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October 17, 2018
Originally posted by the College of Engineering A consortium of young Iowa State university researchers including our Dr. Marshall McDaniel has gone where few like them have gone before – as recipients of a large grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to mature and translate a platform...
October 12, 2018
The Iowa State University Department of Agronomy’s very own soil team placed second in group judging and second overall out of eight teams in the soils contest hosted by Kansas State University. The team consists of 11 members; Jacob Wright, Kelli Roush, Erik Fevold, Eric Bro, Hannah Weber, John...
October 08, 2018
Women in Agronomy is an organization within the Department of Agronomy that focuses on the wonderful women in this major. Women in Agronomy began over 15 years ago, but over the past five or six years, it has become more and more active! Stephanie Zumbach works hard to plan events for young...
September 28, 2018
The Master of Science in Agronomy distance education program kicked off its 20th anniversary by tailgating at the ISU vs Akron football game on Saturday, September 22. Faculty, staff, current students and alumni were invited to celebrate 20 years of success. Including the hard work and dedication...
September 25, 2018
By Fred Love, University News Service Sweet corn breeding has lagged behind advances in field corn due to its smaller market footprint, but an agronomist at Iowa State University is contributing to a national effort aimed at narrowing that gap. Researchers at the University of Florida,...
September 24, 2018
By Caroline Schneider, University of Wisconsin Madision Organic farmers are in a tough spot when it comes to controlling weeds. Since conventional herbicides aren’t an option, many choose to use tillage — mechanically turning over the soil to upend weeds. However, tillage can take a toll on soil...
September 21, 2018
By Ellen Bombela, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service Abby Kennon was able to return to her roots for her summer internship and use her passion for agronomy to serve her community. Kennon, a junior majoring in agronomy, spent the summer in her hometown of Cresco,...
September 18, 2018
Hannah Holdsworth has just begun her first year here at Iowa State University in Agronomy, but she comes bringing in lots of experience already. In fact, this past summer she competed in the State FFA Agronomy CDE and placed as the overall top individual. Back in 2017, Hannah joined the agronomy...
September 18, 2018
William T. Frankenberger Professorship in Soil Science Michael Castellano   K.J. Frey Chair in Agronomy Thomas Lubberstedt   Global Professorship in Biotechnology Kan Wang   Iowa Corn Promotion Board Endowed Chair in Genetics Baker Professorship in...
September 13, 2018
An interdisciplinary team at Iowa State University is trying to bridge the gap between agronomy and engineering to increase efficiency and reduce uncertainty for a range of key agricultural issues. The group received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to apply...
September 05, 2018
Valeria Cano Camacho spent her summer on one of Hawaii’s islands, Big Island, where she was a summer field intern for Ulu Mau Puani. All summer long, she helped with six different projects. Some of those projects included: collecting data, extension and outreach, and lab work. “It was different...
September 05, 2018
Not many people can say that they placed 11th as an undergrad competing against Ph.D. students. Kelli Roush is the lucky holder of this title. The third International Soil Judging competition was held a week before the 21st World Soil Congress. The soils in Ro de Janero, Brazil are very...
September 05, 2018
Boone, Iowa held the nation’s largest outdoor farming event: The Farm Progress Show. This event took place August 28th through August 30th.  There were lots of new information to talk about over the three day event, some of that ranged from butterflies all the way to new tools that would...
August 20, 2018
Our incoming freshman spent the weekend before classes start on a tour of agriculture industry and farms in northeast Iowa. They toured Beck's Hybrids in Marshalltown, Pioneer Hi-Bred in Reinbeck and Landus Co-op in Dike. A stop at UNI allowed them to cool down (the air conditioning broke on...
August 16, 2018
Conservation Learning Group, a think tank dedicated to addressing conservation and environmental challenges, was established as a part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in July 2018. The group is a collaboration of researchers, educators and advocates having the goal to better...
August 14, 2018
Our Bradley Miller was presented with the Dan Yaalon Young Scientist Medal by the International Union of Soil Sciences at the World Congress of Soil Science in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil earlier this week. The award honors Dan Hardy Yaalon (1924-2014), a professor of...
August 06, 2018
For Hannah Corey it doesn’t get much better than spending the summer before her senior year working for Anheuser-Busch making some of the best beer in the world. As an Anheuser-Busch Agronomist Intern in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Corey is spending the summer working on the company’s barley production...
July 19, 2018
Africa needs plant breeders to fight food insecurity. Our Plant Breeding E-Learning in Africa program is part of an effort to help educate the next generation of plant breeders in Africa thanks to support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Representatives from partnering institutions...
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...

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