Issue: 248

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COLLEGE NEWS
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RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION FARM FIELD DAYS BEGIN IN JUNE
The Research and Demonstration Farms’ summer field day season kicks off at the Southeast Farm near Crawfordsville at 1 p.m., June 18. It is the first of six summer field days. On June 19, the Armstrong and Lauren Christian Swine farms, near Lewis, host a field day from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The rest of the field days are:
Northeast Farm near Nashua, June 24, 1:30 p.m.
Northwest Farm near Sutherland, June 25, 9 a.m.
Northern Farm near Kanawha, June 26, 9:30 a.m.
Muscatine Island Farm near Fruitland, July 14, 4 and 6:30 p.m.

ISU STUDY SHOWS ECONOMIC IMPACT OF IOWA EGG INDUSTRY
The egg production and processing industry has a significant impact on the economy of Iowa, the nation’s leading egg-producing state. If consumer demand increases and Iowa continues to grow the industry, expansion of Iowa's egg industry will continue. Those are two findings in a new study by Iowa State economists. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/eggreport.html

BARBECUE "TRAINING CAMP" PREPS GRILLERS FOR SUMMER
One of the joys of summer is backyard barbecuing. On May 3, 60 people attended a first-ever Barbecue Spring Training Camp at Iowa State. The event was held in the ISU Meat Laboratory. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-05-15&f...

DEADLINE NEARS FOR ON STARLINK CORN LEGAL ACTION
Corn producers have until May 31 to file for a share of a $110 million settlement of a lawsuit against companies that produced and marketed StarLink corn. Settlement of a class-action lawsuit has been proposed for farmers who grew non-StarLink corn and were harmed either by lower prices or because their crops, fields, equipment or storage facilities were contaminated by StarLink corn. ISU economist Roger Ginder said there will be a fixed amount of money to pay claims. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/starlink.html

LIVESTOCK ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION MEETINGS PLANNED
A series of meetings in June will provide the latest information on new Iowa regulations for livestock production. The meetings are sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center and ISU Extension, and will be held at five locations. Speakers include ISU’s Wendy Powers, Jeff Lorimor and Extension field specialists. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/may03/may0313.html

EXTENSION PROVIDES SERVICES IN URBAN AGRICULTURE
ISU Extension has traditionally provided its rural communities with research-based information on the production of food, feed, fuel and fiber commodities. To meet similar but unique needs of Iowans in urban communities, Extension is reorganizing its services to include urban agriculture. The Urban Agriculture Program will provide greater visibility of services that promote sustainability and improve quality of life in urban communities through an understanding of natural resources. The Extension Urban Agriculture Web site can be found at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/urbanag/.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
May 30: RFP deadline for Leopold Center special research and education projects, more at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/rfp_050503.html
June 5-7: World Pork Expo, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, more at http://www.worldpork.org/
July 8: Lauren L. Christian Pork Chop Open, 10 a.m. shotgun start, Veenker Memorial Golf Course; 4 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. dinner with a program, awards and a fund-raising auction following, registration form at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ipic/events/LCPCO703.pdf
June 24-26: 4-H Youth Conference, more at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/apr03/apr0308.html
Aug. 15: Summer hours end

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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LISTENING EFFECTIVELY TAKES MORE THAN EARS
It takes the whole body to actively listen, according to these tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture resolution program staff.
1. Use your body language to signal that you are listening: Make frequent eye contact. Keep your body oriented toward the speaker. Nod your head. Say "yeah", "uh huh," "I see," etc.
2. Ask questions: Ask open ended, non-confrontational questions. Invite the speaker to tell more about their concerns, expectations and interests. "Can you tell me more about ... ," "What did you mean when you said ... ,"
3. Paraphrase by restating what the speaker has said in your own words. Do not evaluate or judge. Focus on the speaker. Include both facts and feelings. "So, you believe strongly that ... ," "The way you see it ... ," "What I hear you saying is, you ..."
--USDA/ARS Cooperative Resolution Program, http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/PROGRAMS/COOPRES/tips/tips_activelistening.htm

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INFOGRAZING
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PRINCIPLES, GUIDELINES FOR SPONSORED RESEARCH NOW ONLINE
The ISU Research Foundation, the Office of Industry Relations and the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration have documented principles and guidelines for sponsored research and scholarly activities at Iowa State. The document is online: http://ospa.iastate.edu/principles_and_guidelines.htm

CSREES REQUESTS APPLICATIONS FOR NRI SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAM
Requests for applications are due June 30 for the supplemental National Research Initiative Integrated Program. Approximately $30 million is available for projects that are multistate, multi-institutional or multidisciplinary, or that integrate agricultural research, extension and education. The five areas for proposals are: functional genomics of agriculturally important organisms; air quality; human nutrition and obesity; animal and plant biosecurity; and national training program for agricultural homeland security. Optional letters of intent are to be received by June 30 and full applications are due July 30. For more information: http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/rfanri_integrated_program_03.htm

NEW STUDY PROGRAM DEALS WITH LIVESTOCK IN EMERGENCIES
The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration have introduced an independent study program called "Livestock in Disasters." It is aimed at producers, emergency managers and other first responders involved in livestock agriculture. Program details: http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/

NSF REVISES GUIDE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS
The National Science Foundation has revised its grant proposal guide that applies to proposals submitted on or after June 1. A summary of significant changes is available online: http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf03041

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MARGINALIA
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NO PIGS NEEDED FOR THESE TRUFFLES
Truffle UK Ltd. has begun selling kits for growing the rare fungi, Reuters reports. "There is a ridiculous amount of snobbery surrounding the truffle and there needn't be," said Nigel Hadden-Paton of Truffle UK Ltd, who is selling tree seedlings implanted with truffle spores at the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London. Hadden-Paton bought the implanting technology from the New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research. He won’t say how the seedlings are "infected" with truffle spores for fear of giving secrets away to the French, Italians and Spanish who have dominated the market.

Next issue: May 27

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