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Staff Spotlight: Michael Stahr

Mike Stahr, June 2020It was November 1979 when Dr. Leroy Everson hired the current Iowa State University Seed Lab Manager, Michael “Mike” Stahr, as a student seed analyst.  While Mike’s passion for seeds has now spanned over 40 years, his love of agriculture is his DNA.  Mike’s parents both grew up on farms and moved to Iowa when Mike was a young child.

Seven CALS Students Awarded Seed Scholarships

Seed Science Scholarship Winners

Left to Right: Dr. Thomas Brumm, Madeline Frischmeyer, Erin Strichter, Haley Stahl, Governor Kim Reynolds, Eric Heick, Brandyn Chapman, Louis Burton,  Malcolm St. Cyr, Dr. Manjit Misra  

Dr. Leroy Everson Legacy Lives on at ISU-SSC

Dr. Leroy Everson spent more than 30 years at Iowa State University (ISU) as a seed scientist and served as Director of the Seed Science Center (SSC), until his retirement in 1980.  The father of four and former Navy lieutenant commander passed away in 2005, yet his legacy at ISU lives on through the generosity of his children. 

For the past seven years John Everson, along with his sisters, Karin Everett, Grace Turley, and Mary Everson, continued funding the seed science scholarship established by their father and the annual seed symposium named in their parents’ honor.

Iowa State University Honored with the Borlaug Medallion

World Food Prize Press Release: This week, in his last act as President of the World Food Prize Foundation, Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn presented Iowa State University with the Norman E. Borlaug Medallion. Iowa State University joined the past honorees as only the ninth recipient of the Borlaug Medallion. Presented in the spirit of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, this award recognizes world leaders and exceptional institutions for their impact on issues of global food security that benefit humankind.

ISU Researcher Seeking Ag Professionals to Interview About Use of Big Data

With global food demand set to double by the year 2050, it is important for farmers and agriculture professionals to have good data in order to improve productivity and feed a growing world population.  That is part of the reason why the Ivy College of Business and the Seed Science Center are teaming up to study the digital agriculture ecosystem.  The study is being spearheaded by Dr.

ISU-SSC Hosts Visiting Seed Researcher from India

Alka SinghDr. Alka Singh, Professor and Principal Scientist from the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India, spent two weeks in October 2019 as a guest researcher at the Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC). 

Applications Being Accepted for $11,500 in Scholarship Money

AMES, IA – The Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) and Iowa Seed Association are accepting applications for 11 scholarships.  This year, nine Iowa Seed Association (ISA) scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded along with the $1,000 Bill Latham Memorial Scholarship and the $1,000 Lisa Shepherd Jenkins Memorial Scholarship.   The Manjit Misra Outstanding Senior Scholar will also receive an additional $500.  

Woteki and Lambert Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Catherine Woteki and Walker LambertAMES, IA – A science educator and a film producer were honored at the 2019 Everson Global Seed Symposium.  The Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) gave the Lifetime Achievement and Service Award in Seed Science Technology and Systems to two very deserving individuals.

Arias Promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor

A Seed Science Center postdoctoral researcher has accepted a new position as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology.  Dr. Silvina Arias has worked at the Iowa State SSC for three years with Dr. Charles Block and Dr. Gary Munkvold  on the role of seeds in the epidemiology of bacterial leaf streak of maize, caused by Xanthomonas vasicola pv.

Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business Director Honored with Regents Award

Gary Munkvold receives Regents Award Plant Pathology and Microbiology Professor Gary Munkvold was honored Monday, September 23 with the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.  The annual recognition, presented by the Iowa Board of Regents, recognizes tenured faculty members who are outstanding university citizens and who have rendered significant service to Iowa State University (ISU) or the state of Iowa.

ISU Graduate Joins ISU-SSC as Administrative Specialist

Bobbie Jo Gustafson joins Seed Science CenterThere is a new face at the Iowa State University Seed Science Center (SSC).  Bobbie Jo Gustafson joined the staff as an Administrative Specialist II on August 26, 2019.  Gustafson, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Design at ISU in 1997, says she is excited to be back on campus and at the SSC.

SSC Advisory Council Chair, Bruce Maunder, Passes Away at Age 85

It is with great sadness the Iowa State University Seed Science Center (ISU-SSC) announces the passing of Dr. Bruce Maunder on Monday, August 5, 2019.  Dr. Maunder was a friend and  served as Chair to the ISU-SSC advisory council since 1994. He, and his wife Kathy, contributed to the education of many future seed scientists though anonymous donations to various ISU-SSC scholarships. 

Registration Now Open for 2019 Everson Global Seed Symposium

 AMES, IowaRegistration is now open for the 2019 Everson Global Seed Symposium at Iowa State University, October 14-15, 2019.  The symposium, held in conjunction with the World Food Prize in Des Moines, will feature some of the brightest minds in seed business, technology, science and art.

ISU Seed Scientist Working to Control Highly Contagious Tomato Virus

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV)AMES, Iowa – If you love tomatoes, you may want to plant your own or buy local this spring or potentially face paying higher prices at the grocery store.  Iowa State University Seed Science Center (ISU-SSC) is working with SENASICA, the department of Agriculture in Mexico, to help identify and stop the sprea

Spring Seed Workshop Goes on the Road to Mexico City

AMSAC Seed Conditioning Workshop in Mexico CityAmes, IA – The Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) provides educational opportunities all over the world.  During the first week of May 2019, 23 seed professionals attended the Seed Corn Conditioning Workshop in Mexico City taught by Alan Gaul, SSC Seed Conditioning Specialist

Investing in sustainability pays off in many ways

AMES, Iowa – A farmer using big data technology to manage pesticide application or a school cafeteria director conducting an audit to reduce food waste are both saving money by investing in sustainability.


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