Issue: 514

College News

Bietz Becomes President of Dairy Science Association
Donald Bietz, distinguished professor of animal science and of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, has been named president of the American Dairy Science Association. He was named at the association's annual meeting with the American Society of Animal Science last month in Indianapolis. 

Animal Scientist Part of Bioinformatics Standardization Effort
James Reecy, animal science, is part of an international effort to harmonize standards for high-throughput biology. More than 20 grass-roots standardization groups have combined to form the "Minimum Information about a Biomedical or Biological Investigation" (MIBBI) initiative. The scientists' methodology for the initiative was described in an article published Aug. 7 in the journal Nature Biotechnology. The Nature Biotechnology article can be found at:

Research Farm News Roundup
Recent news from the Research and Demonstration Farms includes:

  • A sugar beet field tour is planned for Sept. 25 at the Muscatine Island Research Farm near Fruitland. The beets are being tested for their potential as ethanol feedstocks.
  • The Research and Demonstration Farms office is coordinating 15 storm-related claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for losses on ISU farms in nine counties. Losses were primarily building wind damage, roadway and waterway erosion and tile blowouts.
  • The Horticulture Station near Gilbert hosted 200 people for the annual Turfgrass Field Day July 17.
  • The new American Angus Association sire breed summary lists 12 bulls from Iowa State's beef cattle breeding project. ISU Imaging Q3011 is ranked 12th in the breed for intramuscular fat.

Iowa Beef Center Has New Online Newsletter
The Iowa Beef Center has released the first issue of its new newsletter. The monthly publication will focus on a topic in each issue, offering producers information on relevant research and advice on a topic they're likely to be handling in the near future.

Organic Research Featured at Neely-Kinyon Field Fay
In spite of a rough year of wet weather, organic production is expected to continue to bring economic gains for Iowa farmers, says Kathleen Delate, extension organic specialist. Delate oversees organic crops grown at the Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm near Greenfield, which hosts its annual field day Aug. 20. More:

Deadlines and Reminders
Aug. 14: "Ideas & Innovations: Entrepreneur," Roy Reiman presentation, noon, Reiman Gardens
Aug. 26-28: Farm Progress Show, near Boone,

Communications Kiosk

Know Difference Between Everyday and Every Day
"Everyday" is an adjective, a word that describes a noun or pronoun and "every day" is an adverb, a word that modifies a verb, an adjective, another adverb or a sentence. Example: One may wear one's everyday clothes every day. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003)


Regional Animal Agrosecurity Conference Set for October
With support from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is offering the Midwest Regional EDEN Animal Agrosecurity Conference to ensure all stakeholders are familiar with their roles and responsibilities during an animal agrosecurity event. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 7-8 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. The registration deadline is Sept. 1.


Leopold Center Helps Illustrate Ames as a "Great Place"
The Leopold Center helped illustrate how Ames was one of the "Nine Great Places You've Never Heard Of" when Mother Earth News announced its designation last week. The magazine used a photo of Matt Liebman, agronomy, leading a tour of biomass plots at the center's 20th anniversary conference in 2007. The magazine's third annual list of "top towns that demonstrate civic energy and sustainability in action" also mentioned the College's New Century Farm, saying that it "will be a living laboratory to explore biomass alternatives to fossil fuel."

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