Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center Storage Event!

July 8, 2016

This summer, Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center (HASLC) is holding a storage event that will cater to the needs of Iowa State University students during the transition from summer to fall housing. It is very common for students to be left homeless for a few days while they wait to move into a new home for the fall semester. So, HASLC is offering a solution! 

Denim and Diamonds Event this weekend!

July 8, 2016

This weekend, Saturday, July 9 the 2016 American Junior Simmental Association National Classic Denim and Diamonds event is taking place in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  The event runs from Saturday, July 9 to Friday, July 15.  For schedule information, please click here.  

Iowa Swine Day Sees an Increase in Attendees

July 5, 2016

Iowa Swine DayProducers from all over the country attended the 5th  Annual Iowa Swine Day held at Scheman Auditorium on the Iowa State University Campus. Topics ranging from water quality to economic prospects for pork production to FDA Guidances and Veterinary Feed Directives were discussed. 

Swine Day this Thursday!

June 28, 2016


Iowa Swine day will be this Thursday, June 30 at the Scheman Building.  Registration begins at 7:30am and the programs are from 9 – 4:30pm.  This conference is pre-approved for 6 CEUs from ARPAS, and 7.5 scientific and 4.25 management CEUs by the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine. 


ASAS named ISU Award Recipients

June 27, 2016

The American Society of Animal Science has named recipients of awards to present at the Joint Annual Meeting July 19 -23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Dr. Don Beerman, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Chair, received the  Fellow of the American Society of Animal Science.


Horse Nutrition and Pasture Improvement Field Day on June 20, 2016

June 2, 2016

Iowa State University along with Purina and Dow AgroSciences is offering a professional horseman’s field day on Monday, June 20 from 2-7pm.  The event is to benefit the serious horse breeder looking to gain optimum nutrition for broodmares and growing horses.  Registration begins at 2pm.  Anyone can register and it is free.  Department of Animal Science Horse Farm Manager and Lecturer, Nikki Ferwerda, comments that this is open to the public and is geared towards anyone raising horses, especially horse breeders .  “We will be talking about nutrition for broodmares a

Hot Dog!

May 27, 2016

Dogs are everywhere at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center this weekend.  The Cyclone Country Kennel Club of Ames is hosting a dog agility trial today, Saturday and Sunday.  

"This is a free event which is open to the public and anyone is invited to watch the dogs run"  says Val Hims, Cyclone Country Kennel Club member.  The trial is a timed competition with two different courses:  Jumper with weaves and a standard course with contacts.  

Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award Recipients

May 23, 2016

Friday, May 20,  the Iowa State University Inspiration Awards and Annual Reception was held at the ISU Alumni Center.  The faculty-staff recipients included Larry Ebbers, William Edwards, Debra Gibson, Garry Greenlee, Thomas Hill, Robert Jolly and our own Animal Science faculty member – Matthew Ellinwood

Matthew Ellinwood


Sausage, Bratwurst and Meatballs - Oh My!

May 23, 2016

That is what students are making in Dr. Rodrigo Tarté’s class, Animal Science 460/560 (Processed Meats).  Dr. Tarté is an Assistant Professor of Animal Science and says in his class students learn principles of meat and food chemistry, meat processing, preservation and non-meat ingredient technology in order to transform raw commodities like meat and poultry into processed, value-added, products. 

Animal Science Students Receive Targeting Excellence Awards

May 19, 2016

Targeting Excellence just announced that they have awarded $123,000 in combined scholarships to 58 students from Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.  The scholarships were awarded to students enrolled in two-year, four-year, graduate and veterinary programs with a focus on food animal agriculture.  Four of the six recipients from Iowa were from Iowa State University's Animal Science Program.  These students are Danielle James, Kristin Hansen, Shelby Curry and Tyler Triggs.  


Animal Science and Study Abroad

May 10, 2016

There are several study abroad opportunities that students can participate in through the Department of Animal Science this year.   Students gain valuable life skills, strengthen leadership skills, experience personal growth and broaden their worldview by having exposure to new cultures through these study abroad programs.  

2016 Brazil Beef and Horse Industry Study Team 

Dr. Peggy Auwerda and Dr. Brad Skaar

Meat Judging Team Sees Success at 2016 Southeastern

May 9, 2016

In mid-April, the 2016 ISU Meat Judging Team completed their spring competition schedule by competing in the Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest hosted by The Ohio State University – Columbus and the University of Kentucky – Lexington. The team earned 4th place honors in the contest where 9 full teams vied for the champion trophy.  The Cyclones finished with divisional honors:  3rd in beef grading, specifications, and pork judging; and 4th in reasons.

Animal Science Graduate Student Scholarships

May 5, 2016

Friday, April 29th the Department of Animal Science hosted a Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards Ceremony in the Ensminger room at 1204 Kildee Hall.  The Ceremony was a chance for students to be recognized for their achievements and presented an award by Professor and Department Chair, Dr. Don Beermann.  Below are those students who received awards.  


Duane & Shirley Acker International Fellowship


Egg Industry Forum

April 28, 2016

Last week the Iowa State University Egg Industry Center hosted their 8th annual Egg Industry Forum at the Embassy Suites in downtown Chicago.  The goal of the forum is to update or increase people's awareness on the latest developments and priority issues concerning the U.S.

Block and Bridle 72nd Annual Horse Show

April 28, 2016

The 72nd Annual Block and Bridle Horse Show took place at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center this past weekend.  The show was for exhibitors to bring their horses and be evaluated by a judge.  Some of the classifications were showmanship, halter, English performance and Western performance.  Some of the breeds that were represented were American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse, POA, Appaloosa, and Miniature with over 175 entries.   Exhibitors of all ages attended, with a large showing of youth participants!   


Science with Practice Spring Poster Presentation

April 26, 2016


Posters lined Kildee Hall on Tuesday, April 26 with Agriculture Education and Studies Science With Practice (SWP) posters.  Each Spring the class has a Poster Presentation and Reception to celebrate student success and recognition of student research and project development.  Students present posters to graduate students in the Ag Education Department.  Students are then given awards for best posters.


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