Issue: 1257

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
July 17, 2023 

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS – About a month to go until students start to roll back onto campus and the pace and pulse of the academic year returns! In the meantime, we're thick into summer - vacations, field work, conferences, etc… Whatever you're up to these days, enjoy your work and the beautiful landscapes and communities all around us. More 

Top Stories

The first flock of turkeys raised at the Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility were recently loaded onto a semi and transported to West Liberty Foods for processing.

Campus Dining to Serve Iowa State Turkey
The first flock of turkeys raised at the Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility were recently loaded onto a semi and transported to West Liberty Foods for processing. The resulting 7,000 pounds of oven roasted turkey breast will be served at ISU Dining locations this fall. Serving the turkey produced at the Balloun facility provides Iowa State students and employees with locally sourced protein while supporting the university’s animal science program. More 

Do You Remember ISU Dining’s Turkey Canoes?
In the May 2000 issue of the Iowa Stater, alumni were asked if they recalled any to-die-for foods from the residence dining halls that they’d like to make in their own kitchens. Recipes were printed for the top four requests – the second most requested recipe was for Turkey Canoes, a Land O’ Lakes product.


New PCT Study Shows Increased Costs
The Egg Industry Center has released the latest U.S. egg industry post-production cost study. The study helps egg farmers compare industry costs with their own operational costs of processing (washing and weighing), putting eggs in cartons and transporting eggs to market. More 

Teaching and Students

News Features ISU Creamery and its Student-Focused Mission
The ISU Creamery and its student employees were featured on the We Are Iowa July 15 news. “Iowa State has made dairy products from scratch since the 19th century, but now, the people behind the sweet treat share one cool thing in common.” More 

Extension and Outreach

Plant and Pest Questions Addressed in YouTube Series
Building off his fame as a poet of plant science, Sebastian E. Bartholomew is now hosting his own YouTube show. “The Undergrowth,” recorded by the Integrated Pest Management team with ISU Extension and Outreach, features plant and insect experts at Iowa State, in conversation with Bartholomew, aka Adam Sisson, an industry extension specialist with the IPM program. More 

Application Period Open for Fall Master Gardener Training
Applications are now being accepted for the fall Master Gardener training offered by ISU Extension and Outreach. Participants will deepen their understanding of gardening, horticulture and the impact these activities can have on local communities. More 

Around the College

College Launches Redesigned Website
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences website has a fresh new look. Check out the new CALS Faculty and Staff Information page, the CALS Events page and other updated features. Explore the site and contact either Madelyn Ostendorf ( or Whitney Baxter ( on the CALS Communications team if you come across any broken links. 


Aug. 1: Northern Farm Field Day
The Northern Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day is Aug. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. The focus will be on corn rootworm, including management, scouting tips and advice. A free evening meal will be provided. Participants are asked to RSVP by July 25. More   

Aug. 4: Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Workshop
ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center will host a free half-day workshop on Friday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Field Extension and Education Laboratory near Boone. The workshop will focus on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and incorporating nutrient reduction practices into farm operations. More   

Aug. 28: Agritourism Bus Tour 
The Visit Iowa Farms Program and ISU Extension and Outreach are hosting a second “Exploring Iowa Agritourism Ventures” tour on Aug. 28. Five locations will be featured, including a flower farm, produce farms, livestock farm and farms that host on-farm events.
The tour bus will depart from Ames at 8:30 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. The tour is free and includes lunch, although registration is required. More 

Communications Kiosk

Attain vs. Obtain
To “attain” something is either to accomplish it through effort (e.g., a goal) or to reach a particular age, size, level, etc. To “obtain” something is to get it or gain possession of it. In best usage, you attain a degree and obtain a diploma. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, pg. 313)


Remembering the Floods of 1993 – 30 Years Later
The floods of 1993 were some of the most costly and impactful floods to ever occur in Iowa. And on July 9, 1993, those flood waters came to Ames when the Ioway Creek crested 11.5 feet above flood stage. The result was more than $7.5 million in damages to Iowa State University. It took several months to clean-up, but the Iowa State spirit of working together no matter the challenge got the university back on its feet. More 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online

Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online, the newsletter for faculty and staff in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is published by email every Monday. The deadline for submitting content is 12 p.m. on Thursday.


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