Issue: 1077

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Oct. 21, 2019

Top Stories

CALS Student Nominated to Homecoming Cardinal Court
Kayla Kaalberg is one of 10 finalists receiving the Cardinal Court Scholarship, which is part of ISU Homecoming activities that begin on Oct. 20. Students nominated to the Cardinal Court are recognized for their academic achievements, campus leadership, character and service to community. Kaalberg has a triple major in global resource systems, agriculture and society and Spanish. She will graduate summa cum laude in December. More

Seven CALS Students Serving on Homecoming Central
Seven CALS students have been serving on the 2019 Homecoming Central Committee. Students started planning for homecoming last spring, putting together a week of activities for alumni, students and friends around this year’s theme, “Cy’s the Limit.” More

  • Heidi Fichter, senior, agriculture and life sciences education, Community Service
  • Trey Boyle, junior, agricultural business, Cardinal and Gold Tournaments
  • Hunter Crawford, sophomore, agricultural business, Special Events
  • Shane Dierickx, senior, agricultural business, Campus Involvement
  • Lilian Swanson, junior, agricultural business, Cardinal Tournaments
  • Cody Mead, junior, agricultural business, Logistics
  • Cole Moody, senior, agricultural studies, Displays

Homecoming 2019: Cy’s the Limit
ISU will celebrate Homecoming 2019: Cy’s the Limit on Oct. 20-26. In addition to university-wide activities, several college departments have Homecoming events scheduled. A full list is available online.

CALS Alumni to be Honored at ISU Alumni Association Ceremony
CALS and the ISU Alumni Association will present the following awards at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 25, in the Scheman Building. More

  • Steve Berger (’86 agricultural business), CALS Floyd Andre Award
  • Diane Birt, CALS George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award
  • Dhamu Thamodaran (’83 PhD agricultural economics), CALS Henry A. Wallace Award
  • Kelly Norris (’08 horticulture, ’11 MS) and Mike Taylor (’03 agricultural studies), CALS Outstanding Young Professional Award
  • ISU Agricultural Business Club, ISU Alumni Association Impact Award
  • Ben Zelle (’14 agricultural business, management information systems), ISU James A. Hopson Volunteer Service Award


Research: Poultry Manure Improves Profits, Soil Health
A 20-year study by ISU researchers shows fertilizing cropland with poultry manure can benefit soil health and farm profits when compared to a commercial fertilizer. Rameshwar Kanwar, agricultural and biosystems engineering, initiated the project 20 years ago. Michelle Soupir, ABE, joined the research team in 2009. More

Teaching and Students

CALS to Host Reception for Transfer Students, Oct. 23
As part of National Transfer Student Week, CALS is recognizing the unique adventures of transfer students and the advisers who help them during a reception on Oct. 23 at 4 to 5 p.m. in Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall. There will be light refreshments, giveaways and a resource fair for students. Twenty-five percent of the fall 2019 first-year students in the college transferred from another institution or community college. For more information contact Breanna Wetzler,, 4-4875.

Snow Blower Service Days, Nov. 8-9
The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual snow blower service days Friday Nov. 8 (1 to 6 p.m.), and Saturday Nov. 9 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), at Sukup Hall on the west side of campus. The $25 cost includes oil, spark plug, grease and a tank of gas. Pickup and delivery (Ames only) is available for $15; call (515) 708-8672 or send an email request to by 2 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 7 to request this service.

CALS Council Seeking Nominations for Senior Awards, Due Nov. 14
The CALS Student Council is seeking nominations for fall 2019 senior awards. Every fall and spring semester, CALS Council recognizes graduating seniors through six different awards: outstanding senior, leadership excellence, academic achievement, distinguished service, outstanding ambassador of agriculture and life sciences, and commitment to diversity. Nominations are due Nov. 14. More

Three CALS Students Selected as Global Food Challenge Finalists
The 2020 Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders program has selected 16 sophomore finalists from six universities to participate as finalists for one of six emerging leader positions. CALS has three students competing for the 12-week paid summer internship at Land O’Lakes. The students include Brooke Beinhart and Rachel Grober, juniors in agricultural business, and Emily Saeugling, sophomore in animal science. The students will participate in a final interview on Oct. 21. The interviews will be conducted with five members of the Land O’Lakes Executive Leadership Team. More

