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July 16, 2018
Sarah Carlson (MS sustainable ag and crop production and physiology) was recognized as a leader in Iowa agriculture back in March. Sarah is the strategic initiatives director for Practical Farmers and was one of four recipients of the 2018 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards. Iowa...
July 11, 2018
Evan's experience in the Department of Agronomy gave him the knowledge and problem solving skills to successfully transition an entire team to a new precision agriculture, data management software.  "ISU gave me the knowledge and skills to understand the calculations and rewrite, tweak them...
July 02, 2018
Growing up, Megan Kemp just wanted to fit in with her peers in Durango, Iowa. At Iowa State University the junior in agronomy and global resource systems, says she found a place where she feels comfortable embracing and celebrating her differences. “My mom is Filipino,” says Kemp. “She and my...
June 29, 2018
Lee Burras sets his Diet Pepsi on the podium and grabs a piece of chalk off the ledge. Class is about to begin. Burras’ classroom is upbeat and adversarial; he encourages his students to challenge him as much as he challenges them. In order to keep students engaged he uses the chalkboard...
June 27, 2018
Ehsan Askari and his wife Sayareh Irani joined the Department of Agronomy as visiting scholars in 2012-2013 under Drs. Knapp and Lubberstedt. After graduation in 2014, Ehsan with a Ph.D in agronomy and Sayareh a Ph.D in plant breeding, the couple returned to Ehsan’s home town, Rafsanjan in Central...
June 14, 2018
Angie Begosh got her masters through the MS Agronomy online program and applied that real-life application of scientific knowledge to the process of getting her PhD. Recently finishing her PhD in zoology from Oklahoma State University, Begosh is a research scientist for the Department of...
June 14, 2018
As a student Rachael Cox (BS ’09 and MS ’12) thought outside the box. Today she’s going for what she wants in Guatemala and launching a multi-national business, EarthEmpower. Echoing her time in Agronomy. “When I came to ISU agronomy there wasn’t a path written out for people like me who were a...
June 14, 2018
Our Dr. Andrew Manu, George Washington Carver Endowed Chair recently attended a naturalization ceremony at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri on May 30.  About 60 people took the oath of allegiance, officially becoming United States citizens. The following article was...
June 11, 2018
AMES, Iowa – New research led by an Iowa State University agronomist identifies clear patterns in how plants react to different environments that could lead to new ways of predicting crop performance. The research focuses on flowering time in sorghum, a globally cultivated cereal plant, but the...
June 11, 2018
The 2018 growing season is well underway. It is now time to start assessing the rewards of the spring planting season. Our first FACTS (Forecasting and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS) is now live for the 2018 growing season. There have been a couple of changes going into our fourth year....
May 31, 2018
Several field days are happening across the state throughout the month of June. Hear from our faculty experts along with other faculty and Extension and Outreach specialists about a variety of crop and pest related topics. June 20 at 9:00 am: Northern Research Farm Summer Field Day -...
May 16, 2018
We had some visitors on Monday! Over 40 seventh graders from AGWSR (Ackley, Geneva, Wellsburg, Steamboat Rock) visited Agronomy Hall as part of a visit to Iowa State University organized by the North Central hub of IowaSTEM. The students learned about what we do here at agronomy, from wind turbines...
May 07, 2018
Each year Iowa State University recognizes the excellence of faculty and staff accomplishments through the conferring of university awards, celebrating faculty and staff who have demonstrated their commitment to learning, discovery, and engagement which are the cornerstones of Iowa State's...
May 07, 2018
Outside of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, a contributing author to a Nobel Peace Prize winning project was born in a farm house with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Eugene (Gene) Takle always intended to go back to the farm, but the young man who opted for agriculture classes and never took biology...
May 01, 2018
In 1989, Jaci Severson was hired as a secretary in the main office of Agronomy. She spent five years working for the Iowa Crop Improvement Association when Dr. Ron Cantrell, department chair at the time, came to her with a question. "He said I could stay with Iowa Crop or move to the...
May 01, 2018
The National Association of Plant Breeders announced their first group of graduate and undergraduate Borlaug Scholars, and our students took three of the eight awards. Our Katelyn Fritz and Andrew Herr, juniors in Agronomy, were selected Borlaug Undergraduate Scholars. Our Kevin Falk, graduate...
April 30, 2018
As planting gets underway for farmers and researchers, Dr. Asheesh Singh's soybean lab will be able to plant more efficiently thanks to a donation from Monsanto. The St. Louis based agriculture company develops products and tools to help farmers aground the world grow crops more sustainably....
April 26, 2018
Honors students pursue individualized programs designed to enrich their educational experiences. As a part of their program, each Honors student plans, develops and completes an individual project. The results of those efforts were put on display at the Spring 2018 poster presentation of Honors...
April 26, 2018
by Fred Love, University News Service New technology developed by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University could allow anyone with a smartphone to see crops much the same way trained plant breeders and scientists do. The researchers’ findings, published recently in the...
April 23, 2018
Iowa State took home the Overall Sweepstakes Award for the fourth year in a row at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Contest held at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska on April 21. Teams from across the College of Agriculture of Life Sciences...
April 19, 2018
Stubbornly cold temperatures and winter storms affecting much of Iowa this spring shouldn’t cause undue alarm for farmers anxious to begin planting, according to an Iowa State University agronomist. At least, not for a few more days. Mark Licht, an assistant professor of agronomy, said Iowa...
April 16, 2018
On April 11, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate held a Research Conference. Various students were recognized for their contributions. Our Maria Betsabe Mantilla, graduate student with Dr. Maria Salas, received one of five Research Awards across the University. (Photo: Maria, third...
April 09, 2018
Using science to address food insecurity is Catherine Leafstedt’s passion. It’s a passion that’s driven her for the past four years and it’s one reason she’s been accepted to the University of Cambridge in England to pursue graduate school. Leafstedt, who has a double major in agronomy and...
April 05, 2018
By Paula Van Brocklin, Office of the Vice President for Research After reviewing dozens of applications, Iowa State University’s Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has named nine faculty members to the second cohort of PSI Faculty Scholars. Faculty selected represent three of the...
April 04, 2018
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst made a stop at the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm to talk about how research can impact and improve farmer's lives. Our Sotirios Archontoulis shared information about the Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS (FACTS)...

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