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Kathleen Delate


Department of Horticulture
147 Horticulture Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA  50011-1100

(515) 294-7069
147 Horticulture


Doctor of Philosophy, University of California-Berkeley,  1991
Master of Science, University of Florida, 1986
Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, 1977

Research Focus

Dr. Delate’s research and extension program evaluates agroecological methods to improve organic farming systems in Iowa.  Her research focuses on nutrient and pest management strategies that enhance production while lowering agriculture’s environmental footprint.  Current projects include an examination of appropriate crop rotations, organic no-till, varietal response, and integrated crop-livestock systems to improve soil quality and economic returns.

Awards/Special Recognition

2013 College of Agriculture & Life Sciences “Outstanding Achievement in Extension &  Outreach” Award
2010 American Society of Agronomy (ASA) appointment as Section Chair, Agronomic  Production Systems: 2010-2011
2009 ASA Board of Directors appointment representing Organic Management Systems
2008 USDA-CSREES appointment to co-lead Multi-State Project on Organic  Agriculture and Soil Quality
2008 Gubernatorial appointment as Board Member of the Iowa Agricultural  Development  Association (IADA), Des Moines, IA: 2008-2012
2008 Elected as Vice-Chair of the ASA Integrated Agricultural Systems Division  (Division A- 8): 2008–2009; Chair: 2009–2010
2006 Gubernatorial appointment as Board Member of Iowa Prison Industries (IPI) to  provide recommendations on IPI organic farm operations, Des Moines, IA: 2006-2012
2006 Elected as Chair of the ASHS Organic Horticulture Working Group: 2006-2007
2005 Appointed as Panel Chair for the USDA-CSREES Integrated Organic Program
2002 Iowa State University Individual Achievement in Extension Award
2000 Appointed to Steering Committee of Scientific Congress on Organic Agriculture  Research (SCOAR), by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
1997 Gubernatorial appointment as Board Member of the Iowa Department of  Agriculture and Land Stewardship Organic Advisory Committee, Des Moines, IA: 1997- present

Teaching Responsibilities

Horticulture 484/584 (Cross-listed with AGRON and SUSAG) Organic Agriculture: Theory and Practice