CALS Student Appears on NBC’s The Voice
EllieMae Millenkamp, a senior in agricultural business, was chosen by Team Blake (Shelton) to participate in Season 17 of NBC’s The Voice. Although her time on The Voice has come to an end, her dreams of pursuing a musical career are far from over. Millenkamp has learned how to market her musical talent as a business, EllieMae Music, through entrepreneurial courses with Kevin Kimle, instructor and director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. More

Extension and Outreach

Agriculture Every Day: Youth Resource for Educators
ISU Extension and Outreach has developed a curriculum for educators who want youth to know how agriculture is involved in every day human life. The curriculum was created by 4-H youth specialists Amy Powell, animal science, and Maya Hayslett, integrated pest management team. Agriculture Every Day is offered as a free publication, available for download from the ISU Extension store. More

Iowa Beef Center Offers Podcasts this Harvest Season
“Historically we do not do many educational programs for farmers at this time of year because they are busy with harvest activities,” writes Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center in CALS, in his monthly column for Cattleman Magazine. However, they have noticed in recent years an increase in phone calls and emails from beef producers during harvest as they pass the time in combines, grain carts and trucks. “This time to think often stimulates very engaging questions and ideas, said Loy. “At the Iowa Beef Center, we have dipped our toes in the "podcast water" and would welcome your feedback. We have three podcast sessions now available that we hope you will listen to.” More

Crawfordsville Field Day Scheduled for Nov. 19
ISU Extension and Outreach, the STRIPS project and the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association are hosting a field day at the ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. More 

Iowa Organic Conference to Focus on Diversity and Profitability
The 19th annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 24-25 at the University of Iowa. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations, according to Kathleen Delate, professor and extension organic specialist in horticulture and agronomy. The conference is a joint effort between ISU and the University of Iowa. More 

Integrated Crop Management Conference Set for December
The 2019 Integrated Crop Management Conference is scheduled for Dec. 4-5 in Ames. Now in its 31st year, the annual event is hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach and CALS. This year’s conference will feature 39 workshops along with presentations on new planter technology, cover crop interseeding, glyphosate and cancer findings, nitrogen recommendations and global changes in the fertilizer industry. More

Around the College

CALS to Begin Internal Search for Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach
CALS has posted a job announcement for professor and associate dean for Extension and Outreach, and ISU Extension Program Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The position is open to any tenured professor in CALS or departments CALS jointly administers with the colleges of engineering, liberal arts and sciences and human sciences. The search committee consists of:

  • Mark Honeyman – CALS associate dean for operations
  • Kendall Lamkey – agronomy
  • Chad Higgins – extension
  • Erin Hodgson – entomology, extension
  • Meaghan Anderson – extension (off campus)
  • Rodrigo Tarte – animal science
  • Dan Loy – animal science, extension
  • Debbie Nistler – extension 4-H
  • Lisa Schulte Moore – natural resource ecology and management
  • Mark Licht – agronomy, extension
  • Theressa Cooper – CALS assistant dean for diversity
  • Lori Oh – CALS administrative services, extension
  • Michelle Soupir – agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Brian Dougherty – extension (off campus)
  • Ron Lenth – extension (off campus)
  • Julie Kenney – deputy secretary, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • Mitch Schulte – executive director, Iowa State Dairy Association

Schulte Moore: National Discussion Needed on Transforming U.S. Agriculture
In an Oct. 16 essay distributed nationally by The Conversation, Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management, talks about how Iowa’s farmers, and American eaters, need a national discussion on transforming U.S. agriculture. “As a scientist at Iowa’s land-grant university, I believe our state is at the forefront of redefining what agriculture could be in the U.S… I think these conversations should be at the forefront nationally. After all, everyone needs to eat, so all Americans have a stake in the future of farming.” More

Retallick Receives Distinguished Alumni Award
Mike Retallick, professor and chair of the agricultural education and studies department, received a Distinguished Alumni University Award from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Oct. 18. Retallick earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from UW-Platteville in 1993 and has remained involved, previously serving on the alumni board for the School of Agriculture and the biology department. He collaborates with UW-Platteville School of Agriculture faculty to coordinate agricultural education activities and events, including working on student teaching site selection and visiting with students who are interested in graduate work.

