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

April 14th, 2020
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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
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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...

The Fight Against Foodborne Illnesses

February 24th, 2020
Angela Shaw with colleagues in apple orchard
AMES, Iowa - Nearly half – 46 percent – of the nation’s foodborne illness outbreaks are linked to eating fruits, vegetables or nuts. An Iowa State University team of researchers and Extension and Outreach professionals are working with Midwest...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Launches Online Water Quality Research Map

February 18th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa — A new, online Iowa water quality research map has been launched by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The “zoomable” map, at

Youngs Named Ensminger International Chair

February 12th, 2020
Curt Youngs
AMES, Iowa - Curt Youngs, professor of animal science, has been named the newest Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture, effective Feb. 1. He is the third faculty member in Iowa State’s Department of Animal Science to hold...

NEW Cooperative Contributes to Iowa State University’s New Feed Mill

February 12th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa – NEW Cooperative has committed a $350,000 gift to Iowa State University’s feed mill and grain science complex, the latest organization to commit to the facility. “We are so thankful for NEW Cooperative’s generosity in financially...

Handsaker Honored as Emerging Iowa Leader by Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

February 11th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Jacob Handsaker, of Radcliffe, Iowa, has been named the 2020 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Handsaker, a farmer in Hardin and Story counties and co-owner of Hands-On...

Iowa State Animal Researchers Explore Better Handling Tools for Non-Ambulatory Swine

January 29th, 2020
What do producers do when livestock are not able to walk, due to illness or injury? This problem has not had an easy solution, though that may change soon, thanks to researchers at Iowa State University. National standards for humane management...

Beattie Named Interim Chair of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University

January 28th, 2020
Gwyn Beattie
Gwyn Beattie has been named interim chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University. Beattie, the Robert Earle...

Scholarship Fund Set Up to Honor Retiring Iowa State University Agricultural Education and Studies Professor

January 21st, 2020
Robert Martin
AMES, Iowa – The Robert A. Martin agricultural education and studies scholarship fund was set up to honor Robert Martin, a retiring professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Martin began his teaching career in Nigeria and...

ISU’s Leopold Center Awards Sustainability Scholarships to Iowa Undergraduates

January 21st, 2020
Maia Lawson and Kavita Jain in snowy scene
Proposals from five undergraduates representing Iowa State University, Drake University, Grinnell College and the University of Northern Iowa have been awarded funding in the first round of a new scholarship program supported by the Leopold Center...

Iowa State Survey Shows Farm Owners Make Small Increases in Conservation

January 13th, 2020
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A survey of Iowa landowners conducted by Iowa State University suggests that adoption of conservation practices has increased slightly since 2012, and that ongoing trends in land ownership and management are likely barriers to a number of...

INRC Launches Spring Seminar Series on “Water Research Past, Present and Future”

January 10th, 2020
UPDATE: Seminars scheduled for March and April will not take place due to campus efforts to reduce the potential for COVID-19 exposure. INRC plans to reschedule the presentation (details to be announced).  The ...

Daniel Thomson Selected as New Chair of Animal Science at Iowa State University

January 7th, 2020
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Daniel Thomson has been named the new chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson is an internationally known leader, researcher and instructor in animal health...