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Iowa State University Agricultural Job Fair Set for Feb. 5

January 21st, 2014
AMES, Iowa — The spring version of the Agriculture Career Day at Iowa State University offers a “second chance” for students who may have missed last fall’s record-breaking job fair. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5...

Helmers Named to Dean’s Professorship in Agriculture and Life Sciences

January 21st, 2014
AMES, Iowa — Matthew Helmers, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, has been named to the Dean's Professorship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A ceremony honoring Helmers was...

Murder, mayhem and microbiology

January 17th, 2014
By Kayla Greiner Members of Iowa State University’s Microbiology Club expose high school students to murder, mayhem and most importantly, microbiology. The annual Microbiology High School Workshop Day attracted 64 high school students from...

Student Illustration Selected for Journal of Animal Science Cover

January 16th, 2014
Marley Dobyns’ illustration of a skeletal muscle is being featured on the January cover of the Journal of Animal Science. The illustration was selected by the editor-in-chief to represent a collection of papers summarizing a symposium on muscle...

ISU's Iowa Nutrient Research Center Launches Website

January 16th, 2014
AMES, Iowa — A website for the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University provides information on research projects underway to improve nutrient management practices on Iowa farms. The...

Iowa State Project Aims to Reduce Major Cause of Soil Erosion on Iowa Farm Fields

January 15th, 2014
AMES, Iowa — Now you see them; now you don’t. Different from permanent gullies, ephemeral gullies, formed in fields by running water, are erased when a farmer tills the soil, but reappear when another significant rain event occurs. Ephemeral...

Corn Belt Farmer Perspectives on Climate and Agriculture Summarized in New Report

January 10th, 2014
Report cover
AMES, Iowa — A new report on farmer perspectives on climate and agriculture, gathered in a 2012 survey of nearly 5,000 farmers from 11 Corn Belt states, presents survey results by watershed. “...

Iowa State Faculty Member to Head Distillers Grains Technology Council

December 19th, 2013
AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council has named Kurt Rosentrater, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, to be its executive director and...

College Convocation to Honor Graduates

December 18th, 2013
On Dec. 21 nearly 300 students will graduate and be recognized by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The convocation program, starting at 9:30 a.m. in C.Y. Stephens, will honor the students individually. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with...

Celebrating 150 years of George Washington Carver's Legacy

December 10th, 2013
Although the exact year and date of George Washington Carver's birth is unknown, most historians believe he was born in 1864. That's 150 years worth celebrating. In 2014, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will honor Carver for his...

ISU Student is 2014 President of Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences

December 9th, 2013
Bailey Morrell, a senior in agricultural studies with minors in agronomy and agricultural business, became the 2014 Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences (SASES) national president at the Tampa national meeting in November...

Endowed Professorship Presented to Iowa State University Faculty Member

December 5th, 2013
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Institute for Cooperatives has provided support for an endowed professorship presented to Keri Jacobs, an Iowa State University assistant professor who studies cooperative economics. “That the cooperatives in Iowa would...

2013 Horticulture Club Poinsettia Sales

December 4th, 2013
The 2013 Poinsettia sale has completed. Thank you for support.    The Horticulture Club’s annual winter sale provides students with hands-on experience in growing one of the most popular seasonal crops in the ornamental horticulture industry...

Iowa State Scientists Team Up to Keep Nitrates on Fields

December 3rd, 2013
Matt Helmers in the field.
AMES, Iowa — Keeping nitrogen fertilizer on farm fields, to support optimum crop growth, and out of streams and rivers is no simple formula. It’s complex. “Think ‘writing a novel’ versus ‘writing a recipe,’ ” said Matthew Helmers, an associate...

Ugandan Students Experience ISU Service Learning Program

December 2nd, 2013
By Kayla Greiner Two students from Uganda learned agricultural practices and entrepreneurial skills at Iowa State this fall as part of a program with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and Uganda’s Makerere University...

Thank You from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

November 18th, 2013
From our successful students, to our supportive alumni, to our new and renovated facilities we have so many reasons to give thanks.  To you and yours, from all of us at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences best wishes during this season...

Iowa State University Air Quality Specialist Named Endowed Professor

November 12th, 2013
Hongwei Xin named endowed professor
AMES, Iowa — Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center and Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and animal science, has been named the inaugural Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor. “It is truly an...

ISU Students Visit Farms During Agriculture Weekend Experience

November 6th, 2013
AMES, Iowa— Learning what it takes to manage an Iowa farm is what Iowa State University students took away from the 2013 Agriculture Weekend Experience (AWE) program. In October, eight College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students spent a...

Charles R. and Margo S. Wood Scholarship Awarded to Ross Lilienthal

November 5th, 2013
AMES, Iowa - Ross Lilienthal, a junior in agricultural studies, received the 2013 Charles R. and Margo S. Woods scholarship, awarded through the Iowa State University Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. The $1,500 scholarship was awarded...

ISU a Partner in USAID Program to Develop Disease-resistant, Heat-tolerant Chickens for Africa

October 30th, 2013
Sue Lamont, Iowa State University animal scientist, is part of a $6 million research program to breed disease-resistant and heat-tolerant chickens in Africa.
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is a partner on a $6 million research program to breed disease-resistant and heat-tolerant chickens in Africa. The new effort is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of Feed...

Student Stays Connected to Agriculture as FFA National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador

October 28th, 2013
By Kayla Greiner “My admiration for the American farmer, who is innovative, optimistic and hardworking, inspired me to become an FFA National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador,” says Katie Johnson, a sophomore in agricultural and life sciences...

Wanted: Blood for Vampire Bats

October 25th, 2013
By Lynn Laws Granted, “Got blood?” is a unique dietary request. But it’s genuine (and harmless) if it’s coming from an animal nutritionist at a zoo that cares for vampire bats. Photo courtesy of...

Bacon Expo Success

October 21st, 2013
https:// Iowa State University Bacon Expo Success 1,076 attended 1,250 lbs. of cooked bacon    248 days of preparation    100 lbs. of bacon donated to Food at First in Ames, a food pantry that provides a daily meal      60 students put in...

Iowa State Animal Scientist Helps Coordinate Swine Genome Program

October 17th, 2013
Chris Tuggle
AMES, Iowa — Chris Tuggle, Iowa State University professor of animal science, has been named co-coordinator of the U.S. Swine Genome Coordination Program. Tuggle will coordinate the program with Cathy Ernst, a professor of animal science at...

CALS Student Earns a Congressional Internship

October 11th, 2013
by Kayla Degner, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service Brian Castro earned an opportunity this past summer that allowed him to advocate for his hometown community. Rep. Gutiérrez, left, and Castro...

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