Deal Lecture by Jim Knuth Available Online
Jim Knuth, senior vice president for Farm Credit Services of America, presented the 2019 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Oct. 2 at ISU. Knuth spoke about pursuing greatness and leading others to greatness by setting priorities, keeping a positive attitude and giving your best effort. A video of the full lecture, “Lessons in Leadership and Life,” is available online.  

ISU Daily Article Features University Compost Facility
The University Compost Facility, which is managed by CALS, was featured in an Iowa State Daily article on Oct. 15. Steve Jonas, manager of the compost facility and agricultural specialist for ISU Research Farms, said the compost is mostly made up of organic material collected directly from Iowa State. More


Oct. 22: Staniforth Memorial Lecture
The 2019 David W. Staniforth Memorial Lecture will be held Oct. 22 at 4:10 to 5:10 p.m. in 0018 Horticulture Hall. Michael Walsh, director of weed research at the University of Sydney – Australia, will present “The Importance of Harvest Weed Seed Control in Integrated Weed Management Decisions.” The lecture series is presented in honor of David Staniforth, a pioneer in the field of weed science who was particularly interested in weed biology-ecology. More

Oct. 24: Feeding the World Seminar Series
The Feeding the World seminar series continues Thursday, Oct. 24, at 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Curtis Youngs, animal science, will present. More

Communications Kiosk

Compose vs. Comprise vs. Constitute
“Compose” means to create or put together. It commonly is used in both the active and passive voices: She composed a song. The United States is composed of 50 states. The zoo is composed of many animals. “Comprise” means to contain, to include all or embrace. It is best used only in the active voice, followed by a direct object: The United States comprises 50 states. The jury comprises five men and seven women. The zoo comprises many animals. “Constitute,” in the sense of form or make up, may be the best word if neither compose nor comprise seems to fit: Fifty states constitute the United States. Five men and seven women constitute the jury. A collection of animals can constitute a zoo. Use “include” when what follows is only part of the total: The price includes breakfast. The zoo includes lions and tigers. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2018 edition, pg. 63)


ISU Blood Drive Begins Today
The student organized Fall 2019 Blood Drive will be held Monday, Oct. 21, through Thursday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt. More

ISU Campanile-Carillon Model Dedication, Oct. 27
The campanile-carillon model will be unveiled and dedicated on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 pm in Stephens Auditorium during the "Bells of Iowa State" Gala Anniversary Concert. The multiyear, student-led project was unveiled in 2016 as a capstone course in mechanical engineering. The first of 27 bells for the one-fifth scale playable model was cast in 2018. One of the bells is sponsored by CALS. The concert this Sunday will also celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Stanton Memorial Carillon, the 65th Anniversary of the Stanton Memorial Carillon Foundation, and the 50th Birthday of Stephens Auditorium. Concert tickets are available at Stephens Auditorium Ticket Office or online

Sororities and Fraternities Host Trick or Treat Event
The Sorority and Fraternity Community will host their annual Trick or Treat event on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall. This free event is for children Pre-K through 8th grade and their families. There will be carnival games, face painting and costume awards. Participants of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their best family-friendly Halloween costume for the event. More


Persistence Pays Off with First Images of Butterfly Eggs
Kim Moss, assistant professor of art and visual culture and coordinator of the biological and premedical illustration program at ISU, is the first person to shoot video and photos of where the Parnassius clodius butterfly lays its eggs — a missing piece of the puzzle that helps explain its link to climate change. Her success is part of a larger research project studying the P. clodius butterfly and how it is a bioindicator for climate change. Moss and Diane Debinski, professor and department head of ecology at Montana State University, received a Disney Conservation Fund grant for this research. Debinski, former faculty member in ISU’s ecology, evolution and organismal biology department, has studied the P. clodius butterfly for 30 years. More

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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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