College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
July 1, 2019
Dean Robison Spends the Day in Southeast Iowa
This summer, Endowed Dean’s Chair Daniel J. Robison is participating in a series of community visits across Iowa. The first visit took place Friday, June 28, in southeast Iowa. Robison toured CALS alum and research collaborator Steve Berger’s farm near Wellman. He stopped at the ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville, where he viewed research plots and met with current and former farm association board members, area business people, local ag educators and students, and ISU farm staff and ISU Extension and Outreach field specialists. The day ended with a reception for alumni and friends in Bettendorf. Similar trips will take place on July 9 (northeast Iowa) and July 18 (southwest Iowa).
New Tool Provides Yield and Soil Nitrogen Predictions at Field Scale
A tool developed by college agronomists, including Sotirios Archontoulis and Mark Licht, offers farmers important data to help them make decisions, including nitrogen applications in the coming weeks. The Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS (FACTS) project was launched in 2015 to provide yield and soil nitrogen predictions in Iowa at a field scale. In 2019 the tool expanded to include coverage for Illinois and Indiana. More
STRIPS Research Featured in Eastern Iowa Magazine
The CALS Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips project was featured in a recent issue of Little Village, a magazine published in eastern Iowa. Prairie strips are mentioned in the latest National Climate Assessment as a potentially important tool in improving water quality in the United States. More
Extension and Outreach
New Extension Program Helps Small Farms Succeed
The new Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program through ISU Extension and Outreach offers multiple services to help small farmers succeed. The new title is the result of a merger of the Value Added Agriculture team and the Local Foods team. More
Around the College
CALS Communicators Receive National Awards from ACE
CALS communication efforts and initiatives were honored with top awards during the Association for Communication Excellence annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 24-27. CALS staff were presented with the following awards:
- Barb McBreen, CALS Communications, Silver Award – scriptwriting for visual media.
- Melea Reicks Licht, CALS Communications, Silver and Bronze Award – editing.
- Melea Reicks Licht, Ed Adcock, Haley Cook, Barb McBreen, Brian Meyer, Any Robinson, Julie Stewart, PUSH Branding and Design, Silver Award – publishing for magazines and periodicals.
- Melea Reicks Licht, PUSH Branding and Design, Bronze Award – graphic design.
- Melea Reicks Licht, Ed Adcock, Haley Cook, Barb McBreen, Brian Meyer, Julie Stewart, Ann Robinson, PUSH Branding and Design, Bronze Award – publications for diverse audiences.
- Eric Krueger, Brenton Center, Bronze Award – distance education and instructional design.
- Barb McBreen, CALS Communications, and Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Pork Industry Center, 20 Year Member Milestone certificate. Theodore Hutchcroft (’53 ag journalism), 60 Year Member Milestone certificate.
CALS Communicators Receive National Awards from NAADA
CALS communication efforts and initiatives were honored with top awards during the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association annual conference in Baton Rouge, La., June 10-13. College staff were presented with the following awards:
- Andy Zehr, Student Services, 1st place – multimedia–websites.
- Andy Zehr, Student Services, 1st place – campaign series division.
- Melea Reicks Licht, CALS Communications, 2nd place – print–college magazine.
- Melea Reicks Licht and Haley Cook, CALS Communications, 2nd place – multimedia–social media.
- Haley Cook, CALS Communications, 1st place – society programming division.
July 17: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
Iowa Learning Farms next webinar will be held July 17 at 12 p.m. Laurie Nowatzke, measurement coordinator for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, will discuss the progress and challenges of Iowa’s water quality improvement efforts. More
Captivate Your Audience with Authenticity
In order to deliver a great speech that grabs the audience’s attention, take the time to understand what your personality type is, writes Jim Anderson in a July 1 post for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. To captivate your audience with authenticity, Anderson said to know yourself, harness charisma and stay focused. More
Photo Ark Photographer – Look Them in the Eye and Be Inspired to Care
Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and speaker, is founder of the Photo Ark, an effort to document every species in captivity before they disappear. There are about 12,000 animal species in human care around the world. So far, Sartore has made portraits of more than 8,000. More
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