Issue: 1298

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
June 10, 2024 

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS – I just returned from visits to the American Farm School in Greece (see last week's message) and then our program in Rome, Italy, with the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (see pics and captions below). I have put off these visits for some years now, but am very glad I made the trip so we can further institutionalize these relationships and find added value and sustainable ways forward. Both of these locations are strategically important to the college with an array of students engaged from multiple departments and majors and changing nearly every year. We also have been discovering new ways for more faculty to engage… More 

Top Stories

Iowa State faculty including Thomas Lübberstedt, agronomy, Dorothy Masinde, horticulture, and David Brenner, North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, participated in a meeting and tour highlighting grain amaranth research in Uganda in May.

Uganda Hosts Grain Amaranth Research Tour
Iowa State faculty including Thomas Lübberstedt, agronomy, Dorothy Masinde, horticulture, and David Brenner, North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, participated in a meeting and tour highlighting grain amaranth research in Uganda in May. The research and outreach project is being conducted with the Iowa State University Station in Kamuli, Uganda, in cooperation with Makerere University in Kampala, and the USDA National Plant Germplasm System. Amaranth grain is made into porridge with finger millet and fed especially to children to solve lysine deficiency, a common problem there. (Vegetable amaranths are traditional in Uganda, but amaranth grain is new.) The tour was supported by a 2023 CALS Academy for Team Science Award. More (pg. 2) 


Scoops of Science: Celebrating Dairy and Agriculture Research
With the support of the House Agriculture Committee, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities hosted a creamery reception on Capitol Hill on June 4 to celebrate with Congress the role of public and land-grant universities and the vital contributions of agriculture research to society. Fourteen APLU member universities, including Iowa State, showcased their ice cream flavors, cheeses and preserves with policymakers. More 

Teaching and Students

Alum: Young Entrepreneur Addressing Demand for Goat Meat
Gavin Tindle, who graduated from Iowa State in May with a degree in agricultural business, launched Boer Certified in April. The premium quality goat meat business is based in his hometown of Montezuma, Iowa, and features meat products that are 75% Boer or higher. Just two months after launching, he is already seeing high demand. More 

Extension and Outreach

Iowa Swine Day Registration Now Open
Iowa Swine Day, on July 25 at the Iowa State Center, will present current information on critical topics emerging in the industry. Sessions will be presented by speakers from the United States and around the world. The event is organized and presented by the Iowa Pork Industry Center. A preconference symposium on July 24 will feature eight leading swine industry experts presenting Soybean Meal 360. More 

Can Beavers be Superheroes of Water Quality?
Beavers can play a critical role in improving water quality, but can also create challenges when it comes to crop or tree damage, tile drainage backflow, flooding concern and more. Explore new infographics to learn more about how humans and beavers can work together to coexist on the landscapes in both rural and urban settings. More 

Around the College

Faculty, Staff Recognized for Service to Learning Communities
The following faculty and staff working with CALS learning communities were honored for their contributions during Iowa State’s Learning Communities Institute on May 13. Also, several coordinators were recognized for years of service to learning communities: Heidi Ackerman (5), agronomy; Erik Underbakke (5), biochemistry; and John Burnett (25), natural resource ecology and management. More  

  • Barb Clawson, horticulture – Learning Communities Collaborator Award 
  • Clark Coffman, Corinna Most and Maria Espino, The Sky is the Limit: LC for Students Interested in the Life Sciences – Learning Communities Scholarship Award

Produce for Sale at the Horticulture Research Station
The Horticulture Research Station community produce sale is starting the 2024 season with strawberries, kale and butterhead lettuce. They also have honey and chickens. Orders can be placed from Tuesdays at noon through Thursdays at noon. Pickup is at the Meat Lab on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Credit cards are now accepted at pickup. More 


June 11, 18: Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Workshops
Two half-day workshops on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Your Farm will take place in June. The first on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. The second on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Swan Lake State Park near Carroll. ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center are sponsoring the workshops. Advance registration is requested for the free workshops. More 

June 19: Northeast Farm Field Day
The annual spring field day at Iowa State’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua is June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach will speak on climate trends impacting this year’s crops, the implications of soil erosion and nitrogen management. The event is free and open to the public, with registration requested. More 

June 20: Northern Farm Field Day
The annual summer field day at Iowa State’s Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha is June 20. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will speak on how to measure temperature in the field and its impact on crops, the growing season to date and planting trials for both corn and soybean. The event is free and open to the public, with pre-registration encouraged. More 

Oct. 29-30: Save the Date
The Egg Industry Center’s 2024 Egg Industry Issues Forum is Oct. 29-30 in Baltimore. More 

Communications Kiosk

Choosing Descriptive Text for Your Links
Hyperlinks are an easy way to share with readers useful information that is not in the original document. But some link language is clearer, more helpful and more accessible than others. Inside Iowa State worked with the communications and digital accessibility teams in IT Services on a few best practices for creating descriptive and accessible text links in websites, emails, documents or course materials. More 


VDL Develops Test for Japanese Encephalitis Virus 
Researchers at Iowa State’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have developed a diagnostic test for swine to detect Japanese encephalitis virus, a mosquito-borne disease common in southeast Asia. While the disease hasn’t been detected in the United States, it spread to Australia two years ago. More 

CAST Moves to ISU Research Park
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology is moving from their office in west Ames to the Iowa State University Research Park, effective tomorrow, June 11 (2625 North Loop Drive, Building 2, Suite 2610). The phone numbers and email addresses of CAST staff will remain the same. A ribbon cutting will be held with the Ames Chamber of Commerce on June 20 at noon. More 

Fostering Future Leaders and a More Inclusive Vision for Science
More than 180 early- and mid-career scientists, engineers and health professionals from around the world gathered at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C., last month to build connections and to explore how to make science more inclusive and sustainable. The weeklong conference was co-hosted by the New Voices program and the Global Young Academy, both of which are dedicated to promoting collaborations among young researchers and supporting their engagement in solving societal and global challenges. More 


World’s First Designated Wilderness Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary
Established in 1924, the Gila Wilderness was the world's first designated wilderness area, predating the Wilderness Act of 1964. It covers more than 750,000 acres in southwestern New Mexico’s Gila National Forest. It was Aldo Leopold, a forest supervisor in New Mexico, who proposed setting aside the land. He argued against the proposed expansion of a road system in the backcountry of the Gila National Forest and proposed instead that a large area be left roadless and preserved for wilderness recreation. Video Special events to celebrate the Gila Wilderness’ 100th anniversary will be going on throughout the year. 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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