News Releases

$1.3 Million Gift to Increase ISU College of Ag Student Scholarships

November 17th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — A $1.3 million estate gift from Jeanette Kennedy will establish the F.W. Schiele Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship. The donation will increase the value of the Iowa State University's College of Agriculture Excellence in...

Soybean Oil Developed at Iowa State Eliminates Need for Hydrogenation and Cuts Trans Fats

November 12th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — New soybean varieties developed at Iowa State University hold promise for food manufacturers scrambling to remove unhealthy trans fats from their products. The new soybeans produce oil that doesn't need to be hydrogenated...

ISU Crop Adviser Institute Wins American Society of Agronomy Awards

November 11th, 2003
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State University Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) won the top two awards for its software applications at the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) annual meeting. The American Society of Agronomy Educational Materials Awards...

Pork Producer Surveys Document Efforts to Control Odor

November 10th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Two surveys conducted by Iowa State University researchers show Iowa swine producers are using a wide variety of techniques to minimize odor from their operations. "Air quality issues related to livestock production have...

ISU College of Agriculture Seeks Comments Nov. 20 on Future Research Priorities

November 10th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is seeking comments on future directions of its agricultural research program and related extension activities at an ICN meeting Thursday, Nov. 20. The ICN meeting will begin at 7 p.m., hosted by Catherine...

Survey Finds States' Ability to Respond to Biological Attacks Rises

October 31st, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Two national surveys show the number of state health department epidemiology employees trained in infectious disease and terrorism preparedness increased significantly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The surveys...

ISU Students Take Second in Soil Judging Contest

October 30th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University soil judging team placed second in the group-judging division of the American Society of Agronomy regional soil judging contest on Oct. 23. Erik Christian, a junior in agronomy from Story City, placed...

Pioneer Hi-Bred Gives $150,000 for Graduate Fellowship in Seed Science

October 28th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — A gift of $150,000 from Pioneer Hi-Bred International will establish the Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Fellowship in Seed Science at Iowa State University. "The U.S. seed industry is the finest in the world and this gift will help...

ISU Receives Support from Iowa Values Fund to Build Biologics Facility at Research Park

October 22nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — At its meeting today, the Iowa Values Fund Board voted to support the regent universities' request for $25 million to be used for economic development initiatives. The Iowa Values Fund legislation designated $10 million for...

ISU Agronomy Emeritus Professor to be Honored by National FFA

October 22nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Ken Larson, Iowa State University emeritus professor of agronomy, will be presented an Honorary American FFA Degree by the National FFA Organization. Larson was nominated by the Iowa FFA Association for his work with FFA Crops...

ISU College of Agriculture Awards Presented Oct. 17

October 20th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University College of Agriculture graduates who have made important contributions to the agriculture industry were honored Oct. 17 as part of an ISU Alumni Association awards ceremony. Both awards are given annually...

Agriculture Career Day to be Held at Iowa State Tuesday

October 15th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The biggest agriculture career day in the nation will be held next Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus. The event will bring about 125 employers to campus to...

New Institute to Evaluate Genetically Modified Organisms

October 10th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has approved the creation of an institute at Iowa State University to address critical issues surrounding genetically modified agricultural products. The Biosafety Institute for Genetically...

CDC Taps ISU's Center for Food Security and Public Health to be National Specialty Center

October 7th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Food Security and Public Health a CDC Specialty Center in Public Health Preparedness for...

2003 Pierre Lecture in Soil Science Oct. 22 at Iowa State

October 7th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — An expert in agricultural ecology will discuss the role of soils in profitable, sustainable agriculture systems Oct. 22 at Iowa State University. Phil Robertson, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the W.K....

Iowa State Expert to Speak at Senate Climate Change Briefing

September 26th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University plant pathologist X.B. Yang will speak Monday, Sept. 29, before a U.S. Senate committee on climate change impacts on crop pests and diseases. The Congressional briefing for the Committee on Agriculture,...

Speakers Will Discuss Biotechnology's Potential in Iowa's Food and Health Industries Oct. 3 at ISU

September 22nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The food science and human nutrition department at Iowa State University will host a program, "What is the Potential Impact of Biotechnology on Food and Nutrition for the Health and Economy of Iowa?" on Friday, Oct. 3, in...

Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Natural Resources News

September 15th, 2003
STUDY REVEALS READY MARKET FOR LOCAL GRAPE JUICE Iowa grown and processed grape juice may have a ready market in consumer buying clubs and churches, according to results from two recent surveys funded by a competitive grant from the Leopold...

Bug Snacks, Insect Zoo Share Top Billing at ISU's Insect Horror Film Festival, Sept. 18

September 11th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — It's a twist on the traditional dinner and a movie. The Insect Horror Film Festival at Iowa State University will feature bug snacks and an insect zoo, along with a film. The festival will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in...

Cutrona Named New Director for Iowa State's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research

September 11th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Carolyn Cutrona, professor of psychology at Iowa State University, has been named director of ISU's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research. Cutrona has been affiliated with the institute since joining Iowa State's...

Prisons: A Disappointing Development Tool for Small Towns

September 9th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Small towns that attracted state prisons during the 1990s haven't realized the economic gains they had hoped to attain, according to a national study conducted by Iowa State University. "In the 1990s small-town leaders...

ISU Ag Law Candidate Withdraws; New Search Planned

September 5th, 2003
AMES, Iowa - The withdrawal of a candidate has ended a search for a faculty member in agricultural law in the economics department at Iowa State University. Jon Lauck, an assistant professor at South Dakota State University, withdrew his name...

Iowa State's Student-managed Farm Celebrates 60 Years on Oct. 4

September 3rd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The first student-managed farm in the nation will celebrate its 60th anniversary with an open house during the Iowa State University's Family Weekend on Oct. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., with a brief program at 2 p.m. Larry Trede,...

Drought Conditions Stress Iowa Crops

August 28th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — A shortage of rainfall throughout most of the state is drying up pastures, corn, soybeans and reducing hay production. Daryl Herzmann, Iowa State agricultural meteorologist, said Iowa's rainfall in August was three inches...

New Iowa State Course Studies Risks of Crop Bioterrorism in Iowa

August 28th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — A new graduate course this fall semester in the College of Agriculture will assess the threat of crop bioterrorism in Iowa. Issues Related to Crop Bioterrorism and Food Security is being offered in the departments of plant...

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