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Leopold Center selects farmer, educator Mark Quee for Spencer Award

September 23rd, 2022
Mark Quee standing in front of Scattergood school farm and gardens.
AMES, Iowa – Mark Quee, a farmer and educator from West Branch, has been selected as the 2022 winner of the Spencer Award, presented by the Leopold Center for...

Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day set for Oct. 11

September 22nd, 2022
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is excited to host its annual, on-campus career day on Oct. 11. The in-person event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Center, 518 Beach Road...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center announces funding for new water quality projects

September 15th, 2022
INRC logo
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of just over $1.4 million to support a dozen new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2022-2023. “This year, INRC celebrates its first...

Alston lecture to highlight historical Black farming organization

September 13th, 2022
AMES, Iowa – Antoine Alston, professor and associate dean for academic studies at North Carolina A&T State University, will present a lecture based on his new book on Sept. 27 at Iowa State University. Alston’s lecture, “A Legacy of...

Students encouraged to submit poster abstracts for Borlaug poster competition

September 6th, 2022
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Poster abstracts are now being accepted for the 19th Annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. The competition and display of posters will take place Monday, Oct. 17, in the Memorial Union at...

Undergraduate biochemists gain unique opportunities through new summer research program

August 31st, 2022
Young researcher in lab coat with older scientist in lab, looking at microscopic samples slides.
AMES, IA -- A new summer program for promising young Iowa State University researchers will celebrate its first year with a showcase Thursday, Sept. 8, during which students will present their work and findings to mentors, peers and proud parents...

Shea to present Deal Lecture at Iowa State Sept. 28

August 30th, 2022
Ernie Shea
AMES, Iowa – Ernie Shea, president of Solutions from the Land, a not-for-profit organization based in Lutherville, Maryland, will present the 2022 ...

Lawrence-Dill joins Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research board of directors

August 26th, 2022
Portrait of Carolyn Lawrence-Dill standing with arms folded
AMES, Iowa – The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) has announced that Carolyn Lawrence-Dill has joined its board of directors. FFAR is a national organization focused on building public-private partnerships to fund bold...

Case IH donates field cultivator to Iowa State University

August 22nd, 2022
Case IH tractor pulling a Tiger Mate field cultivator through a former corn field in the spring.
AMES, Iowa – Does putting in the time and effort in the spring to change out old sweeps on field cultivators for new ones lead to increased yields in the fall? Thanks to support from Case IH, researchers at Iowa State University are working on a...

Researchers show weather variability impedes ability to assess trends in Iowa’s water quality

August 17th, 2022
Map of Iowa with major watersheds outlined and monitoring sites indicated with yellow dots.
AMES, Iowa – When can we expect to see reduced levels of nutrients in our water if we make positive changes on the landscape? New Iowa State University research shows how complicated it is to give a sound answer to that question. The research...

Virtual reality could boost poultry health, say Iowa State University researchers

August 9th, 2022
Scene of hens in pen with virtual reality screens showing on pen walls.
AMES, Iowa — Watching videos may boost hens’ welfare and health, according to researchers at Iowa State University.   Using virtual reality technology, the scientists simulated a free-range environment in laying hen housing. They found that...

Agronomists join forces with engineering students to create innovative in-field research chamber to breed heat tolerant varieties

August 4th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — A multidisciplinary project at Iowa State University is harnessing engineering to solve agronomic challenges, enlisting undergraduates to develop an innovative research chamber to study soybeans’ responses in the field to current and...

Merger celebration planned for two Iowa State departments

August 2nd, 2022
Image of the Advanced Teaching and Research Building on Iowa State University's campus. Image includes the text: Join us for the merging of Iowa State University's Department of Entomology and Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology"
AMES, Iowa – Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited to celebrate the merging of Iowa State University’s Department of Entomology and Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. The celebration will take place Friday, Sept...

Get hands-on with bugs during Bug Village '22 event

August 1st, 2022
Iowa State University Bug Village '22 flyer
AMES, Iowa – Community members are invited to come learn about insects of all kinds during Bug Village ’22. Hosted by Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo, two separate events will take place Saturday, Aug. 27. An open house will be held from 10...

New conservation planning tool allows users to evaluate tailored cost-benefit tradeoffs

July 25th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Conservation planning is entering a new era of precision problem-solving with the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), and its just-released Financial and Nutrient Reduction Tool (FiNRT). “ACPF itself is a non-...

International Union for the Conservation of Nature Lists the Monarch Butterfly as Endangered

July 22nd, 2022
AMES, Iowa - On July 21, 2022, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (...

Mosaic partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

July 18th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Mosaic Company has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Mosaic provides financial support to the center, which will be leveraged with soybean checkoff funds from...

Grant looks at breeding mung bean for plant-based protein market

July 11th, 2022
Woman in field of green, growing mung beans
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University plant breeders and researchers are working to develop a new crop suited for the plant-based protein market. The first step is developing new varieties of mung bean, a new crop here in the United States. Farmers...

Rademacher selected for interim director role at Iowa Pork Industry Center

July 7th, 2022
Chris Rademacher
AMES, Iowa – Chris Rademacher, clinical professor in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and swine extension veterinarian at Iowa State University, has been named interim director of the university’s...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University releases report on EPA draft emissions models

July 7th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released a new report to help the U.S. egg industry understand the science behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed emission models. The Egg Industry Center (EIC)...

Ross named chair of Department of Animal Science

June 24th, 2022
Jason Ross
AMES, Iowa – Jason Ross has been named the new chair of the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. Ross, Lloyd L. Anderson Professor in...

Lanningham-Foster named chair of Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

June 23rd, 2022
Lorraine Lanningham-Foster
AMES, Iowa – Lorraine Lanningham-Foster has been named chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, effective July 1, 2022. She has been serving as the...

Hargrove named chair of Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

June 22nd, 2022
Mark Hargrove
AMES, Iowa – Mark Hargrove has been named chair of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University releases updated egg cost study

June 21st, 2022
Semis on highway with text, New Report Released: Processing, Cartoning & Transporting Costs Updated
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released an updated study to provide the U.S. egg industry with important post-production cost information. The study helps egg farmers compare industry costs with their own...

Clark reappointed as interim chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

June 20th, 2022
Lynn Clark
AMES, Iowa - Lynn Clark has been reappointed interim chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, which is co-administered by Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and...