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Congratulations on 25 years!

Ray Arritt 

Damian Franzenburg 

Ken Moore 

Congratulations on 35 years!

Sally Medford (currently with ISU Research and Demonstration Farms)

Congratulations on 45 years!

Steven Goben (currently with ISU Research and Demonstration Farms)

Kevin Falk was this year’s American Seed Trade Association 1st place video winner! He was awarded on December 3rd, and we are so proud of this amazing accomplishment. Kevin’s concept was about setting the record straight on common misconceptions in the seed industry. He focused specifically chose whether farmers can recycle their seed in following years, their interactions with big companies and the intellectual property that those big companies hold with regards to seed. He used the public to ask his questions about the misconception and he also used Agronomy Graduate Students to describe how the misconceptions are wrong, what they do and their goal towards helping farmers.

We have two special ladies who come to us from Oregon! Erin is from Redmond, Oregon and Audrey is from Portland, Oregon. Erin decided to come to Iowa State because she was looking for a degree in agriculture, and when she came on a visit, everything just clicked for her. Her favorites memories have been hanging out with friends that she has made here, they all enjoy going out for dinner or watching movies. Audrey decided to come to Iowa State because she was interested in agriculture, and she knew that ISU had a great program. She wasn’t quite sure where or what part of agriculture interested her most, but agronomy touched on many different topics, and included lots of plant science. Audrey is enjoying meeting new people while being here!

Dr. Irving Carlson joined the agronomy family as a plant breeder in 1960. He passed away February 23, 2019 at the age of 92.

After getting his bachelor's and masters at Washington State University, he earned his PhD in plant breeding at the University of Wisconsin in 1955. He spent four years at North Carolina State University before coming to Ames. 

A key focus of his work was the development of new varieties of orchard grass and other cool season forage crops. In addition, Irving advised many graduate students from around the country and around the world.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of a graduate student toward completing course work, research, professional development, and other departmental service activities in his or her time at Iowa State University. It is presented by the Agronomy Graduate Student Club.

Making Waves: Kelsie Ferin Proves Renewable Energy and Clean Water Go Hand in HandWhen Kelsie Ferin sits down to code, she has a million square miles of soil, water, and sky at her fingertips: from Iowa’s Corn Belt to the Mississippi River, and all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. These iconic landscapes form the backdrop for Ferin’s research on how bioenergy crops can help purify the nation’s water.

The Brown Graduate Fellowship has been awarded to Virginia Nichols. The Brown Graduate Fellowship is to be used to strategically advance ISU research in the areas of study that are governed by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust.  The areas of study include science, agriculture, and space science. The preference is to fund Ph.D. students, although exceptional M.S. students will be considered.

Last weekend #ISUCALS alums and friends gathered to celebrate the college's role in 

Kaleb Baber recently got back from a study abroad trip to the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He went through Iowa State University’s Study Abroad Center. Kaleb was there from July through November, and he took three classes; Genetics, Pasture & Animal Science, and Soil Formation.

Dr. John Pesek was a soil scientist, champion of sustainable agriculture, teacher and leader. Regrettably, our esteemed colleague passed away February 11. With over 40 years of service to the Department of Agronomy and Iowa State University, Dr. Pesek left a lasting legacy.

Dr. Pesek was born November 15, 1921 in Hallettsville, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from Texas A&M in 1943, at which point he entered the military. He was a member of the 98th Bomb Group within the 15th Air Force.

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