Issue: 269

 

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DAIRY AUCTION SATURDAY ATTRACTS 250 PEOPLE
At a public auction on Saturday, 113 head of dairy cattle were sold at the Dairy Science Teaching Farm. The auction was part of the transition in consolidating teaching and research programs at the ISU dairy facility in Ankeny, and plans for a new dairy farm to be established in the next few years. Some animals have been moved to Ankeny and others to the dairy facility in Calmar used to educate students at the Northeast Iowa Community College. About 250 people attended the auction, with 113 bidders participating. Cattle were sold to buyers from 10 different states. The ISU Dairy Science Club and students from the Northeast Iowa Community College worked for several days in preparing the animals for the sale, and also helped out in many ways on Saturday.

BORLAUG LECTURE TUESDAY NIGHT
M.S. Swaminathan will present the second annual Norman Borlaug Lecture hosted by President Geoffroy on "Hunger-Free World: The Final Milestone" at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. Swaminathan was a founding father of the Green Revolution in India and the first World Food Prize Laureate. Before the lecture, a reception will be held beginning at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room. Norman Borlaug will be a special guest. The second annual Norman Borlaug student poster competition also will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Oak Room.

PLANT BIOSECURITY FOCUS OF BIOTERRORISM COLLOQUIUM
This week's Crop Bioterrorism and Food Security Colloquium speaker will be Alan Dowdy, assistant director, USDA-APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, Raleigh, North Carolina. Dowdy is scheduled to present "Arthropods and Plant Biosecurity." The session is Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. in 210 Bessey Hall.

AGRICULTURE CAREER DAY TO BE HELD OCT. 21
About 125 employers are expected at Agriculture Career Day on Oct. 21. The agriculture career day is the largest in the country and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall and Campanile Room of the Memorial Union. More than 1,100 students, alumni and others interested in agricultural careers attend. The list of employers planning to attend can be found at http://www.ag.iastate.edu/careerservices/ag%20career%20day.html. The event is the unofficial kickoff for several weeks of campus job and internship interviews scheduled by employers.

THINK TANK ON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE OCT. 21
The second think tank on animal agriculture will be held Oct. 21 in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union, beginning with a social meeting at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. The discussion will focus on what might be the outcome of decreased antibiotic use in animal production systems. The discussion is titled "Inflammation: Cost to Benefit Ratio" and will be led by Marcus Kehrli, a research leader at the National Animal Disease Center. Register to attend by contacting Julie Roberts, jrober@iastate.edu before noon on Friday, Oct. 17. The buffet is $13, which is payable at the door.

ROTHSCHILD TO PRESENT FIRST PRESIDENTIAL UNIVERSITY LECTURE
Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture in animal science, will present the first Presidential University Lecture on Nov. 13. The Presidential University Lecture series is a new program that highlights faculty excellence in learning, discovery and engagement through invited lectures. Rothschild will speak on "From a Sow's Ear to a Silk Purse: The Promise of Genomics." The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union.

ORIENT CHAPTER PLACES FIRST AT FFA STATE SOIL JUDGING CONTEST
The 2003 State Soil Judging Contest was held Saturday and 26 teams participated. The team from Orient-Macksburg High School placed first in the judging and Grant Nelson, a member of the Orient team, won the highest individual judging competition. Nelson earned a certificate for a $500 scholarship in the Agronomy Department if he enrolls at ISU. This is a new scholarship award from the Agronomy Department. Participants in the event completed a written test and evaluated four soils and adjacent landscapes. Gerald Miller coordinated the soil judging portion of the contest with the help of Jon Sandor, Angela Rieck-Hinz, Richard Pope and Virgil Schmitt. Also, three members of Sandor's collegiate soil judging team helped: Dan Nath, Leah Wagemester and Eirk Christian.

BLOCK & BRIDLE CLUB BEGINS SAUSAGE AND CHEESE SALE
The Block & Bridle Club has begun its annual sale of summer sausage and cheese gift packs. Club members produce the summer sausage in the Meat Lab and proceeds support club activities. Gift packs will be available Nov. 1. Download an order form at: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/Images/2003_BBsaus_sales.html
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UKRAINE AG TRAVEL COURSE INFORMATIONAL MEETING
The agronomy, animal science and horticulture departments and the College of Veterinary Medicine are planning a Ukrainian agriculture travel course in May. The National Agricultural University in Kiev, which is located in the Ukraine capital, will host the group. Students will interact with faculty and students, learn about the educational system and visit research farms and labs. Tours to explore the history and culture of the country are planned as well as visits to agribusinesses. Scholarships are available for the trip, which is estimated to cost $1,600. An informational meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in 1204 Kildee Hall. Contact: Sherry Pogranichniy (sherrypo@iastate.edu), Doug Kenealy (dkenealy@iastate.edu) or Richard Gladon (gladon@iastate.edu).

