Transparent soil research continues in the L. Cademartiri lab

Ludovico Cademartiri and his research group have been working to provide tools for plant science and agronomy since 2012. After five years, their research has made major advancements for the plant science and agriculture communities enabling them to develop transparent soil technology and receive a generous grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. … Continue reading Transparent soil research continues in the L. Cademartiri lab

ABE graduate students awarded scholarships

Congratulations to the following ABE graduate students who were recently recognized by the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE): Conrad Brendel – Iowa Section ASABE Outstanding M.S. student: Brendel grew up in Elizabethtown, PA and completed his B.S. at Iowa State in … Continue reading ABE graduate students awarded scholarships

Kaleita and Bowler research low-cost sensors to monitor nitrate concentration

CoE faculty project can help landowners with conservation efforts The USDA recently awarded Amy Kaleita, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Nicola Bowler, professor of materials science and engineering and of electrical engineering, a research grant to study how to produce a low-cost sensor to monitor nitrate concentration in drainage tile lines. Though … Continue reading Kaleita and Bowler research low-cost sensors to monitor nitrate concentration

Manjit Misra

ABE professor appointed chair of USDA advisory council

Manjit Misra, Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Seed Science Center, has been named chairman of the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council. The council was created to provide scientific advice for the US Department of Agriculture and the National Genetic Resources Program related to the collection, maintenance and utilization … Continue reading ABE professor appointed chair of USDA advisory council

Building awareness of biobased products

Helping shift the United States to an agricultural-based economy has taken a life of its own at Iowa State University Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). Since 2002, students, faculty, and staff have been working to develop the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred program, which was implemented to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products.

USDA Certified Biobased Product label

CIRAS assists USDA with new biobased product label program

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now making it easier for consumers to identify biobased products with the launch of the BioPreferred labeling program. Under the new voluntary program, manufacturers and vendors can, after obtaining certification from USDA, market their certified biobased product using the “USDA Certified Biobased Product” label. The seal will contain … Continue reading CIRAS assists USDA with new biobased product label program