After serving a year as interim director, Jim Rouse has been named the executive director of the Iowa Crop Improvement Association. The nonprofit association is the official seed certifying agency for the state of Iowa and is affiliated with Iowa State University's agronomy department.
A native of Ayrshire in northwest Iowa, he has been project leader for the association's Iowa Crop Performance Tests since 2005. Each year the performance tests measure yield and other agronomic characteristics of hundreds of varieties of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and small grain crops throughout Iowa to help growers identify high-performance lines. Rouse will continue to wear two hats. He will continue his duties of managing the Iowa crop variety yield testing program, along with helping run ICIA.
Rouse was a graduate research assistant in ISU's corn breeding program from 2001 to 2004. Prior to then he worked in the commercial seed industry. He has a doctorate degree in plant breeding and a master's in entomology from ISU.
The ICIA's mission is to provide an unbiased source of service and education in production and quality assurance for Iowa agricultural crops. Founded in 1902, the association has provided seed production and crop performance testing services for 87 years. The association's membership includes farmers, seed producers and others interested in crop improvement. Lee Huey of Ames is president of the nine-member board of directors.