Issue: 264

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COLLEGE NEWS
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LEARNING COMMUNITY FIELD TRIP MAKES NEWS
An Agronomy Learning Community field trip to Northwest Iowa was the subject of a front page story in this week's Iowa Farmer Today newspaper. Reporter Gene Lucht tagged along with the group as they toured farms, agribusinesses and a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, talking to program coordinator Sherry Pogranichniy and several students about the learning community. More at: http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/03/030906/fieldtrip.htm

BOOKMARK DEVELOPED WITH STRATEGIC PLAN HIGHLIGHTS
A bookmark with a quick summary of the college’s strategic plan is available. Ag Communications had the bookmark designed to give the details of the plan in an easy-to-read form. The bookmark also is available on the college’s web as a PDF (154KB): http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/spbookmark.pdf. Contact Pat Olsson in ag communications, 4-5616 or hpo@iastate.edu, to get copies of the bookmark.

NEW ISU CHAIR OPTIMISTIC ABOUT IOWA'S ANIMAL INDUSTRY
The new chair of Iowa State’s animal science department has been on the job just a month. But Maynard Hogberg is no stranger to Iowa State or to Iowa’s animal industry. He got his first exposure to both as a 4-H member growing up on his family’s crop and livestock farm in southwest Iowa. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-09-04&f...

ISU AG LAW CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS; NEW SEARCH PLANNED
The withdrawal of a candidate has ended a search for a faculty member in agricultural law in the economics department at Iowa State. Jon Lauck, an assistant professor at South Dakota State University, withdrew his name this week. He had been scheduled to present a public seminar on campus Sept. 16. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/aglaw.html

IOWA STATE'S STUDENT-MANAGED FARM CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OCT. 4
The first student-managed farm in the nation will celebrate its 60th anniversary with an open house during Iowa State's Family Weekend Oct. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., with a brief program at 2 p.m. Displays at the celebration will illustrate changes that have occurred since the farm began in 1943. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/ag450.html

OUART APPOINTED ASSOCIATE VICE PROVOST FOR EXTENSION
Michael Ouart has been appointed associate vice provost for Iowa State University Extension and professor in animal science. He assumed his new duties Sept. 1. Before coming to ISU, Ouart was assistant director and state program leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. His extension career also includes experience in Kansas, Colorado and Florida. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/sep03/sep0303.html

CARD WORKSHOP REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING
Sept. 17 is the registration deadline for the fifth annual Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop to be held Sept. 21-22 at the Scheman Building. The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development will sponsor the workshop, which is a chance for academics and other professional economists to present current environment-related research. Registration information is available at: http://www.card.iastate.edu/about_card/events/heartland_workshop/home200...

ALTERNATIVE SWINE PRODUCTION HEALTH GRANT CLARIFICATION
Practical Farmers of Iowa/ISU Extension Farming Systems Coordinator Rick Exner will lead a project to address the health issues of young pigs in alternative production systems, which was recently funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. The proposal grew out of an issue team of the Pork Niche Market Working Group, a collaboration of producers, industry groups, commodity organizations and scientists coordinated by Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 10: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., near Crawfordsville
Sept. 11: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., near Kanawha
Sept. 15: Deadline for registering for ISU Extension’s annual conference on Sept. 29-30, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/anconf/2003/
Sept. 15-16: Iowa Food Security Conference, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, West Des Moines, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/903/security.htm
Sept. 17: Ag Comm workshop on plagiarism, noon, light lunch, 8 Curtiss, RSVP Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu
Sept. 18: Northwest Iowa Manure Application Field Day, near Doon, more: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/events.html
Sept. 21-27: National Farm Safety and Health Week,
Sept. 22: International Opportunities Fair, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Memorial Union
Sept. 22: Think Tank on Animal Agriculture, Maynard Hogberg to speak, 6 p.m., $12 for dinner, RSVP to Julie Roberts, 4-2353 or jrober@iastate.edu
Sept. 29-30: ISU Extension’s annual conference, Iowa State Center, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/anconf/2003/
Sept. 29: University Convocation, 3 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union
Oct. 4: AG450 Farm’s 60th anniversary celebration, 1 to 4 p.m. open house with a short program at 2 p.m. and a lunch following the program, more: http://www.ag450farm.iastate.edu
Oct. 6-10: Ag Week at Iowa State
Oct. 8: Graduate and Professional School Days, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union, more: http://www.iastate.edu/~career_info/gpd2003.html
Oct. 15: Second Norman Borlaug Lecture, M.S. Swaminathan to speak, 8 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union
Nov. 17: Iowa Organic Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/1103/organic.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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TIPS FOR GIVING AND GETTING FEEDBACK
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Resolution Program, a branch of the USDA/ARS Administrative and Financial Management Division, offers communication tips for the workplace:
- Make it timely.
- Direct it to the person displaying the behavior.
- Focus on behavior, not character.
- State your reason for giving feedback.
- Make it specific, giving examples of what, when, where, etc.
- Define the impact and the consequences of the behavior.
- Use "I" statements as opposed to "You" statements to reduce defensiveness.
- Check to be sure your message has been received and understood.
- Give them an opportunity to respond.
- Offer specific and useful suggestions.
- Express your appreciation to the person receiving the feedback for listening.
When you receive feedback:
- Breathe - it calms you.
- Listen carefully.
- Ask questions.
USDA/ARS Cooperative Resolution Program, http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/PROGRAMS/COOPRES/tips/index.htm

