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New Director for Iowa Crop Improvement Association

ISU's Jim Rouse named interim director of Iowa Crop Improvement Association.

Jim Rouse has been named interim director of the Iowa Crop Improvement Association. The nonprofit ICIA is the official seed certifying agency for Iowa, with headquarters in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University.

On July 1, Rouse assumed the responsibilities of Del Koch, who is retiring from the position after four years. Koch will continue to serve as the executive director of the Committee for Ag Development, a nonprofit affiliate organization of ISU.

Rouse, a native of Ayrshire in northwest has been project leader for the ICIA's Iowa Crop Performance Tests since 2005. Each year the tests measure yields of hundreds of varieties of corn and soybeans in multiple locations around Iowa to help growers identify high-performance lines. Tests also are conducted on alfalfa and small grain crops.

What is Iowa Crop Improvement Association?

Rouse was a graduate research assistant in ISU's corn breeding program from 2001 to 2004. From 1995 to 2001, he worked in the commercial seed industry. He earned a Ph.D. in plant breeding and a master's in entomology, both at ISU.

The Iowa Crop Improvement Association's mission is to provide an unbiased source of service and education in production and quality assurance for Iowa agricultural crops. Founded in 1902, ICIA has provided seed production and crop performance testing services for 87 years. The membership is composed of farmers, seed producers and others interested in crop improvement. Lee Huey of Ames currently is president of the nine-member board of directors. The Iowa Crop Improvement Association supports the ISU Crops Team, sponsors the Iowa FFA Agronomy Career Development event, offers a summer internship program and awards five annual scholarships to ISU undergraduates.

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