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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.

ISU Ag Professor Honored for Seed Industry Dedication and Achievement

Dr. Goggi pictured on the leftAn Iowa State University professor is the recipient of the 2019 Iowa Seed Association (ISA) Honorary Membership Award.  Dr. Susana Goggi, Professor of Agronomy, has dedicated her life to addressing major seed quality issues confronting the seed industry in Iowa and globally. 

Ten CALS Students Recognized as Seed Leaders and Awarded Scholarships

AMES, IA - Eleven scholarships were given to ten Iowa State University (ISU) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) students at the 2019 Iowa Agribusiness Showcase and Conference on February 13, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Eight Iowa Seed Association (ISA) Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded. One of ISA awarded students was selected as the Manjit Misra Outstanding Senior Scholar and received an additional $500 scholarship.

Misra Receives Outstanding Achievement in International Agriculture Award

By Megan Lutz, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service

"I like seeds... in each one of them is that urge of life waiting to express itself," said Manjit Misra, the director of the Seed Science Center. "They're so tiny but they are a powerhouse."

Misra is originally from India and in 1971 moved to Missouri where he "got two degrees and met his wife." He has been at Iowa State since 1979 and is receiving the Outstanding Achievement in International Agriculture Award.

Misra Receives ASABE Sukup Global Food Security Award

Misra ASABE Award 2018

Manjit Misra, director of the Seed Science Center and professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, was presented the 2018 ASABE Sukup Global Food Security Award during the 2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, on August 1.


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