ISU Research Farms utilize conservation practices for science, stewardship

“The majority of our fields without trials are planted with cover crops. We also have planted milkweed for monarch butterfly conservation and for pollinator habitat,” said Schnabel, a 2010 graduate of ISU in agricultural systems technology. “All these practices add benefits to the land, environment and cropping system. Installing and utilizing these practices on our [Continue Reading…]

CALS young alum of the month: Kruse (AST)

Name: Brad Kruse, Title and Company: Test Engineer, Kine Manufacturing, Hometown: Dyersville, IA, Major and Graduation Date: M.S. Industrial and Agricultural Technology- Fall 2015; B.S. Agricultural Systems Technology- Spring 2014 Major Job/Position Responsibilities: I support product testing from the point of initial concept to production on new products and options for the both planter and grain cart product [Continue Reading…]

Welding industry tech to student opportunities

David Grewell has his thumb on the pulse of industry. He also has a unique approach to problem solving, which he uses in his research and encourages among his students. A professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, Grewell brings a wealth of real-world experience to the next generation of industry professionals. His goal is to see [Continue Reading…]

Conservation rising to new heights

Rachel Lenz found her senior capstone project in agricultural systems technology to be a perfect fit for her passion and skill set. Lenz and her team are creating a land management plan for the Des Moines International Airport to identify which conservation practices are best suited to their 800 acres of land. Her team has designed a [Continue Reading…]

Learning and leading by doing

The hands-on nature of the agricultural systems technology major appealed to Colin Connor, and it turned out to provide ample opportunities for leadership development. As a freshman and sophomore, Connor served on committees in the 80-member Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) Club. He became treasurer as a junior and was elected president as a senior last year. “I [Continue Reading…]

AST alum part of new leadership at ISU research farm

The Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research and Demonstration Farm near Boone has new leadership. Mike Fiscus has been appointed superintendent of the farm and Nathan Meyers has been named the farm’s agricultural engineering manager. Both are Iowa State alums. Fiscus earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies in 1993 and Meyers earned a bachelor’s degree in [Continue Reading…]

AST alum plans new grazing system

Before Allamakee County livestock producer Ryan Collins, a 2009 graduate of the ag systems technology program at Iowa State University, purchased his own farm in 2011, he knew the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service could help him plan a rotational grazing system through previous experiences with the agency on land his family rented.

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…]

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.

Agriculture and Life Sciences college names Boeshart as commencement student marshal

Shane Boeshart, agricultural systems technology (AST), will serve as College of Agriculture and Life sciences student marshal during the fall 2015 commencement ceremony. He will be accompanied by Jenny Macken, academic adviser of AST in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, as he leads his peers into the ceremony held Dec. 19. The Clear [Continue Reading…]

ABE students finish internships at Anez Consulting

Two Iowa State University students are finishing their summer internships in the Willmar area at Anez Consulting Inc. of Willmar. They are Ashlyn Milbrath and Mitchell Hora. Milbrath grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is attending Iowa State University for biological systems engineering and agronomy. She assisted the engineering team with various projects and [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Learning Farms guest blog post: Making a difference

Today’s guest blogger is Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks! student intern Pacifique Mugwaneza Simon, or Pac for short! Pac is a fourth year student at Iowa State University studying Industrial Technology and Agriculture System Technology. His family is originally from Burundi, a small country in East Africa, but Pac spent most of his childhood in refugee [Continue Reading…]