture in Weed Science April 13 at Iowa State

March 30th, 2005
An upcoming lecture at Iowa State University will address the potential development of "superweeds" and other possible outcomes from the unintended spread of engineered plant genes. Norman Ellstrand, professor of genetics and director of...

ISU Team Places First in Scholastic Competition

March 25th, 2005
A team of students from the College of Agriculture placed first in the Academic Quadrathlon held in conjunction with the Midwest Section joint meetings of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Dairy Science Association. The...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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
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 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 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...

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