Issue: 427

College News

Kliebenstein Presented Regional Teaching Award

Jim Kliebenstein, economics, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. __He was one of six regional winners to receive the award.

Animal Agriculture Vision Report Released

A new report developed at Iowa State shows there is excellent potential for growth of the state's animal food systems, which would result in more jobs and higher cash receipts.

Student Writes of Kenyan Study Abroad

"Exploring the Roots of Malnutrition" is the title of an article written by Amber Herman, public service and administration in agriculture senior. The Truman Scholar and School for International Training (SIT) Study Abroad alum wrote of her experiences in Kenya for a SIT newsletter.

Faculty Panel on Uganda Project Nov. 28

The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods will present a special seminar Nov. 28 titled "Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Sustainable Livelihoods, Kamuli district, Uganda." It will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 9 Curtiss Hall. A faculty panel including Lee Burras, agronomy; Lorna Michael Butler, Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; Jan Flora, sociology; and Richard Schultz, natural resource ecology and management; will discuss the topic.

Grant to Leopold Center Continues Value Chain Work

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has received a $500,000 grant from the Henry A. Wallace Center at Winrock International to begin a third phase of the successful Value Chain Partnerships for a Sustainable Agriculture (VCPSA) project. More:

Forestry Club Christmass Tree Sale Begins Saturday

The Forestry Club's Christmas tree sale begins this weekend at the Reiman Gardens' Maintenance Shed, 1407 Elwood Drive. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays starting Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25 and 26, and continuing Dec. 1 to 3 and Dec. 8 to 10. On sale are: white and Scotch pine trees and Balsam fir trees and wreaths.

Hort Club Taking Orders for Poinsettias

The Horticulture Club is taking orders for its annual poinsettia sale. Forms are available from Ashley Heise, sale chair, at Orders will be ready to be picked up after 1 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Horticulture Greenhouses. Payment will be due upon pick-up.

Deadlines & Reminders

Nov. 21: Deadline for College of Agriculture faculty and staff award nominations and ISU award nominations to be reviewed by the College, Room 130 Curtiss

Nov. 27: Think Tank on Animal Agriculture, "Issues in livestock and wildlife: Compatible or not," 6 p.m., Campanile Room, Memorial Union, register by e-mailing Julie Roberts, at, by noon Nov. 24

Nov. 28: "A Call to Action Summit: Ensuring Iowa's Leadership in the Bioeconomy," Scheman Building

Nov. 29-30: 18th Annual Integrated Crop Management Conference and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa Agribusiness Expo, campus

Dec. 15: Deadline for Center for Integrated Animal Genomics grant proposals

Communications Kiosk

Seasonal or Seasonable

Seasonal means either "dependent on a season" (snow skiing is a seasonal hobby) or "relating to the seasons or a season" (the seasonal aisle stays stocked most of the year, starting with Valentines Day gifts in January). Seasonable means "timely" (seasonable motions for continuance) or "fitting the season" (it was unseasonably cold for July). (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003)

INFOGRAZING Training Session Set for Nov. 28

A training has been added for Nov. 28. Most federal grant-making agencies are posting electronic application packages through Many are requiring electronic submission of applications. The session will provide an overview of the system and how it fits with the GoldSheet routing. It will be 9 to 10:30 a.m., in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. Register through AccessPlus, by clicking the employee tab, then the HRS Training link. Seating is limited. University units interested in a hands-on session in a computer lab should contact Diane Meyer at

Cast Commentary Addresses Biofuels

A new Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Commentary titled "Convergence of Agriculture and Energy: Implications for Research and Policy" seeks to identify the most critical issues for biofuel production to aid policy development. The commentary is available online at

Report Forecasts no Viable Ocean Fishing by 2050

Research shows that, if present fishing practices are allowed to continue, there will be no viable ocean fishing in just another 40 to 50 years. The research, published in the journal "Science," is the result of four years of work by a dozen scientists from all over the world.

External Voices

The Holy Grail of High-Value Crops

"We're not getting enough value out of corn and beans. But these grapes, there's a tremendous market emerging. On one acre of ground, if we net $40 with corn or beans we've done good. With grapes, you could net upwards of $1,500 an acre. For us, growing grapes, it's the holy grail of high-value crops."
-- Corey Goodhue, industrial technology senior whose family cultivates 3,300 acres of corn and soybeans near Des Moines (New York Times, Nov. 20, Iowa Finds Itself Deep in Heart of Wine Country)

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