Issue: 1111

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
June 22, 2020 

Top Stories

Meats Lab a Partner to Help Food-Insecure Iowans
Faculty, staff, and students in the ISU Meats Laboratory have partnered with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa beef associations to process cattle from Iowa beef producers who have limited processing options due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meat from the Beef Up Iowa program goes to Iowa food pantries, and initial cattle will be sourced from Iowa 4-H and FFA members. Dr. Dan Thomson, chair of animal science, said, “A program like this not only allows us to serve our neighbors, it also offers hands-on learning to future meat scientists who may be inspired to open their own processing facilities in the future.” To donate funds to help support this program, visit the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation.  


Merschman Seeds Partners with Soybean Research Center
Merschman Seeds, located in Westpoint, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center as an industry partner. In this role, Merschman Seeds provides financial support to the center and will have a representative serving on the ISRC’s industry advisory council. More

Teaching and Students

Youth from 17 States Participate in Livestock Judging Online Camp 
The ISU Livestock Judging Team recently hosted the first online beginner livestock judging camp for youth ages 8-13. Nearly 90 youth from 17 different states logged in to learn the benefits of competitive livestock judging, how to judge, and how to set up a notebook for questions and reasons. Participants evaluated classes online with help from judging team members. Campers received a digital ISU livestock judging manual and a camp t-shirt. This session is the first in a three-part series to occur over the summer.  The Livestock Judging Team is coached by Chris Cassady, animal science. 
ABE Students Make Desk Shields for Campus Community
Students in agricultural and biosystems engineering have been creating Plexiglass desk shields to help minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus when on campus, under the direction of Hoa Chi, an ABE teaching lab coordinator. As of now, Chi’s team has about 50 to 60 requests for desk shields and has offered to make them for others within the Iowa State community. More

Extension and Outreach

Potential for Growth in Iowa Dairy Goat Industry
A recent survey of dairy goat producers in Iowa shows the opportunities and challenges faced by this industry. The survey, led by extension dairy specialist Jenn Bentley and retired animal science professor and dairy extension specialist Leo Timms, was the first of its kind to take a look at topics such as milk production and composition, housing and milking facilities, dairy farm management and planning for the future. Iowa’s dairy goat production ranks third in the nation, with 214 licensed dairy goat herds and 34,000 milking does. More

Crumpton to Speak on Potential of Wetland Restorations
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 24, at noon about the potential that targeted wetland restorations have to reduce agricultural nutrient loads. William Crumpton, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, will summarize results from 15 years of work on Iowa CREP wetlands. More

Options for State Fair Livestock Shows Announced
The Iowa State Fairgrounds will host a Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show this summer, following the postponement of the 2020 Iowa State Fair. The revised schedule will be spread out over three weeks in August and held Thursday through Saturday. More

Around the College

Lubing Systems Gives Egg Conveyor System to New Poultry Farm
Lubing Systems, headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn., has gifted a state-of-the-art egg conveyor system to ISU’s new poultry teaching and research farm. The system assures the eggs safely arrive in the packing area soon after being laid. More  

The Conversation: Rural America is More Vulnerable to COVID-19
In a June 18 essay distributed nationally by The Conversation, David Peters, sociology, discusses why rural America is more vulnerable to COVID-19 than cities are. Peters has been studying the challenges rural America faces in responding to the pandemic to improve how communities prepare and respond. More

President Wintersteen to Receive National Extension Award
President Wendy Wintersteen has been selected to receive the 2020 National Ruby Award form Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honor society for extension professionals. It is the most prestigious recognition presented by the society and recognizes outstanding thinking, performance and leadership in extension. Wintersteen will receive the award at the 2020 National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference in October, where she also will deliver the Ruby Lecture. More

Communications Kiosk

Do Not Use Either to Mean Both
Use either to mean one or the other, not both. “She said to use either door.” Not, “There were lions on either side of the door.” Correct usage would be, “There were lions on each side of the door. There were lions on both sides of the door.” (Associated Press Stylebook, 2018 edition, pg. 96)


Two Offices Merge to Form New Research Ethics Office
Effective July 1, ISU’s Office of the Vice President for Research will debut a newly formed Office of Research Ethics, merging and replacing its former Office for Responsible Research and Office of Research Integrity. The new unit will include all components of research regulation and policy administration. More

Stories of a Man Named George . . . Including George Washington Carver
An opinion piece published in the June 21 issue of the Des Moines Register states that Iowa has the opportunity to dramatically lead the effort to knit a divided country back together in the wake of the underlying racism in the death of George Floyd. Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, former president of the World Food Prize Foundation, and Simon Estes, internationally renowned opera star and the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist-in-Residence in Iowa State’s music and theatre departments, encourage healing through history and the stories of a man named George. They write: “How George Washington Carver became one of Iowa’s greatest heroes and America’s most significant agricultural scientists is an inspiring story, one with the power to help heal the open wound of racism that is now so bitterly and painfully afflicting our country.” More

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