Issue: 1007

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
June 11, 2018

Top Stories

Iowa State Showcases Ag Research at National Exhibition in Washington
On June 6, Iowa State University was one of 36 exhibitors represented at the 2018 Agricultural Research Exhibition and Reception in Washington, D.C. The event was a showcase to help show members of Congress and their staffs the importance of funding agricultural research. Participating were seven members of Congress and more than 200 congressional staffers, agricultural research advocates, industry representatives, researchers, educators, extension professionals and USDA leaders. Iowa State’s exhibit focused on how USDA funding supports statewide research initiatives of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, Iowa Pest Resistance Management and Antimicrobial Resistance Consortium. The event was sponsored by the Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus and hosted by APLU, AFRI Coalition, National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research, and Supporters of Agricultural Research. The exhibits represented more than 20 universities, scientific societies, USDA agencies and others. The ISU exhibit was staffed by Brian Meyer, CALS Director of College Relations.

Results from 120 Projects on ISU Research Farms Available Online
The results of more than 120 agricultural research trials conducted last year at ISU’s Research and Demonstration Farms are available online and can be downloaded at no charge. “These research reports are a valuable resource for farmers, agricultural educators and agribusiness people needing the latest information on crops, soils, horticulture and livestock management,” said Mark Honeyman, CALS associate dean for operations. More


Bridging the Divide Grant to Study Native American Intercropping
Marshall McDaniel, agronomy, and Christina Gish Hill, world languages and cultures, are one of two interdisciplinary research teams selected to receive funding from ISU’s inaugural Bridging the Divide internal funding opportunity. Their research will focus on the Native American practice of intercropping, or growing corn, common beans and squash in the same area. More

Teaching and Students

Fourth Straight Year: CALS Students Win Overall Sweepstakes at NACTA Event
For the fourth year in a row, CALS student judging teams won the overall sweepstakes award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference held in April. Iowa State teams entered several agricultural categories and were judged as both a group and individually. The ISU Ag Knowledge Bowl team won first place for the eighth year in a row. The crops team won first for the fifth time in the last six years. Iowa State teams also ranked first in ag mechanics and computer applications. More

CALS Students Take Part in a Garden-Fresh Adventure
Students involved with the Good Earth Student Farm not only learn how to grow a variety of vegetables through the community-supported agriculture program, they also grow friendships, networking relationships and other skills important to their future. Students grow and sell more than 28 different kinds of vegetables. For Brandon Bruhn, sophomore in animal science, joining the student farm was about the additional opportunity to provide healthy produce to members of their Iowa State community. More

CALS Students Attend Conference on Race and Ethnicity
Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky, CALS multicultural liaison officer, and Theressa Cooper, CALS assistant dean for diversity, took eight students to the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education in New Orleans, May 29 through June 2. Some of the attendees share their thoughts on the conference before and after attending. More

Extension and Outreach

Field Day Provides Farmers with Soil and Water Management Training
The annual field day at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville will be held June 28 at 1 p.m. Topics will include crop season review, practical ways to measure soil heath, dicamba management and planting corn into cereal rye. More

Field Diagnostic Clinic Offers Crop and Pest Management Training
The ISU Field Extension Education Laboratory will hold the 2018 Field Diagnostic Clinic, a full day of interactive conversations to cover issue that may occur this summer, on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New to this year’s clinic will be a session on soil and tissue sampling analysis. More

Around the College

Dairy Farm Open House Attracted More Than 1,300 Visitors
To celebrate dairy month, the ISU Dairy Farm hosted its 10th annual open house on Friday, June 8, and more than 1,300 visitors attended. The public event included tours of the milking parlor, milk house and dairy barns, and showcased best practices in animal care, product quality, safety and environmental stewardship. Visitors also sampled free dairy products in the Ag Discovery Center. The dairy farm opened in 2007 and is one of several teaching farms at Iowa State. More information and a video is available online.

