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Agricultural and biosystems academic advising goes online

When Iowa State University moved to online instruction in March, it didn’t just impact course delivery. The transition also disrupted academic advising during the busy fall registration period. Academic advisors and the relationships they build with their student advisees are an important part of the undergraduate experience at Iowa State. To help keep their advisees …Continue reading “Agricultural and biosystems academic advising goes online”

Highlighting the Women of ABE

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering highlights the women faculty who contribute to the success of research and teaching in ABE at Iowa State University. These women demonstrate leadership and innovation in the classroom and laboratories and working with students, faculty, and industrial partners. Amy Kaleita Associate Professor …Continue reading “Highlighting the Women of ABE”

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.”

Modules provide education on grain handling, storage safety

The series is authored by Iowa State researchers Greg Brenneman, agricultural engineering specialist; Steve Johnson, farm management specialist; Erin Bowers, postdoctorate research associate in agriculture and biosystems engineering; Charles Hurburgh, professor and extension ag health and safety specialist in agriculture and biosystems engineering; Alison Robertson, associate professor and extension specialist in plant pathology and microbiology; …Continue reading “Modules provide education on grain handling, storage safety”

Mosher: Grain explosion numbers falling

In northwest Iowa, Plymouth County officials responded to a grain bin explosion that injured two workers last week. It took nearly an hour for fire teams to put out the flames. As it happens, it takes the stars aligning to get a grain bin to blow up. A series of five events need to take …Continue reading “Mosher: Grain explosion numbers falling”

Mosher & Schwab: Confined spaces are hazardous for farmers

Farmers are exposed to various types of confined-space hazards during normal working conditions. However, it is possible to avoid being injured if proper steps are taken. During National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 20-26, agriculture engineering experts at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach suggest farmers plan ahead for hazardous situations that may occur …Continue reading “Mosher & Schwab: Confined spaces are hazardous for farmers”

Confined spaces are hazardous for farmers

Grain entrapments can happen quickly. To ensure an even flow of grain from the silo or wagon through a small opening at the unloading gate, workers will walk on top of the flowing grain and become trapped within seconds. “Grain is like quicksand,” said Charles Schwab, professor and extension specialist in agricultural and biosystems engineering …Continue reading “Confined spaces are hazardous for farmers”

Five Miller fellowships awarded for 2015-16

Written by Anne Krapfl Five faculty proposals to develop new approaches for teaching undergraduate courses will share $56,000 in available funds for 2015-16, the 19th year of the Miller Faculty Fellowship program. Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert endorsed the recommendations of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) advisory board, which …Continue reading “Five Miller fellowships awarded for 2015-16”