Issue: 1065

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
July 29, 2019

Top Stories

APEX Students Enjoy CALS Summer Adventure
Exploring Iowa State and touring Iowa’s agricultural sector is what students in the Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX) do the summer before their first year on campus. The eight-week academic program helped five incoming multicultural first-year students transition into CALS. The program is coordinated by Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky, multicultural liaison officer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. More


FSHN Scientists Part of Study on Diabetes Risk, Management for African Americans
African American families not only share a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes, but many myths and misconceptions about the disease are often passed on from one generation to the next. To understand how family experiences influence risk and management of the disease, a team of Iowa State researchers, interviewed parents and adult children of 20 African American families with strong histories of Type 2 diabetes. The researchers included Donna Winham and Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, assistant and associate professors of food science and human nutrition. More

Tour Water Quality Research Projects at Uthe Farm on Aug. 19
Tour water quality research projects at the Uthe Farm near Ames on Aug. 19 beginning at 12:45 p.m. Researchers will present information on bioreactors, saturated buffers, oxbow restoration, agricultural drainage and integrated crop management projects. Reserve a spot by contacting Malcolm Robertson, Iowa Nutrient Research Center program coordinator, or 515-294-5692. Other questions contact Matt Helmers at or 515-294-6717.

Teaching and Students

Misty Lambert Awarded National Teaching Award
The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture awarded its 2019 Educator Award to an Iowa State University to Misty Lambert, an associate professor in agricultural education and studies. She received the award at the 65th NACTA Conference on June 21 at the College of Southern Idaho. More

Ag Business Club Wins National Creative Club Award
The Ag Business Club won the Creative Club Award for the fifth year in a row from the Undergrad Student Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The award is for the Career Day Mixer the club held in the fall of 2018. The mixer offered students the opportunity to explore careers, build industry relationships and seek advice from professionals. More

Extension and Outreach

Poll: Iowa Farmers are More Aware of Prairie Strips Conservation
Information about prairie strips, a conservation practice developed by Iowa State researchers, is spreading across the state. According to the 2018 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, conducted by Iowa State, 56% of respondents said they had heard about the practice. More

Anderson and Licht Featured in Farm Bureau Podcast
The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman podcast, “The Spokesman Speaks,” today posted an episode featuring Daniel Andersen, ag and biosystems engineering and extension manure management specialist, on the topic of livestock manure applications in Iowa, and also Mark Licht, agronomy and extension cropping systems specialist, talking about important tips and information for farmers considering planting cover crops this year. Listen

Organic Training for Farmers
Producers who were prevented from planting conventional crops this past spring may have a head start on going organic. An upcoming, two-day Organic Agronomy Training Series event in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on Aug. 14-15, will provide valuable training on organic production, certification and marketing, including best strategies for transitioning. Kathleen Delate, Iowa State professor and extension organic specialist in horticulture and agronomy, will be presenting at the workshop. More

McNay Memorial Research Farm to Hold Fall Field Day
Cattle producers, farmers and businesses in south central Iowa will learn about the latest crop production and grazing research and trends at the fall field day at ISU’s McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm Aug. 6 starting at 4:30 p.m. More

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings Scheduled
ISU Extension and Outreach will host 11 produce safety alliance grower training meetings from November 2019 through March 2020. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety. More

Around the College

Dan Nettleton to Serve as Statistics Department Chair
Dan Nettleton, Distinguished Professor of Statistics and the Laurence H. Baker Chair in Biological Statistics, will serve as the chair of the Department of Statistics. The department is coadministered by CALS and LAS. Nettleton, a national leader in statistical genomics, will begin his five-year term Aug. 16. He succeeds Max Morris, who served a five-year term and will return to the department faculty ranks. More

CALS Greets International Journalists on Tour of Iowa State
A group of International Federation of Agricultural Journalists members from Austria, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan and South Africa toured campus last week. The eight journalists stopped by as part of a three-day tour to experience Midwest agriculture hosted by CALS alum Harlen Persinger (’67 dairy science and ’72 agriculture journalism) an agricultural photojournalist. Melea Reicks and Haley Cook, CALS alumni relations, coordinated the Iowa State visit before the journalists headed to the Ag Media Summit in Minneapolis. The group visited conventional corn, soybean and livestock operations, a fishery, a Christmas tree farm and a vegetable farm. The group represents more than 5,000 communicators in 50 countries who focus on sharing new technology and information relevant to the agricultural industry.


July 31: Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Experience Closing Symposium
Everyone’s encouraged to attend the 2019 Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Experience closing symposium Wednesday, July 31, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in CCUR Theater (1951 Food Sciences Building). The nine students participating in the program will present research they conducted this summer alongside FSHN faculty mentors and graduate students. Food will be served following the presentations. Please come and go as your schedule permits.

Aug. 6: Beef Feedlot Short Course
The 2019 Beef Feedlot Short Course, which is hosted by Iowa Beef Center, is scheduled for Aug. 6-8 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. More

Communications Kiosk

Workday User Labs Continue through Aug. 1
User Labs provide you with hands-on Workday assistance, whether it’s creating expense reports, entering time and absence requests or navigating employee self-service. They also provide an opportunity to ask questions about Workday.  Registration is not required; simply walk in. Upcoming User Lab dates, all to be held in 032 Parks Library:

  • Monday, July 29, 12 - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 31, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Report Outlines Benefits of Cover Crops for Wet Soil
This spring oversaturated fields prevented or delayed planting. A USDA-SARE has released a report examining the benefits of cover crops for wet soils. The report is free to farmers and the public. More


Go Fish: 10.5 Million Days of Fishing in 2018
Iowa anglers fished 10.5 million days in 2018, according to a recent survey, compared to 8.3 million days in 2007. A randomly selected group of more than 1,600 licensed anglers were asked how often they go fishing and where, what species they fish for and their opinions on DNR fisheries management efforts. 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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