ISU MEAT JUDGING TEAM TAKES FOURTH OVERALL IN 26TH ANNUAL CONTEST
Forty-nine contestants participated in the 26th annual Iowa State University Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held Sunday at the Meat Laboratory. Out of nine teams, the ISU Meat Judging Team was third in beef grading, second in pork judging, first in lamb judging, fifth in specifications and fourth high team in the overall contest. The judging team is coached by Jeff Sindelar, graduate student in meat science. The contest was coordinated by F.C. Parrish, professor emeritus, animal science. Contestants were from Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, Ohio State University, South Dakota State University, University of Illinois, University of Missouri and University of Nebraska. Also over the weekend, the Block and Bridle Club held its annual meat judging contest Sunday at the Meat Laboratory. Thirty-four ISU students participated. Jeff Sindelar and members of the club organized the contest.

SEASON OF AGRICULTURE CELEBRATION BEGINS NEXT WEEK AT REIMAN GARDENS
The College of Agriculture and Reiman Gardens' year-long celebration of agriculture will begin Oct. 23. Several events are planned to recognize agriculture's contributions to Iowa. The series will begin with a discussion about the use of botanicals for health purposes by Diane Birt, chair of food science and human nutrition. She also directs the new National Institutes of Health research program on dietary botanical supplements at Iowa State University in affiliation with the University of Iowa. No admission will be charged and the talk will begin at 7 p.m. at Reiman Gardens Hughes Auditorium.

NEW INSTITUTE TO EVALUATE GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has approved the creation of an institute at Iowa State University to address critical issues surrounding genetically modified agricultural products. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/bigmap.html

JAPANESE MEAT QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAMS ANALYZED
Japanese consumers are sophisticated, highly conscious of food quality and safety, and willing to pay more for attributes they believe result in a high-quality, safe product. Efforts in Japan designed to assure consumers the meat they buy is safe were analyzed recently by the Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center at Iowa State. Learn more in "Agriculture in Action" at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-10-09&f...

2003 PIERRE LECTURE IN SOIL SCIENCE OCT. 22 AT IOWA STATE
An expert in agricultural ecology will discuss the role of soils in profitable, sustainable agriculture systems Oct. 22. Phil Robertson, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University, will present the 2003 Pierre Lecture in Soil Science at 4:10 p.m. in 2050 Agronomy Hall. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/pierre.html

NEW AG ENGINEER READY TO WORK WITH IOWA LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS
Matt Helmers is looking forward to working with livestock producers and others in the agriculture industry now that he's back at his alma mater in his home state. Helmers, who grew up in Sibley where his grandfather and uncle still farm, recently began work as assistant professor of agricultural engineering at Iowa State. More:
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/oct03/oct0306.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 14: Second Norman Borlaug Lecture, M.S. Swaminathan to speak, 8 p.m., poster session preceding at 7 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union
Oct. 15: Biotechnology Career Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Molecular Biology Building Atrium, more at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~biocareerday/
Oct. 16: World Food Day satellite teleconference, "Collaboration or Calamity: Africa in Peril," 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Room 1155 Administrative Services Building, contact: Joyce Greving, 4-3079 or jagrevin@iastate.edu
Oct. 16-17: World Food Prize International Symposium, Des Moines, more at: http://www.worldfoodprize.com
Oct. 20: "Re-Thinking Agri-culture: As if the Real World Matters," Jules Pretty, Centre for the Environment and Society, University of Essex, 3:30 p.m., Science 152, contact: Jeri Neal at 4-5610
Oct. 21: Ag Career Day, Memorial Union, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/careerservices/ag%20career%20day.html
Oct. 25-26: Horticulture Club apple sales, Reiman Gardens
Nov. 3: 2003 Shivvers Lecture, "EPA's Perspective on Agriculture and Its Relation to Water Quality in Iowa," Jim Gulliford, Region 7 administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 4:10 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union
Nov. 19: How to Work with the Leopold Center and its New Initiatives, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 2050 Agronomy
Nov. 17: Iowa Organic Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/1103/organic.htm
Nov. 21: Deadline for nominating faculty and staff for College and ISU Foundation awards, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.html

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COMMUNICATION KIOSK
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ENTITLED TO A TITLE?
"Entitled" means the right to do or have something. "Titled" is the name you place on something. Correct usages: She was entitled to the promotion. The book was titled "Gone with the Wind." (Associated Press Stylebook 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS NEW FDA REGULATIONS OCT. 28
Two newly announced FDA regulations will target the monitoring and inspection of imported foods, and will identify and notify food processors involved in any deliberate or accidental contamination of food. The regulations will implement key provisions of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, which provided FDA with authority to protect the nation's food supply against actual or threatened terrorism acts. On Oct. 28 the FDA will hold a public meeting to discuss the regulations. More information: http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html.

CAST RELEASES PAPER ON NUTRACEUTICALS
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) released an issue paper titled "Nutraceuticals for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention." The paper identifies existing and emerging issues in the development and use of nutraceuticals. The paper is available at http://www.cast-science.org.

Next issue: Oct. 20

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