Harvest-related publications included in food safety series available from Iowa State University

“Increased production coupled with consumer demands for food safety assurance require good manufacturing practices and the training to support them, at all levels of the grain market,” said Charles Hurburgh, professor-in-charge of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative. “Market activities are much more interrelated than in the past.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State experts available to comment on 2016 harvest

Charles Hurburgh, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Hurbugh said producers will face challenges on several fronts during this year’s harvest. Alternating periods of precipitation and high humidity across the state have created favorable conditions for high moisture and mold in the crop, which means grain quality will vary for many producers, he said. “The [Continue Reading…]

Hartmann, ABE contributes to “The Fifth Muse”

Artist Norie Sato’s third and latest campus installation dangles above the east entrance of the College of Engineering’s newly reopened Marston Hall. “The Fifth Muse” — aptly named to complement the four iconic limestone sculptures that grace the facade of the 113-year-old building — resembles a mobile, with individually designed mixed-media objects suspended from two [Continue Reading…]

ABE alum receives national engineering honor

Charles Sukup, president of Sukup Manufacturing Co., has received the 2016 Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The award recognizes exceptional and meritorious engineering achievement in developing grain handling equipment. Sukup graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agricultural engineering. He later [Continue Reading…]

Marston art was a campus effort

Hanna: 4 Items to check before your combine rolls

A lot of the latest electronics and sensor technologies require a trained eye, Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Mark Hanna notes – but not all. At the least, check for chewed wires and other signs of rodent damage – especially for equipment that may have sat idle for the past 10 or 11 months. [Continue Reading…]

Schwab: Experts advise farm safety practices during safety week

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation Sept. 9 to commemorate the week. The proclamation calls for all Iowans to “work together to control and mitigate these farm risks.” Working to make farms safer is crucial to a state like Iowa that has more than 90 percent of its land used in agriculture and distributes [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s ECpE department receives Department of Energy grant for $1.3 million

Three faculty members in Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) have been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The award of $1.3 million comes from the program “Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D-2016.” Ruth Shinar, senior scientist at the [Continue Reading…]

Hanna: Is your combine ready to roll?

A common issue with any machinery stored for long periods of time can be especially damaging to electronic components, wiring and sensors, says Iowa State University Extension (www.extension.iastate.edu) ag engineer Mark Hanna. “If you have rodents, connectors can be damaged. You may have mice chewing the wiring,” he says. “It’s probably been 10 or 11 [Continue Reading…]

Research continues toward pit foaming solution

Much has been learned about the causes of pit foaming in hog facilities, says Dan Andersen. However, he cautioned, much more needs to be understood before the potentially deadly problem can be solved. Andersen, an ag engineer with Iowa State University, is one of several scientists working toward a solution to pit foaming. Under the right [Continue Reading…]

Hurburgh honored for applied research accomplishments

Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to two professors for applying research findings to benefit Iowans. The Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research was presented to Charles Hurburgh, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering who is professor-in-charge of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, and Joseph Sebranek, [Continue Reading…]

ME grad student recognized for wheelchair design research

Mechanical engineering graduate student Jonathan Vander Wiel was recently recognized for his research on efficient wheelchair design. Vander Wiel, who is currently in the third semester of his MS in mechanical engineering at ISU, received $1,000 for the paper he and his colleagues at LeTourneau University presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) student [Continue Reading…]