Issue: 273

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ICN MEETING WILL SEEK COMMENTS ABOUT COLLEGE’S RESEARCH/EXTENSION
The college will hold an ICN meeting Nov. 20 to seek comments from the public on future directions of its agricultural research program and related extension activities. The ICN meeting will begin at 7 p.m., hosted by Dean Catherine Woteki. "The discussion will focus on how the College of Agriculture can better serve the state of Iowa through its research and related extension programs," said Woteki. "We want to hear from Iowans about their priorities for future research, and whether resources are adequately aligned to respond to the needs of Iowans." Twenty sites around Iowa will carry the meeting, including N147 Lagomarcino Hall. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/icn.html

AG COMM WORKSHOP WILL INCLUDE SUCCESS STORIES
The next Ag Comm workshop on Thursday, Nov. 13, will cover successful strategies faculty used to develop communications skills in technical agriculture courses. Pizza and cake will be served to celebrate a decade of Ag Comm and its role in helping develop communications skills. Faculty and graduate students are invited to the session from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 142 Curtiss Hall. RSVP Cheryl Abrams at 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu by Wednesday, Nov. 12.

SECOND ALISON CIANCIO MEMORIAL AUCTION UNDERWAY
An Internet auction will be held through noon Nov. 17 to raise money for the Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship. Ciancio was a sophomore, majoring in animal science and active in the Dairy Science Club, who was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver on Jan. 6, 2002. The Dairy Science Club established the memorial fund to finance a scholarship that is awarded each year. The URL for the auction is http://www.ag.iastate.edu/departments/ansci/alisonciancio/.

THINK TANK ON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE FEATURES FARMER
Joe Lyon, agricultural leader and farmer from Toledo will be the guest speaker for the Think Tank’s Nov. 17 program. Lyon’s presentation is set for 7 p.m. following a dinner which begins at 6:30 p.m. Social time is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. It will be in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union. Contact Julie Roberts to register at 4-2353 or jrober@iastate.edu.

PROMOTION AND TENURE WORKSHOP SERIES BEGINS DEC. 4
The first of three workshops will feature members of the Provost's Office describing its expectations for success. The colleges of Agriculture, Education and Family and Consumer Sciences organized a Promotion and Tenure Workshop Series for probationary faculty and those tenured faculty who intend to pursue the rank of professor in the near future, as well as mentors and chairs. The session will be from 3:10 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall (Ensminger Room). Refreshments will be available in the Kildee Hall foyer at 2:45 p.m. The second workshop, which will be Feb. 3, is titled “Portfolio Development and Integration” and the third workshop, “Documentation for Fall 2004 P&T Reviews,” will be April 7.

OFF-CAMPUS COURSE SCHEDULING DEADLINES APPROACHING
Nov. 21 is the deadline for scheduling courses to be offered off-campus next summer. Instructors should notify their department chair or departmental coordinator or contact the Brenton Center if they plan to offer a course off-campus regardless of delivery method. The contacts at the Brenton Center are Richard Carter, 4-6950 or ricarter@iastate.edu, or Neena Bentley, 4-1862 or nbentley@iastate.edu. Jan. 15, 2004 is the deadline for fall courses.

AG-LINK CONFERENCE BEGINS NOV. 21
The annual Ag-Link conference is scheduled for Nov. 21-22 and Feb. 13-14, 2004 at The Hotel at Gateway Center. The four-day program, sponsored by Iowa State's Beginning Farmer Center and the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, is for students and their families who are looking at a multiple generation farm business. More at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/Aglink/. Contact: Beginning Farmer Center at (800) 447-1985.

COLLEGE FACULTY & STAFF HONORED BY GREEK COMMUNITY
College of Agriculture faculty and staff were honored in October by the Iowa State Greek Community at the Collegiate Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council's Fall 2003 Academic Recognition Night. The college had several honorees including: Ken Holscher, associate professor in entomology; Neil Harl, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture; Russ McCullough, agricultural economics lecturer; Steven Mickelson, associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering; Barb Osborn, horticulture program coordinator; and Brad Skaar, associate professor of animal science.

SOYBEAN RUST COURSE MATERIAL WINS FIRST PRIZE
Brent Brueland, program coordinator for the Crop Adviser Institute, placed first in the software category of the American Society of Agronomy Educational Excellence Awards presented last week. The award was for an interactive piece of courseware titled "Soybean Rust -- Biology and Risks" that he co-authored with X. B. Yang, plant pathology.

ISU HORTICULTURE STUDENTS VISIT TRIBAL COLLEGE
Six Iowa State horticulture students recently spent a day in Fort Yates, N.D. The unusual field trip included a hike along the Missouri River, buffalo stew for lunch and the opportunity to interact with students at Sitting Bull College. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-11-06&f...

