Research News Releases

Symposium to Focus on Whole Systems Approach to Global Food Security

March 30th, 2015
Manjit Misra portrait
AMES, Iowa — The Global Food Security Consortium and the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University will welcome experts from around the world...

Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

March 4th, 2015
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. City and university officials today (...

ISU Scientists Identify a Seed Treatment to Curtail Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome

March 3rd, 2015
SDS project team
Ames, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University are leading a regional research project to identify farm management practices that help reduce Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. SDS is caused by a fungus that can destroy a small patch to...

Iowa State University Part of Land-Grant Impacts Website Launch

March 3rd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — A website with examples of how Iowa and the country benefit from teaching, research and extension efforts at Iowa State University and the other nation’s land grant universities has been launched. “The Land-Grant Impacts website is...

New Consortium Launched to Conserve Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Iowa

March 2nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s...

Iowa State Herbicide Guide Offers Strategies to Manage Resistant Weeds

February 27th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Using herbicides that differ in the ways they kill weeds goes a long way to battling herbicide resistance, according to Iowa State University agronomists. Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen, professors of...

Q&A with Jacquelyn Jackson of Tuskegee University

February 23rd, 2015
This month we spoke with Jacquelyn Jackson (Ph.D., Genetics, 2008), a research assistant professor of molecular biology and genetics in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Tuskegee University in Alabama. She is part of a...

Iowa State University, North Central Iowa Research Association Set Educational Meeting

February 11th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Nitrogen management, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture and a grain market outlook will highlight the March 12 annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association, which owns the...

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Improve Ag Policy in Ghana

February 10th, 2015
John Beghin portrait
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has joined a partnership to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis and implementation in the African country of Ghana. The work is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)...

Lawrence Reappointed as Associate Dean and Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Director

February 9th, 2015
John Lawrence portrait
John Lawrence has been reappointed to a second five-year term as associate dean for extension in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for agriculture and natural resources for Iowa State University...

Iowa State University Collaborative Research Seeks to Increase Corn Production in Africa

January 23rd, 2015
Suza photo
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agronomists have begun research to improve the drought tolerance and disease resistance of corn grown by farmers in Tanzania and sub-Saharan Africa. Thomas Lubberstedt and Walter Suza, professors in the Iowa...

Research Progress Reported by Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State

January 22nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Two sets of progress reports are now available online for research projects funded through the Iowa Nutrient...

Iowa State University Agricultural Job Fair Set for Feb. 4

January 21st, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of the Agriculture Career Day at Iowa State University will bring 110 employers to campus Feb. 4 to recruit for full-time positions and summer internships. The job fair follows a bigger one last fall that drew a...

Iowa Soybean Research Center Names McGrath On-Farm Research and Extension Coordinator

January 20th, 2015
Photo of McGrath
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University has named Clarke McGrath as the center’s on-farm research and extension coordinator. McGrath, a native of Afton, Iowa, has served 15 years as a field agronomist with ISU...

Harmon plays key role in new state-of-the-art home for his department

January 15th, 2015
by Dana Woolley, communications specialist Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Extension specialists are trained to be able to communicate technical information to a wide range of audiences. They act as bridges between...

New Tool Evaluates Options for Reducing Odors in Livestock Operations

December 22nd, 2014
AMES, Iowa — A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms. Air Management...

Farmland Values Fall from Historic High

December 18th, 2014
Ames, Iowa – Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre—a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre. Land values were determined by the Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for...

Gung-ho Globies finalists in Thought For Food Challenge

December 17th, 2014
They call themselves the Gung-ho Globies and appropriately so, the Iowa State University student team was chosen as one of 10 teams worldwide to compete for $10,000 in seed money for developing an innovative idea to feed the world. Team members...

Strategies Offered by Iowa AgState to Help Farmers Capture Value from ‘Big Data’

December 16th, 2014
Ankeny, Iowa — Leading Iowa farm organizations, agribusinesses, state government and Iowa State University have developed comprehensive action steps to help harness the power of agricultural data to the benefit of farmers. “...

Beermann to Lead Animal Science Department at Iowa State University

December 10th, 2014
Beermann portrait
AMES, Iowa — Animal scientist Donald Beermann has been named the chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Beermann, a former animal science professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will begin his new duties Jan...

Iowa Land Value Survey News Conference Set for Dec. 18

December 4th, 2014
Duffy portrait
AMES, Iowa — A news conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 announcing the results of the 2014 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. The news conference will take...

Online Tool Helps Farmers with Nitrogen Application Decisions

December 4th, 2014
Chad Hart portrait
AMES, Iowa — A federally funded climate initiative, that includes Iowa State University, has launched a new online decision support tool to help farmers and farm advisers manage the application of in-field nitrogen for maximizing crop yields and...

Iowa State University Research Featured in Special Climate Issue of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

December 4th, 2014
Journal cover
AMES, Iowa — Climate change and agriculture is the focus of the latest Journal of Soil and Water Conservation with most of the papers in the issue authored all or in-part by researchers and graduate students participating in the USDA-funded...

ISU to Lead New Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

December 3rd, 2014
David Grewell portrait
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents today approved the National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. The center’s research will develop knowledge about the production of...

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Creates Research Discovery Endowment for Instrumentation at Iowa State University

December 3rd, 2014
The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed $1.5 million to Iowa State University to create a research discovery endowment for instrumentation in the Roy J. Carver Department...