Issue: 202

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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ALUMNI VISIT AG 450 FARM

Dean Catherine Woteki answered questions from college alumni on a variety of topics at a reception Friday at the Ag 450 Farm. Seventy alumni visited the farm in conjunction with ISU Alumni Days. They asked questions on ethanol research, GMOs, 4-H, soybeans, ag terrorism and ag research. Also speaking to the group were department leaders Steve Fales, agronomy, Sue Lamont, animal science, Robert Martin, agricultural education and studies, and Michael Kelly, forestry. Ted Tinkham, a 1952 animal husbandry graduate from Cameron, Ill., told Dean Woteki: "When we were in school, all our deans were men. I'm happy to see a woman dean. I'm impressed that you said that you do not have a farm background and you have achieved this title."

FARM PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE RESEARCH FARM WEBSITE

ISU Research and Demonstration Farms 2001 annual progress reports are on the Web. Reports for most the farms have been updated. Later this summer, reports for the McNay and Rhodes farms will be added. Adobe Acrobat is needed to view and print the PDF documents. The reports are listed by study under each farm at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/reports.html.

ISU AG ECONOMISTS HELP SORT THROUGH FARM BILL

ISU’s Mike Duffy joined other university agricultural economists and public policy officials in Kansas City last month to discuss provisions of the new farm bill, and begin the process of educating others. The Farm Bill Education Conference was sponsored by the Oak Brook, Ill.-based Farm Foundation. Kansas State University has posted a series of articles arising from the discussions: http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/news/sty/2002/June02FarmBill.htm.

DICKSON ON EXPERT PANEL OF FOOD SAFETY REPORT

Although scientists have made great strides in finding new ways to improve the safety of the nation's food supply, consumers should not expect the marketplace to become entirely free of dangerous organisms at all times. That was a conclusion of a team of 21 scientists assembled by the Institute of Food Technologists. Earlier this year IFT released a report on the panel's work, "Emerging Microbiological Food Safety Issues: Implications for Control in the 21st Century." One of the panel members was Jim Dickson, chair of the microbiology department and program director for the Food Safety Consortium at ISU. The report, which is online at http://www.ift.org/govtrelations/microfs/, also includes recommendations to improve the nation's food safety.

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SOY PROTEIN RESEARCH STUDY

Postmenopausal women are needed for a six-week, health and nutrition research study using soy protein. Researchers at the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition are looking for women who are healthy with a body mass index between 20 and 32, are not taking hormones or medications and are able to participate for six weeks. Dietary intake analysis, antioxidant status, iron status and blood lipids will be assessed. Participants will receive $125. Call the Human Metabolic Unit, (515) 294-8673, which will be recruiting throughout the summer.

IOWA STATE SHOWS CARCASS COMPOSTING WORKS

An ISU website, http://www.abe.iastate.edu/pigsgone/, and a new informational bulletin show pork producers how to make one of their problems disappear. They outline research by ISU agricultural engineers that shows composting can be a flexible, low-cost method for environmentally sound disposal of dead animals. Learn more in "Agriculture in Action" at: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

EXTENSION OFFERS ONLINE ADVANCED GRAIN MARKETING COURSE

ISU Extension is offering an online grain marketing short course this summer. Designed for Midwest growers, the advanced grain marketing course covers market fundamentals, ways to use marketing tools to protect prices and reduce risk, and developing grain marketing plans. It is being offered June through August. The course can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Registration deadline is July 1. Details at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2002/jun02/jun0203.html

LEOPOLD CENTER DIRECTOR VOWS TO SEEK FUNDING

In an "open letter to Iowans" last week, Fred Kirschenmann, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, said the "center is too important to abandon" and vowed to seek other funding sources. Lawmakers recently reduced the center's funding by $1 million. Read the letter at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/leopold/news/openletter.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

June 17-28: Cyclone Beef Days, "Tuning Up Your Pasture Potential," more info: http://www.ibc.iastate.edu/content/newsrel/2002/502/5022.htm

June 20: Research and Demonstration Farm’s field day season begins, Northeast farm, 1:30 p.m., west of Nashua, more info: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html

June 28: Sign-up deadline, second College of Agriculture Research Grant Writers Workshop beginning Aug. 27, more info: Elena Polouchkina, 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu

July 1: Nomination deadline for Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame Award, more info: www.public-health.uiowa.edu/ICASH/Hall_of_Fame_Award.html

July 9: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, 10 a.m., Veenker Memorial Golf Course, more info: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/LCPCOreg.pdf

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C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

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CALL US IF REPORTERS CALL YOU

If you get a call from a news reporter, let Ag Communications Service know by calling 4-5616 or e-mailing Barb McManus, bamcman@iastate.edu. The college and University News Service track media calls to ISU faculty and staff. A list of daily contacts is compiled and sent to university administrators. Also, Ag Communications’ website includes tips on being an effective spokesperson: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/spokesindex.html

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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MULTICULTURAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATIONS SOUGHT

This CSREES program is designed to attract and educate multicultural students for careers in agriscience and agribusiness. The program provides funding for the recruitment and up to four years of education for each student selected for a scholarship. The deadline for submitting proposals is Aug. 5. More information at: http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/rfamulti.htm

NSF GRANTS TO BOOST HOMELAND SECURITY RESEARCH

A series of new grants from the National Science Foundation seek to support research related to the terrorism and anthrax incidents of last fall and contribute to homeland security. University-based teams will use the federal funds for research in areas such as detection and decontamination of biological or chemical warfare agents, cybersecurity and continuing social responses to September 11. More information: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/media/01/nsf_response.htm

PFI’S PICNICS WITH A PURPOSE

The Practical Farmers of Iowa views its 13 field and community days as picnics with a purpose. The on-farm demonstrations will be held throughout the state from June 15 through mid-September. Producers at the sites will be able to demonstrate on-farm research and answer questions about pigs in hoop houses, weeds and organic farming and what alternative crops are available. For more information go to the PFI web page at: http://www.pfi.iastate.edu/Calendar/2002_field_days_and_community_da.htm

NASULGC FORMS ECOTERRORISM TASK FORCE

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) has formed a task force to review ecoterrorism issues because it sees ecoterrorists who attack research facilities as a growing threat to universities. The group will make recommendations to member institutions for actions to safeguard against ecoterrorism threats. The task force is chaired by Robert Hoover, president of the University of Idaho.

OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS UPDATES WEBSITE

Update your bookmark for ISU’s Office of Sponsored Programs Administration website. The new address is: http://ospa.iastate.edu.

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E X T E R N A L V O I C E S

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GRILLING REQUIRES VIGILANCE

''When you're checking your food, remember that it is going to be underdone for a long time, perfectly done for just a minute and overdone for the rest of its existence.'' Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby from "Let the Flames Begin: Tips, Techniques and Recipes for Real Live Fire Cooking"

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M A R G I N A L I A

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GENES COULD GIVE YOU A SWEET TOOTH

The origin for your sweet tooth may be genetic, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. "Although environmental, psychological and physiologic factors affect appetite and nutrient intake, several studies suggest that behaviors such as food and beverage preferences and nutrient intake are at least partially genetically determined," said Alan Shuldiner, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Shuldiner's team studied the eating habits and genetics of Pennsylvania Amish families. While scientists haven't yet found the exact genes that are linked with each eating behavior, there are candidates -- found by other researchers -- that reside on the chromosomes of interest. (Reuters, June 7)

Next issue: June 17 Deadline: June 14

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AG ONLINE

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