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Iowa State University Research Farms Utilize Conservation Practices for Science, Stewardship

January 25th, 2017
Iowa State University’s 13 Research and Demonstration Farms around the state have served for decades as models of agricultural and scientific progress for Iowa’s farmers and landowners. The same holds...

Iowa State University Improves Algae Technology to Treat Wastewater for Communities and Businesses

January 24th, 2017
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University technology that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation using algae has gotten the attention of small Iowa communities and the largest wastewater treatment system in the world. “This reactor greatly...

Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day at Iowa State University Set for Feb. 1

January 19th, 2017
AMES, Iowa — Job recruiters have reserved all the spaces for the Feb. 1 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day at Iowa State University. The career event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall of the ISU...

Report Highlights Progress and Long-term Challenges of Stream Nutrient Monitoring

January 9th, 2017
DES MOINES -- A 2016 report of Iowa’s water monitoring efforts for nutrients highlights both the complexity and long-term value of evaluating nutrient levels in Iowa’s lakes, streams and rivers. Developed jointly by the Iowa Department of...

Iowa State University Alumnus Creates Scholarship for Animal Science Students

December 21st, 2016
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University alumnus who is a world-class cattle geneticist has established an endowed undergraduate scholarship for students in animal science with an interest in genetics. Robert Walton Sr., of DeForest, Wisconsin, is...

Online Giving Program Launched to Support Iowa State’s Growing Ag Communications Option

November 21st, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — Students at Iowa State University studying agricultural communications are enjoying a stronger program, thanks in part to the continued efforts of alumni. To further support university efforts, alumni, friends and supporters are...

Iowa State University Partners with Ugandan University to Enhance Agricultural Research and Education in Africa

November 16th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is a partner in a World Bank project to strengthen graduate education and collaborative research in crop improvement in Africa. The $6 million project is part of a larger World Bank-funded initiative called the...

Performance Livestock Analytics Establishes Presence in Iowa State University Research Park

November 14th, 2016
AMES, Iowa – Performance Livestock Analytics has established itself in the Iowa State University Research Park as part of the Ag Startup Engine and ISU Startup Factory. The business was founded in 2015 by Osage, Iowa, natives Dustin Balsley, a...

Iowa State University Emeritus Professor Honored for Leadership in Animal Agriculture

November 14th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University emeritus professor and former animal science department chair was honored for his contributions to the nation’s livestock industry Nov. 13 when his portrait was added to the Saddle and Sirloin Gallery. The...

Iowa State University’s Wintersteen Honored with National Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award

November 9th, 2016
AMES, Iowa — Wendy Wintersteen, dean of agriculture and life sciences at Iowa State University, is the 2016 recipient of the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers...

Iowa State University Researcher Seeks Greater Understanding of Nutrient Cycling to Increase Productivity in Agricultural Systems

November 2nd, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — As an undergraduate, Michael Castellano spent one summer on a New Mexico ranch doing environmental science research. He was inspired by the landowner’s implementation of a grass banking system. “What I saw there as a student got me...

Two Nonprofit Organizations Award Iowa State University $150,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Research

October 26th, 2016
AMES, Iowa — Ryan’s Quest and Michael’s Cause, two nonprofit organizations, have provided a $150,000 grant to Iowa State University to study a combination of...

Iowa State University Professors Named to Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Committee

October 20th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University professors have been appointed to serve on the Agricultural Science Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Catherine Kling, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of...

ISU Awarded $1.1 Million Grant For Food Safety Modernization Act Education

October 19th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa – The Food and Drug Administration has announced a $1.1 million grant to Iowa State University in an effort to help Iowa fruit and vegetable growers and processors comply with new federal regulations. Iowa State University Extension...

Hongwei Xin presented award for research and design of livestock production systems

October 17th, 2016
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently presented Hongwei Xin, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor and Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor in the departments of...

First recipients of scholarship honoring food security advocate David Lambert named at Borlaug Dialogue Symposium

October 13th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University sophomore and junior studying global hunger issues are the first recipients of a new endowed scholarship honoring global food security advocate David Lambert. Katelyn Fritz from Pleasant Hill and Michelle...

Iowa State University-led Program Awarded Top Honors by USDA

October 6th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — Lois Wright Morton, an Iowa State University sociology professor, today accepted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Award on behalf of...

Iowa State University Agricultural and Life Sciences Career Day Oct. 11

September 28th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — Organizers for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Fall Career Day, at Iowa State University on Oct. 11, expect a strong turnout of employers recruiting students. Already 252 organizations have committed to the job fair,...

Memorial set for Rick Hall, natural resource ecology and management professor

September 26th, 2016
Rick Hall, natural resource ecology and management professor, died on Sept. 21 of acute myeloid leukemia. He was 69 years old. Hall joined ISU’s forestry department (now NREM) in 1974. He served as...

Harvest-related Publications Included in Food Safety Series Available from Iowa State University

September 23rd, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — A series of training materials related to grain-handling and processing has been developed by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative at Iowa State University and partners. The...

Fifth Year of Record Enrollment at Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

September 13th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — For the fifth consecutive year, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University has set an enrollment record. The college’s fall-semester enrollment is 5,395, including both undergraduate and graduate students...

Iowa State University Professors Honored for Applied Research Accomplishments

September 9th, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to two professors for applying research findings to benefit Iowans. The Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research was presented to...

CALS presents awards to faculty and staff

September 8th, 2016
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented its faculty and staff awards for 2015 at its fall...

New student services director shares vision for office

September 1st, 2016
Howard Tyler, an animal science professor at Iowa State for the past 25 years, began serving as the assistant dean for student services for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on June 1. He succeeded Tom Polito, an assistant professor...

Stopping the Spread of Palmer Amaranth, an Aggressive, Competitive Weed

August 15th, 2016
AMES, Iowa — Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison...