"With this new version, we're offering students a more holistic learning environment, and teachers a lot more options to tailor PEWI to meet their specific instructional goals," said Lisa Schulte-Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management who leads the team that developed PEWI.
This year marks a 10-year anniversary of the STRIPS (Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips) project. Iowa State University with the help from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and several other partners started the STRIPS project in 2007 at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.
As of November 1, GPSA is excited to announce our new program coordinator, Lynette Edsall. She comes with a rich resume of service to ISU and graduate education. Below is how Lynette describes herself: “I am an Iowa girl, born and raised in Cherokee. I took a detour to Minneapolis for a few years after high school but returned home after a serious car accident to pursue my education.
Agricultural systems have a major role to play in feeding the world while protecting the planet, and Valentin Picasso looks to new crops and new techniques that can further this monumental task.
Rodale Institute has announced the recipients to be honored at the upcoming 7th Annual Organic Pioneer Awards (OPA) dinner. The OPA is an opportunity to recognize a research scientist, farmer and business that are leading the way to an organic planet. Recipients include researcher Dr. Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University; organic farmer, Tom Beddard, Lady Moon Farms; and founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard.
A listening session to gather input on the future of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will be held on October 18, 2017 at Iowa State University. The session is open to the public and will begin at 3:10 pm in the Ensminger Room at 1204 Kildee Hall. In attendance will be students from the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, as part of their weekly Colloquium. The GPSA is the first program in the US to offer MS and PhD degrees in sustainable agriculture, with many of the current students and alumni supported by the Leopold Center. This is one of several listening sessions being held around the state, led by a task force that is gathering input from the public.
Navreet Mahal, a 4th-year PhD student co-majoring in Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture, had a busy summer conducting corn stalk sap nitrate analyses on seven research sites in Iowa. The main objective of this project was to evaluate a new test to optimize nitrogen fertilizer inputs.
First-year master’s degree student in Sustainable Agriculture and Economics Albulena Basha comes to ISU from Iowa’s Sister State, Kosovo. Albulena is one of the six students from Kosovo whose graduate education in the U.S. is funded by the Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) Fellowship, administered by the American Councils for International Education. This competitive fellowship has a stipulation that students must return to Kosovo upon their completion of master’s degree to help develop the country.
Ahna Kruzic is a community organizer turned activist-researcher from rural southern Iowa. Ahna has worked as a researcher, community organizer, coalition-builder, and more. As Director of Publications and Communications at Food First, otherwise known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, Ahna coordinates, contributes to, and publishes communications, analyses, and research-for-action which seeks to dismantle exploitative racism, capitalism, and oppression in the food and agriculture system.
As more consumers take an interest in how their food reaches their tables, Dr. Millman, a professor in the department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine as well as the biomedical sciences department, has helped to usher the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine to the forefront of animal welfare research.
Several students presented academic posters at the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Research Symposium, held on April 19 at the Memorial Union. Each year, students have the opportunity to present and discuss their research during a poster session, as well as participate in a poster competition with cash prizes.
Join us on Wednesday, April 19, from 5:30-9pm for the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Research Symposium in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. Karl Zimmerer will deliver the keynote address, "Strengthening the Sustainability of Agricultural Biodiversity."
Nataliya Apanovich (PhD) has twice traveled to Uganda during her time at Iowa State: August to December 2015 and May to November 2016. Although her trips first began as a way to gather academic research, the relationships she formed led Apanovich to invest in the Grass Roots Café and Deli, which she now co-owns
Although only a handful of students in the Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Program aspire to be farmers, alum Dana Jokela (MS ‘16) has taken the skills and knowledge he acquired at Iowa State to create a growing business at Sogn Valley Farm. After completing his first successful season as a full-time farmer last year, Jokela looks forward to a fruitful 2017 in which he can continue to expand his agricultural enterprise.
On March 9, the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff. Of the nearly two dozen honorees, four are faculty for the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture.
Kristine Neu (PhD) has been recognized with a 2017-18 Brown Graduate Fellowship, providing her a $10,000 scholarship for the upcoming academic year. Awarded annually, the Brown Graduate Fellowship advances Iowa State research in the areas of science, agriculture and space science that are governed by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust.
Ala’ Khaleel (MS) won first place in the student poster competition at the 2017 Soil Health Conference, which took place February 16-17 in Ames. Entitled “Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics of Tree Windbreaks in the U.S. Great Plains,” Khaleel’s poster explored how windbreak practices can contribute to organic carbon and other relevant soil properties.
On Feb. 3, alums Stephanie Enloe (MS ‘14) and Anna Johnson (MS ‘16) opened a Central for Rural Affairs office in Nevada, IA, to continue their work related to crop insurance, renewable energy and other areas of rural community development.
On Feb. 2, the Sustainable Agriculture Student Association held its first meeting of the year to honor a crop of new and returning officers. Leading the charge as SASA co-presidents, Morgan Bradley (MS/MCRP) and Erika Rodbell (MS) said that they look forward to building vital leadership skills while serving both the Iowa State and Ames communities.
Graduate student Hanna Poffenbarger (PhD), Dr. Ajay Nair (Horticulture) and Dr. Matthew Liebman (Agronomy) recently presented research at the Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference, which took place Jan. 19-21 in Ames. The conference has served as the backbone of PFI since its founding, providing farmers with “learning, networking and grassroots solutions to on-farm challenges for a more diverse, sustainable agricultural landscape.”