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.”
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.