Issue: 1131

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
November 9, 2020

Top Stories

Summer Sausage and Cheese Sale Orders due Nov. 9
The Block and Bridle Club’s annual holiday summer sausage and cheese sale is open through Nov. 9. Orders will be available for pick-up on Nov. 17-18 and will be shipped on Nov. 19. The summer sausage is made by students and staff on campus in the Meats Laboratory and the cheese (cheddar, colby jack and mild pepper jack) is from Bongards Premium Cheese in Minnesota. The fundraiser helps support scholarships, events and activities for the club. More 

Snow Blower Service Days Scheduled for Nov. 13-14
The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual snow blower service days Friday, Nov. 13 (1 to 6 p.m.), and Saturday, Nov. 14 (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 enough gas to start the snow blower safely. 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. 12 to request this service.   

Meat Science Club Holds Holiday Ham Fundraiser
The Meat Science Club is holding their annual holiday ham fundraiser. Whole hams (12-15 lbs.) are $3.50/lb. and half hams (7-9 lbs.) are $4/lb. Orders are being collected with a Google Form. Curbside pick-up at the Kildee Dock will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More

Agronomy Club Popcorn Orders due Nov. 18
The Agronomy Club is holding its annual holiday popcorn sale. Orders are due to Erin Stichter ( by Nov. 18. Boxes sell for $5 and will be available Nov. 19 and 20 for pick-up in the Agronomy Club Reading Room or delivery to an office on campus. More  

Forestry Club’s Christmas Tree Sale Begins Nov. 28
The Forestry Club is holding its annual Christmas tree fundraiser at the Reiman Gardens parking lot. Trees will be for sale Nov. 28-29, Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-13. Hours are Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The club will have white pine, Korean fir and balsam fir, as well as balsam fir wreaths. Proceeds go towards club activities and student development.


Study Details Which Small Towns Attract Start-ups and Why
While many small rural towns face economic distress, some manage to overcome the odds to attract new firms and job opportunities. A new study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics by Peter Orazem and the late Georgeanne Artz, economics, provides long-term data indicating the factors that make a difference. More  
Extreme Rainfall Events Impact Nutrient Loss on Farmland
In a Nov. 2 essay distributed nationally by The Conversation, Chaoqun Lu, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, shares research results on the impact of extreme rainfall events on nutrient loss from farmlands in the Mississippi River Basin. More

White’s Research Featured in Inform Magazine
Research on why fats make vegetables healthier by Wendy White, food science and human nutrition, was spotlighted in the September issue of Inform magazine, published by the American Oil Chemist’s Society. More  

Teaching and Students

GDCB Seminar on Students of Color in STEM Open to All
The Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology is making their upcoming WebEx seminar on Friday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. available to all. “Creating space in predominantly white institutions for students of color to excel in STEM,” will be presented by Constance Hargrave, School of Education. Join the meeting at this link.  

Modification to Course Provides Hands-On Learning with Bees
Students in Entomology 358X: Bee Biology, Management and Beekeeping have had the opportunity to take part in various hands-on beekeeping activities this fall thanks to modifications made to the course. The field days were made possible by the new apiary installed at Iowa State’s Horticulture Research station earlier this year. In addition to producing honey to be sold, an objective of the 20-hive apiary is to provide learning opportunities for students. More  

Extension and Outreach

Iowa Native Plants Featured in the 2021 Garden Calendar
ISU Extension and Outreach has released its 2021 Garden Calendar – Iowa Natives. The calendar features 12 months of photos of native plants, along with monthly tips that provide timely cultural information for fruits and vegetables, lawn care recommendations, and tree and shrub guidance. More

Soil Health Practices Webinar Scheduled for Nov. 11
An Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at noon will address how to evaluate soil systems and develop a customized approach for adopting soil health practices that meet on-farm goals. Abby Wick, soil health specialist with North Dakota State University, will present. More

Around the College

Hoff Receives Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award
Steven Hoff, agricultural and biosystems engineering, received a 2020 Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award from the ISU Alumni Association. This honor presents a way for former Iowa State students to recognize current or former ISU faculty or staff members who had a significant influence in their lives. Hoff has been a faculty member at Iowa State since 1990. More  

CALS Awards Deadline Extended 
The nomination deadline for annual awards presented by CALS has been extended to Dec. 1. The list of college awards and nominating guidelines are available online. Of special note: CALS nominations are open this year for the Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award, which recognizes a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated a truly exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service, and who shows great promise of continuing such achievement.

FundISU: COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda
The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods worked with the ISU Foundation to launch a FundISU campaign to raise funds to help citizens of rural Uganda impacted by the global pandemic and flooding that has occurred during 2020. The campaign closes Dec. 1. More The ISU-Uganda Program administered by CSRL in the college, is in a unique position to respond. Efforts to date include organizing special deliveries of grain and flour to help feed vulnerable households and supporting job skill development and education while making face coverings. More


Nov. 12: Meeting Future Food Demands
A Short Circuit session on Meeting Future Food Demands will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. CS Liew (’79 agronomy, pest management), owner and managing director of Pacific Agriscience will present. The program is co-sponsored by the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and the ISU Student Innovation Center. More  

Nov. 18: Virtual CALS Fall Convocation and Awards Program
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Fall Convocation has been moved to a virtual format on Nov. 18 at noon (meeting number: 120 510 8284, password: aNTKmF2UQ89). The program will include a presentation of the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research and recognition of faculty and staff honorees from the 2020 awards program.  

Dec 1: Drainage Research Forum
The 2020 Annual Drainage Research Forum will be held virtually on Dec. 1 at 8:30 a.m. Jointly sponsored by Iowa State University, the Iowa Soybean Association, the University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University, it will provide results and updates of drainage research projects from across the U.S. There is no charge, but registration is required. More  

Communications Kiosk

A Trick to Help Decide Between “I” and “Me”
One of the most persistent slips in English is to misuse the nominative case of a personal pronoun in a compound object. 
    Wrong: The test would be simple for you and I.
    Right: The test would be simple for you and me.
    Wrong: Read this and tell Laura or I what you think.
    Right: Read this and tell Laura or me what you think.
The foolproof way to check is to read the sentence with the personal pronoun alone: no one would mistake “The test would be simple for I” or “Read this and tell I what you think” for correct grammar. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, pg. 212)


Register for Virtual Chocolate Tasting by Nov. 12
The ISU Alumni Association is hosting a virtual chocolate tasting on Nov. 19. Participants will be led by Ton Stam, owner of Chocolaterie Stam in Ames. Registration closes on Thursday, Nov. 12. Choose a chocolate package and indicate pick-up or mailing options. 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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