Iowa State University joins 12 public and private universities calling for increased federal investment in agricultural research in response to modern challenges

In the Retaking the Field report, Iowa State researchers Lisa Schulte Moore and Matthew Helmers outline efforts to protect soil and water by interspersing strips of native prairie in corn and soybean crops. The practice of STRIPS — Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips — helps to improve water quality by reducing sediment, [Continue Reading…]

FPEF awards scholarship to AST senior

The Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF) Board of Trustees awarded Eric Herbers of New Vienna, Iowa a $2,000 scholarship. Mr. Herbers is a senior in agricultural systems technology and was awarded the prestigious scholarship underwritten by Danfoss. “A minimum GPA, an essay, and three letters of recommendation were required from each applicant. The Board of [Continue Reading…]

Helmers to present at Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Summit

The Fertilizer Institute’s annual 4R Summit kicks off at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 15th at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites, 120 West Market Street, in Indianapolis, Ind. It is open to farmers, agribusiness professionals and other stakeholders nationwide. Meeting registration and hotel reservations are available at the 4R website,, or by calling 800-315-1906. [Continue Reading…]

Xin: Lowest egg prices in a decade

Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center, says the layer population here has rebounded, “As of today, we have about 48 million laying hens and we lost about 25 million during the AI outbreak. So, at the high point, our state had about 59 million and so we’re about 10 to 11 million birds [Continue Reading…]

ABE alum selected as NMSU dean of College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Rolando Flores, professor and head of Food Science and Technology and director of the Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been selected as dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. He has a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University (1981) and a bachelor’s degree [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Power Pullers hope revamped transmission will allow their quarter-scale tractor to charge to victory

Students at Iowa State University building a from-scratch miniature tractor have pinned their hopes to a radical redesign of a critical component – but you might not notice it at first glance. Rather than build a hydraulic transmission, which is the industry standard, the Power Pullers have gambled on an electronic one in a bid [Continue Reading…]

Students, instructors flock to Tech Expo

Many community colleges and trade schools were on hand for students to talk to. Iowa State University was giving out five $5,000 scholarships at the event.

ITec alum named new Edinboro University president

H. Fred Walker, currently dean of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Applied Science and Technology, becomes Edinboro University’s 18th president, effective July 1. Walker, who holds a doctorate in industrial education and technology from Iowa State University, succeeds Julie Wollman as president of Edinboro University.

ISU students get hands-on experience with biomass production

ISU students, including Phil Skogmo an industrial technology senior, and their work at the BioCentury Research Farm were featured on KWQC TV6 on May 10. Students there are at the forefront of cutting edge biomass research, in hopes of creating a world with less waste and more profit. The BCRF is the only facility of its [Continue Reading…]

Researchers develop soy-based turfgrass fertilizer for improved sustainability

Growing a lush and environmentally friendly lawn might be easier thanks in part to some Iowa soybeans and some innovative research from the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2). David Grewell, agricultural and biosystems engineering professor and CB2 Director, and James Schrader, an associate scientist in horticulture, lead a team investigating the use of soy-based materials [Continue Reading…]

Xin: The cage-free hen movement has reached a tipping point in consumer preferences

Hongwei Xin, said he hoped consumers always will be able to choose between conventionally produced eggs and cage-free eggs, each of which has its pros and cons. Most of the corporate commitments to cage-free eggs have 2020 or 2025 deadlines, he said, because it can take years to complete the transition. Cage-free eggs cost more to produce [Continue Reading…]

AFIA, Iowa State offer FSMA training

The American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) and Iowa State University are offering a 2.5-day course leading to Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) designation as a “preventive controls qualified individual” (PCQI) for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The course, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, will be held June 27-29, 2016, at Elings Hall on the [Continue Reading…]