Leopold Center Advisory Board Meeting Set for June 13
The Leopold Center advisory board will meet Wednesday, June 13, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Horticulture Research Station. The agenda includes a discussion on the center’s future plans. More

Water Quality Publication Funded by Leopold Center
The Drake University Agricultural Law Center has released “How to Improve Water Quality on Iowa Farms.” The publication helps farmers and landowners use public programs to improve water quality and promote soil health on their farmland. The project was funded with a 2017 Policy Grant from the Leopold Center. More

CALS Alum and Entrepreneur Writes for the Borlaug Blog
“There is no simple solution that will solve the problem (of food security). But I learned that simple solutions can have tremendous impact and create an avenue for improvement,” wrote Mikayla Sullivan in a June 4 Borlaug Blog post. Sullivan, a 2017 CALS graduate in global resource systems and public service and administration in agriculture, is the CEO and co-founder of KinoSol, a startup focused on decreasing post-harvest food waste by equipping farmers with solar-powered food dehydrators. KinoSol was founded by Sullivan and three other global resource systems students through ISU’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. More


June 11: Metagenomics Mondays Seminar Series Begins
The Metagenomics Mondays summer seminar series begins today, June 11, at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 0013 Curtiss Hall, with a presentation by John Hsieh, graduate student in animal science. The weekly seminar series will run through July 30 and include speakers from veterinary sciences, plant sciences, microbiology, statistics, data science, engineering and more. More

June 11: Deadline to Register for Young Alumni Zoo Brew
Join CALS and the ISU Alumni Association at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines for Young Alumni Night at Zoo Brew on June 13. Connect with CALS alumni relations staff and volunteers and other fellow Cyclones during a night of networking and discounted admission to the zoo. Register online by noon on Monday, June 11. More

June 16: Nominations Due for Spencer Award
Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, seeks nominations for the 2018 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. The award has been presented for 17 years to people who have demonstrated a desire to improve Iowa’s landscape. Nominations are due June 16. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Funding Information, Opportunities and Deadline Reminders
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, Additional information is posted at CALS Pre-Award Resources.

June 20: USGS Funding for Great Rivers CESU - Determination of the Mixture Toxicity of Uranium and Co-Occurring Metals from Breccia Pipe Uranium Ore and Waste Rock to Aquatic Invertebrates: Mixture Studies. More  

June 20: USGS Funding for Great Rivers CESU - Research in Floodplain Forest Ecology and the Northern Pecan (Carya illinoinensis); and how these relate to dendrochronology and hydroclimate variability in the Upper Mississippi River. More  

June 25: NIH NIAID Request for Information: Novel and/or Non-Traditional Influenza Virus Animal Models. More  

Aug. 6 (letter of intent): Beckman Young Investigators Program; chemical and life sciences, tenure track start date must be after Aug. 15, 2015. Contact ISU Foundation to express interest. More  

Sept. 12 and Various Dates: BARD – United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund. More  

Oct. 5, Feb. 5, June 5: NIH and USDA NIFA Comparative Genomics Research Program (R01). More  


Grant Writing Consultants Available for ISU Researchers
A number of grant writing consultants are available to help ISU researchers and scholars develop proposals. A list of consultants available as vendors through ISU Purchasing is listed on the Office of the Vice President for Research website. More

New Tip Sheets Provide Guidance through Tech Transfer Process
The Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer and the ISU Research Foundation have created a series of tip sheets to help guide faculty, staff and external partners through the technology transfer process. The “Working with Industry” series describes fining industry partners, developing budgets and writing agreements that protect your ideas and materials. The “Just in Time” series describes what Iowa State inventors can expect at each stage of the intellectual property disclosure process. More


June Art Walk Features Curtiss Hall’s Terrazzo Mosaic Floor
The June art walk hosted by University Museums will explore elements of the art on campus collection that are hidden in plain sight, including a piece people step on every day. The art walk will begin on the ground level of the Curtiss Hall rotunda on Wednesday, June 13, at noon. “All the Way Home” is a 25-foot-wide terrazzo mosaic installed in the floor of Curtiss Hall during its 2013 renovation. 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 Friday.


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