PORK PRODUCER SURVEYS DOCUMENT EFFORTS TO CONTROL ODOR
Two surveys conducted by Iowa State University researchers show Iowa swine producers are using a wide variety of techniques to minimize odor from their operations. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/porkodor.html

SURVEY: STATES' ABILITY TO RESPOND TO BIOLOGICAL ATTACKS RISES
Two national surveys show the number of state health department epidemiology employees trained in infectious disease and terrorism preparedness increased significantly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The surveys were conducted by Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Public Health's Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/biosurvey.html

WHY THE JUMP IN LATE OCTOBER CORN PRICES?
Corn prices on nearby futures contracts rose about 28 cents per bushel between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. The sharp increase was a surprise to many market observers, since U.S. farmers are harvesting a record corn crop. Robert Wisner, ISU Extension economist, says the price increase was primarily due to speculation about a possible change in Chinese policy toward corn exports. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/nov03/nov0304.html

IOWA PORK INDUSTRY CENTER FUNDS EIGHT PROJECTS
The impact of swine diet on odor, swine manure for forage production and cull sow feeding are among the eight projects funded by the Iowa Pork Industry Center this year. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/nov03/nov0310.html

VENTILATION WORKSHOPS SET FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY
A series of workshops designed to help teach producers about the proper use of swine building ventilation equipment has been set for 11 Iowa locations this winter. Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering associate professor, is coordinating the workshops, which are cosponsored by ISU Extension and Iowa Pork Producers Association. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/nov03/nov0311.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Nov. 12: Sustainable Business Seminar, Sissel Waage, from The Natural Step, 3:10 p.m., Gold Room, Memorial Union, hosted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Office of Biorenewables Programs
Nov. 13: Presidential University Lecture, “From a Sow’s Ear to a Silk Purse: The Promise of Genomics,” Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture in animal science, 8 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union
Nov. 14: Brown bag seminars, "The effects of alternative and conventional farming on soil quality and other sustainability indicators" by John Reganold and "Breeding wheat for sustainable systems" (both are professors at Washington State University), noon to 2 p.m., 3140 Agronomy
Nov. 18-19: 2003 Beef Feedlot Conference, Hotel at Gateway Center, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/oct03/oct0310.html
Nov. 19: How to Work with the Leopold Center and its New Initiatives, 4 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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WHEN TO USE ALUMNUS, ALUMNI, ALUMNA, ALUMNAE
Use alumnus (alumni in the plural) when referring to a man who has attended a school. Use alumna (alumnae in the plural) for similar references to a woman. Use alumni when referring to a group of men and women. (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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ANIMAL CARE TRAINING FOR RESEARCHERS SET FOR NOV. 21
A one-day training program for faculty and staff who use animals in research will be hosted by Iowa State Nov. 21. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee's program will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Starlite Village Quality Inn and Suites in Ames. Registration fee is $80. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health, will lead the program. The course is designed to benefit new faculty and to serve as a refresher for more experienced researchers. Attendees will receive information on the federal laws, regulations, policies and standards governing the care and use of animals. Contact: ISU Office of Research Compliance, 4-6344.

NATIONAL SUMMIT ON AGRICULTURE
The League of Rural Voters, working with farm, church and community groups, will hold a National Summit on Agriculture and Rural Life on Nov.15 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. The summit will focus on rural economic development, U.S. agricultural policy, trade policy, environmental policy and community revitalization. Democratic candidates for president have committed to discussing their ideas about rural issues. The National Summit on Agriculture and Rural Life is open to the public. To view the agenda or register visit: http://www.leagueofruralvoters.org.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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BUFFER STRIPS NEED BETTER TARGETING
“Buffers have more than conservation value, they have value in terms of water quality, also landscape diversity and habitat, and their use needs to be better targeted. If they were, we could have a remarkable impact on the state’s water quality.”
-- Jim Gulliford, Region 7 administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, delivering the 2003 Shivvers Lecture Nov. 3 at Iowa State

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MARGINALIA
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BIOLOGICAL CONTROL FOR AFLATOXIN COULD SOON BE APPROVED
More than 20 years of research on aflatoxin, a destructive mold that can destroy millions in crops, appears to be paying off. The Associated Press reported that scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Peanut Research Laboratory have developed a control for aflatoxin that could reduce the mold by 70 to 90 percent in peanuts and help protect corn and other vulnerable crops. Corn growers in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi lost from $85 million to $100 million during a 1998 outbreak. The U.S. peanut industry lost $37 million during a 1993 outbreak and $44 million two years later. The USDA has granted an exclusive license to Circle One Global to produce a patented product known as Afla-Guard, a biological control for aflatoxin. If EPA approves Afla-Guard by December, as expected, Circle One would have a supply ready for the next growing season, said Dan Gay, the company's president.

Next issue: Nov. 17

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AG ONLINE
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