Issue: 1029

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Nov. 5, 2018

Top Stories

Students to Build Sukup Safe T Home® on Campus Nov. 5
ISU students will build a Sukup Safe T Home® at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center today, Nov. 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. The build will kickoff Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week, which is organized by the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. The Safe T Home® is an example of social entrepreneurship developed by Sukup Manufacturing Co. after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The metal, grain bin homes can be built quickly using inexpensive materials to provide shelter and safety for families in need. A list of agricultural entrepreneurship activities on campus from Nov. 5-9 is available online. More


“Smart Shrinkage” in Small Towns Driven by Strong Social Infrastructure
As small Iowa towns continue to lose population, a strong social infrastructure – rather than economic or physical factors – determines whether residents report greater quality of life, according to new ISU research. The research team, including David Peters, sociology, studied the 99 communities in the Iowa Small Town Poll to figure out why some towns losing population are “shrinking smart,” while others are not. More

CCUR Updates Equipment and Service Fee Schedule
The Center for Crops Utilization Research has updated its equipment and service rates for ISU customers. The new fee schedule was emailed to CCUR affiliates in October. If any ISU faculty or staff would like a copy of the rates or are interested in using CCUR equipment, contact Zhiyou Wen, interim director, at or 4-0426.

Teaching and Students

Applications Due Nov. 30 for IPIC Summer Internship
The Iowa Pork Industry Center is offering a paid swine research internship for summer 2019. The full-time position will provide opportunities in research, experimental design, networking and more. Undergraduates majoring in animal science or related fields and veterinary students with swine or large animal focus are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Nov. 30. More

REMINDER: CALS Graduation Convocation Scheduled Friday, Dec. 14
The fall-semester CALS Convocation for graduating seniors will be held Friday, Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. in Hilton Coliseum. The Friday event reflects the university’s new schedule for college convocations and university commencement that was initiated last spring semester (May 2018). The positioning of CALS Convocation on Friday morning helps accommodate the other ceremony changes and will better serve CALS graduates and families. The university’s fall undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.

Extension and Outreach

Study Shows Cover Crops Have No Negative Effect on Yield
The results of a five-year study conducted by Iowa Learning Farms, ISU Extension and Outreach and Practical Farmers of Iowa reinforced that cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have no negative effect on yield and result in statistically significant reductions in nitrate concentration in subsurface water. The study helps to dispel the commonly held belief that cover crops reduce yield in the following cash crops. More

Submit Workshop Proposals for Community Food Systems Program
Workshop proposals are being accepted for the 2019 Community Food Systems Program, scheduled for March 29 in Des Moines. Workshop topics may range from technical support on starting school gardens, food hubs or shared use kitchens, to inspiring others through lessons learned through sharing educational materials, feasibility of new businesses or general programming ideas. Proposals are due Jan. 15. More

Registration Open for Soil Health Conference
Registration is open for the third Soil Health Conference to be held in Ames on Feb. 4-5. The event will consist of two full days of presentations on a wide variety of topics concerning soil health, with invited guest speakers from around the country. “The goal of the conference is to focus on management practices that influence soil heath, sustain productivity and reduce agriculture’s footprint on the environment,” said Mahdi Al-Kaisi, agronomy and committee chair. More

October Issue of Grape and Wine Industry Newsletter Available
The October issue of the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute newsletter is available online. Articles include an overview of the Iowa Winemakers Roundtable, the ABC’s of winery standard operating procedures, haze-forming proteins in wine, the health benefits of Iowa red wine and a new series on wine professionals out of the winery. The MGWII newsletter is issued every two months and provides information on Extension and Outreach, research and laboratory activities, as well as pieces on wine-related topics. The newsletter and a link to subscribe are available online. More

Around the College

Mitchell Receives Friend of Science Education Award
Ginny Mitchell, education program coordinator of the Insect Zoo and program assistant in the Department of Entomology, was presented the Friend of Science Education Award by the Iowa Academy of Science at its fall conference. In the past six years, the Insect Zoo has traveled to 89 of the 99 Iowa counties, educating more than 150,000 children. More

Ag 450 Farm Operator Retires after 27 Years
Greg Vogel has been a farm operator at the student-run Ag 450 Farm since 1992. He will be retiring on June 1, 2019. Vogel coordinates and helps provide director in the decision-making process for livestock and crop production. He serves as the direct link between students taking the Ag 450 course and the Ag 450 Farm. More


Nov. 12: Gold Star Hall Ceremony
Three Iowa Staters who lost their lives in World War II will be remembered at the annual Gold Star Hall ceremony on Nov. 12 at 3:15 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Robert Vance Rannells enrolled at Iowa State in 1936 studying agronomy. A month before receiving his degree, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He died in April 1945 when his B-29 bomber went down in the Pacific Ocean near Japan. More

Communications Kiosk

Should vs. Would
Use “should” to express an obligation: We should help the needy. Use “would” to express a customary action: In the summer we would spend hours by the seashore. Use “would” also in constructing a conditional past tense: If Soderholm had not had an injured foot, Thompson would not have been in the lineup. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2018 edition, pg. 261)


Engineers Develop Soil Sensors, Data Networks for Better Water Quality
Iowa State's Jonathan Claussen, mechanical engineering, is leading a team of engineers developing a system of low-cost, "bury-and-forget" soil sensors connected to a remote, wireless, data-collection network. Data collected by the system will help the engineers build better models of the interactions of fertilizer, soil and crops. Those models could help farmers reduce their use of fertilizer, which can run off fields and contribute to harmful algae blooms. More

Veterinarians Trying to Improve Safety and Efficiency in Development of New Drugs
ISU veterinary researchers are working with the Food and Drug Administration to advance an innovative in vitro model to study the oral absorption of therapeutic drugs without requiring testing on live animals. The work could lead to more efficient and safer development of new therapies for human and animal medicine. More

New SoAR Report Identifies Priorities for Global Plant Research
Developing Global Priorities for Plant Research, a new report released by the SoAR Foundation, presents a concise set of plant-focused research recommendations to inform the decision-making of agricultural research funders. It is the result of a series of interviews and an in-person meeting with 12 leading plant scientists from Europe, China and the United States. More

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online

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