Issue: 176

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AG ONLINE

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The College of Agriculture Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Iowa State University

Aug. 3, 2001 No. 176

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C O N T E N T S

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COLLEGE NEWS

- New feedlot rules would hurt Iowa livestock farms

- Rural Summit explores how communities are adapting

- Ten I-HELP scholars to link with faculty mentors

- ISU to host International Pig Veterinary Society Congress

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- ISU nameplates: How to get them, how to use them

INFOGRAZING

- Way Up Conference for Women in Higher Ed Nov. 1-2

INTERNAL VOICES

- Ingredients needed for rural communities to feel hope

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Hot-weather thoughts: The cat’s victory

- Hot-weather thoughts: On the ozone layer

MARGINALIA

- Eudora Welty’s legacy of an Internet P.O.

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COLLEGE NEWS

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NEW FEEDLOT RULES WOULD HURT IOWA LIVESTOCK FARMS

Proposed federal rules would put many small Iowa livestock farms out of business, accelerating the consolidation of the beef and dairy industries. That’s one of the points made in comments by Iowa State University delivered July 30 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA proposal would impose new rules on beef, dairy, swine and poultry operations smaller than those currently regulated by the agency and require the containment of all feedlot runoff. Iowa has about 300 feedlots that fall under current regulations. The proposed rules could bring another 13,000 Iowa feedlots under EPA-permit requirements. The comments came from Dean Richard Ross and Vice Provost for Extension Stanley Johnson. For more details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/eparegs.html.

RURAL SUMMIT EXPLORES HOW COMMUNITIES ARE ADAPTING

On Aug. 27-28, the Iowa Communities 2010: Harvesting the Vision Rural Summit will focus on how communities are taking charge of their futures in the new rural climate. Iowa State, in cooperation with the Iowa Rural Development Council and Iowa Department of Economic Development, will host the meeting, which builds on ideas from the Governor's Strategic Council Report issued earlier this year. Speakers will include ISU President Geoffroy and Karl Stauber, president of the Northwest Area Foundation. Panels will discuss major community development issues. The meeting will showcase how communities are addressing a changing rural climate. The Rural Summit will be held in the Scheman Center. The agenda and a registration form are available at the ISU Extension Web site, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/.

TEN I-HELP SCHOLARS TO LINK WITH FACULTY MENTORS

This fall the colleges of agriculture and veterinary medicine will host 10 international scholars from eight countries as part of the 2001 International Higher Education Loan Program (I-HELP). The program helps young professionals gain international experience and build leadership skills as they prepare to address world food and environmental issues. The scholars, who arrive this month, will have ISU faculty mentors in agricultural education and studies, animal science, entomology, food science and human nutrition, economics, sociology, forestry and agronomy. The program is operated by ISU in affiliation with the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture, a network of 300 agricultural universities around the world. Another 10 I-HELP scholars will go to Purdue University.

ISU TO HOST INTERNATIONAL PIG VETERINARY SOCIETY CONGRESS

Next year Iowa State will host an expected 2,500 people for the 17th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, June 2-5, 2002. ISU microbiologist Hank Harris is president of the society and chairs the organizing committee. This is only the second time in its 33-year history that the congress will be held in the United States. The event was held in Ames in its U.S. debut in 1976. Attending the congress will be veterinarians, animal scientists, pork producers, nutritionists, students and others involved in pig veterinary science. ISU will host the meeting along with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the National Pork Board. For more information: http://www.ipvs2002.vetmed.iastate.edu.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

Aug. 4: Lauren L. Christian Pork Chop Open, Veenker Memorial Golf Course.

Aug. 9-19: Iowa State Fair.

Aug. 27: Fall semester begins.

Aug. 27-28: Iowa Communities 2010: Harvesting the Vision Rural Summit, Scheman Building.

Sept. 6: College of Agriculture fall convocation, Sun Room, Memorial Union, reception at 3:30 p.m., program at 4 p.m.

Oct. 18-20: World Food Prize 15th Anniversary Events, Des Moines, http://www.worldfoodprize.org.

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

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ISU NAMEPLATES: HOW TO GET THEM, HOW TO USE THEM

Official Iowa State University nameplates are available on the web from Printing Services. Both EPS and TIFF versions can be found at: http://web.print.iastate.edu/New%20Pages/Nameplates.html. They can be placed in most word processing or desktop publishing programs for output on Postscript and non-Postscript printers. There are rules for using the nameplates, such as using them unaltered, with the proportion of the original, and avoiding any conflicting background or surrounding shapes. The ISU Visual Identity Manual spells out other guidelines for using the nameplates and includes recommended colors. Ag Communications has the manuals. Call Marty, 4-5616, if you’d like to borrow one.

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INFOGRAZING

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WAY UP CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN IN HIGHER ED NOV. 1-2

The WAY UP XIX Annual Conference on Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education will be held Nov. 1-2 at the Amanas Holiday Inn in the Amanas. The "Leadership for Challenging Times" conference will include tracks in ethics; resources in tight times; developing yourself to meet the challenges; and politics. Continuing education units are available. For more information: http://www.mac.drake.edu/org/women/wayup.htmlor call Doreen Hayek, (319) 273-7300 or doreen.hayek@uni.edu.

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INTERNAL VOICES

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INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES TO FEEL HOPE

"At the same time that a global economy is increasing competition and decreasing prices for previous rural economic bases, such as agriculture and light manufacturing, there is devolution of responsibility for governmental functions such as provision of services and environmental protection. Rural communities not only need efficient local governments to deal with these issues. They need an entrepreneurial private sector and innovative private voluntary organizations . . . When all this is present, a community has high capacity for community-led development. Instead of feeling themselves victims of forces they cannot control, they feel hope. From being passive, waiting for someone to drop an industry on them to save them, they work together to create alternatives." From a paper presented by ISU rural sociologist Cornelia Flora at a July 20 Congressional briefing on research and extension work pertaining to rural economies, families and communities.

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EXTERNAL VOICES

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HOT-WEATHER THOUGHTS: THE CAT’S VICTORY

"What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? I wish I knew . . . Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can."

- Tennessee Williams, from his play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

HOT-WEATHER THOUGHTS: ON THE OZONE LAYER

"The work is going well, but it looks like the end of the world."

- Frank Rowland, the Nobel Prize-winning chemist, about his research into the destruction of the ozone layer

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MARGINALIA

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EUDORA WELTY’S LEGACY OF AN INTERNET P.O.

Eudora, the e-mail program used by the majority of ISU faculty and staff (according to Academic Information Technologies), was named after Eudora Welty. The writer died July 23 in Jackson, Miss., at the age of 92. Steven Dorner, the Eudora program’s designer, said he’d been processing so much e-mail that he felt like the character in Welty’s short story, "Why I Live at the P.O." The story is a comic first-person explanation by a small-town postmistress of why she is moving out of her eccentric family’s home to live at the post office. As the narrator prepares to leave home, she says: "So I hope to tell you I marched in and got the radio. And they could of all bit a nail in two, especially Stella-Rondo, that it used to belong to, and she well knew she couldn't get it back, I'd sue for it like a shot . . . The thermometer and the Hawaiian ukulele were certainly mine, and I stood on the stepladder and got all my watermelon-rind preserves and every fruit and vegetable I put up, every jar."

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