ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents outstanding faculty and staff awards

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff March 9. The award winners included: The Team Award went to the Bioplastics for the Green Industry Team. This interdisciplinary team has made significant contributions through research, extension and graduate education to improve the sustainability of specialty crop production. Producers … Continue reading ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents outstanding faculty and staff awards

Craft and Rosentrater named to CALS Sustainability Task Force

Kristina Craft is a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering. The goal of her graduate work is to increase understanding in the science involved in mitigating adverse water quality and soil health impacts of row crop systems while maintaining or improving upon production. Kurt Rosentrater, associate professor of agricultural … Continue reading Craft and Rosentrater named to CALS Sustainability Task Force

Birds-eye view of agriculture

Matt Darr, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, called UAVs a “bleeding-edge technology” with great potential in agriculture. And faculty and students at Iowa State are playing a multifaceted role in advancing this emerging technology, he says. Iowa State engineers are developing software to make UAVs smarter and faster at … Continue reading Birds-eye view of agriculture

Soil to space

Amy Kaleita, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has many reasons for working with remote sensing. “I got into sensors because I think they’re cool and fun,” she says, “but also as a grad- uate student I did enough field work by hand that I thought, we’d never be able to answer these big questions … Continue reading Soil to space

Monitoring animal health

Researchers are using remote sensing technologies to increase the health and efficiency of livestock production. One of the studies involved tracking chickens to get a sense of the basics for potential cage-free production. How many feeders to provide a cage-
free flock is one of the many production questions that need answering, says Hongwei Xin, director of … Continue reading Monitoring animal health

Creating new worlds to study plant life

“You can observe and measure phenotype, but it has been mostly done manually,” Tang says. “We see more and more automated applications to help scientists collect data. With the Enviratron we can probe the plant with very high precision using the robotic arm’s advanced imaging and sensors.”

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 Learning and leading by doing

Awards bestowed by Iowa State University Agricultural Honor Society

The Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta, presented awards April 21 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students. Two individuals’ accomplishments were recognized with the 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Thomas Loynachan, professor … Continue reading Awards bestowed by Iowa State University Agricultural Honor Society

CALS outstanding faculty and staff awards announced

The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announced its faculty and staff award winners for 2015. The Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Contributions Award was awarded to the Egg Industry Center. Staff members include Hongwei Xin, director and C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in both the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering and animal … Continue reading CALS outstanding faculty and staff awards announced

Iowa Learning Farms January webinar: Iowa nutrient reduction strategy discussion

Iowa Learning Farms begins its sixth year of monthly webinars on Thursday, Jan. 21. John Lawrence, associate dean in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University, and ILF program manager Jacqueline Comito will discuss conservation and the ISU Extension and Outreach role.

Generations of research, recommendations, results

Carl Pederson, an agricultural specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who has conducted research at the site, says long-term research sites reduce farmer risks associated with experimenting with new practices and products.

Prairie Strips improving soil health

Over time, there have been about 50 faculty members, scientists, post-docs and graduate students involved in the project. Schulte Moore shares STRIPS leadership with Matt Helmers, in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, and works with the team to promote the concept through demonstrations and meetings for farmers.