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In 2013, Monsanto partnered with the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University to create the Monsanto Chair in Soybean Breeding. The position has provided the soybean breeding program with tremendous opportunities and offered substantial results.

Since its inception, the named faculty position has been held by Dr. Asheesh Singh, who earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and animal husbandry from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in India, a master’s degree in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Saskatchewan and a doctorate in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Guelph.

AMES, Iowa – Researchers at Iowa State University will test how the environmental benefits of planting strips of prairie among row crops change over time, filling in an unexplored gap in prairie strip research that stretches back over a decade.

Iowa State University undergraduate students will head south this week to share their research and scholarship with their peers from across the nation.

The 33rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research took place April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. About 4,000 undergraduate students from across the U.S. present their research at this annual conference, the largest undergraduate research conference in the country.

This is the third year ISU students have attended NCUR. Iowa State’s 62 students representing 30 different majors marks the university’s highest level of participation yet. In addition to presenting their research and scholarship, these students also will have networking and professional development opportunities.

An Iowa State University student has received the U.S. Forest Service LEADing Change Agent award.

Megan Kemp, a senior in agronomy and global resource systems, was one of five students nationwide to receive the award during the 2019 Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) 34th Annual Career Fair and Training Conference April 6 in Overland Park, Kansas.

Rebecca Clay, agronomy alumna (2016) swore-in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2017 and has been living and working in a rural community in the foothills of the Himalayans in Lamjung, Nepal since. At site she works with community members to identity and pursue agricultural practices which address issues of malnutrition, soil degradation, and labor outmigration. Here is an account of her experience so far.

“I’m lucky to have been placed at a site where I can see the Himalayan mountains from my bedroom window—breathtaking, and the geologic giants keep my work and life in perspective.

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.

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