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INFOGRAZING
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GRADUATE BIOTECH FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED
The Office of Biotechnology invites applications for graduate student fellowships from academic departments or interdisciplinary programs participating in Iowa State's biotechnology program. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Contact Teri Peterson, tlpeters@iastate.edu.

RESTAURANT FOOD SAFETY SUBJECT OF LECTURE
A public lecture titled "Food Safety and Security in the Restaurant Industry" will be presented Sept. 15, sponsored by the Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management program in the Department of Apparel, Educational Studies and Hospitality Management. Jorge Hernandez, Vice President of food safety and risk assessment, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, will speak at 3 p.m. in the Oak Room, Memorial Union. Space is limited to 100 attendees. More at: http://www.fcs.iastate.edu/hrim/hernandez.asp for more details.

EDUCATION PROFESSOR TO SPEAK SEPT. 16
Stephen Brookfield, distinguished professor of education at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, will speak on campus Sept. 16 as the 2003-2004 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Brookfield is an expert in critical thinking, adult and transformational education. He is scheduled to give a speech titled “Critically Reflective Teaching” at 7 p.m. in McKay Auditorium.

BIOTECH SURVEY RESULTS ARE OPEN FOR COMMENT
University scientists evaluating the roles and responsibilities of the land grant universities in the area of biotechnology research and communication invite comments to results of the group’s on-line survey. Administrators and faculty from every state completed 1,802 surveys. Among the survey results were that:
--The main role of the land grant university system should be to assess the risks of agricultural biotechnology and provide information to public policymakers.
--Environmental protection, including reduced reliance on agricultural chemicals and promoting sustainability, were viewed as the most important benefits of agricultural biotechnology.
--Biotechnology companies are seen as benefiting the most from biotechnology, while land grant universities are viewed as least likely to benefit.
--Increased corporate control over agriculture is the greatest concern among the respondents related to agricultural biotechnology. The top concern about the land grant university system is that it is not perceived as neutral on this topic.
The comment deadline is Oct. 1. You can submit your comments to the survey results by going to: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/biotech/

PRE-HARVEST FOOD SAFETY MEETING THIS WEEK
The Food Safety and Inspection Service will hold a public meeting on pre-harvest food safety issues Sept. 9 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will consist of presentations on the research and practical experiences aimed at reducing E. coli O157:H7 at the livestock production level before livestock reach federally inspected plants. The meeting also will include a brief review of on-farm interventions for pathogens other than E. coli O157:H7 that have already been adopted by producers. A tentative agenda is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD SAFETY & QUALITY CONFERENCE AND EXPO NOV. 5-7
The third International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo Nov. 5-7 will focus on the science of food from producer to consumer. The meeting, set for Orlando, is sponsored by the Institute of Food Technologists. The two-day expo will include exhibits designed to protect and ensure food safety and quality. More at: http://www.iftfoodsafety.com.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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YOGI BERRA COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER
"It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear."
--Dick Cavett, media personality

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MARGINALIA
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USDA RESEARCH SHEDS LIGHT ON MULCH
Agricultural Research Service researchers think they have a better idea how the color of plastic mulch affects food plants. Past studies showed that red mulch produced larger tomatoes and sweeter-smelling, better-tasting strawberries. More recent work with cotton, carrots and basil focused on how color can affect the plants’ roots, stems, leaves and seeds, as well as the fruit. Researchers found that colored-mulch’s controlling factor is not the colors themselves, but how the colors change the amount of blue light and the ratio of far-red (FR) to red light that plants receive. More at: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/sep03/mulch0903.htm

Next issue: Sept. 15

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AG ONLINE
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