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.”
Dr. Clark Ford, professor in food science and human nutrition, has been named the 2016 Iowa State University AgOnline Teacher of Year for his World Food Issues (Agron 342) online course. Bestowed during National Distance Education Week, the award is given by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer.
Adam Blake Wright (MS) has earned a 2017 Focus Grant to produce his originally-written children’s play Magically Modified Grimm's, a comedic fairy tale mash-up set in the world of 21st-century agriculture.
Rebecca Nixon (MS) won second place in the graduate student category at the 2016 Borlaug Poster Competition held in conjunction with Iowa State’s annual Norman Borlaug Lecture. Nixon’s poster showcased her research findings with the Tian Shan Policy Center, a nonprofit located at the American University of Central Asia.
Wallaces Farmer highlighted David Weisberger (MS) for his graduate research regarding oats and other organic small grains. Since 2014, Weisberger has worked with Dr. Mary Wiedenhoeft (Agronomy) to examine how farmers can better incorporate small grains as a third crop into corn and soybean production.
Current and entering students are invited to apply for a research assistantship position beginning Spring 2017 with Dr. Nancy Grudens-Schuck.
The Sustainable Agriculture Student Association successfully hosted the multi-day event "Seeds of the Future" after receiving a $2,500 Campus Challenge Grant from Plate of the Union, a 2016 election season initiative that asks the next president to take bold action to reform our nation’s food system.