Issue: 274

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COLLEGE NEWS
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SUMMER HOURS BEGIN TODAY
College central administrative offices began summer hours today. They will be open from 7:30 to 4 p.m. Offices will be staffed over the noon hour. Calls after 4 p.m. should be directed to 4-2518. Summer hours end Aug. 15.

AWARDS BRING NEARLY $2.2 MILLION TO COLLEGE RESEARCHERS
College researchers won external grants amounting to about $2.2 million in March. The 41 awards totaled $2.19 million. Federal funding sources provided the most grants with 19 for $1.2 million, 18 coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and one from the National Science Foundation. Three state awards provided $461,157, the second highest source of funds. Commodity groups funded five projects for $170,802, universities and colleges provided $149,892, businesses added $107,821 and foundations provided $19,042. The list of sponsored funding awards by principal investigator is located at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/grantslist.html

FUND-RAISING GOAL FOR COLLEGE SET FOR COMING YEAR
A fund-raising goal of $12.2 million has been set for the College of Agriculture during the next fiscal year. President Gregory Geoffroy has asked the ISU Foundation to raise $54.4 million to fund university priorities. In the college, goals have been set for $7,650,000 to fund endowed chairs, professorships and fellowships for faculty; $1.2 million for graduate fellowships; $1,450,000 for undergraduate scholarships; and $1,860,000 for programmatic initatives (programs, centers, etc.). More on ISU’s fund-raising priorities: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2003/may/fundraising.shtml

ALUMNI DAYS RECEPTION FOR COLLEGE ALUMS
College administrators and department chairs will meet Friday with alumni from the college attending Alumni Days. The reception is set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall. Alumni Days begin Wednesday honoring the Class of 1953 and will include alumni celebrating 55-, 60-, 65-, 70- and 75-year class reunions.

BEEF CATTLE SYMPOSIUM THIS WEEK
The John M. Airy Beef Cattle Symposium, “Visions for Genetics and Breeding,” is set for Thursday through Saturday, May 15 to 17. It will be held in the Carver Center of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in Johnston. Details are available online: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/content/Airy_home.htm. Sponsors include the Iowa Beef Center, the Department of Animal Science, the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics, the Office of Biotechnology and the USDA-CSREES Pig Genome Coordination Program.

PROVOST TO VISIT GARDEN FIELD DAY IN AUGUST
Provost Ben Allen will attend the home demonstration garden field day at the Armstrong Demonstration Farm in Lewis at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7. The field day is one the largest of its kind in the state, attracting more than 300 visitors last year. The event is used to showcase new and unusual annual flowers and vegetables. This year the field day will feature All-American selections and heirloom flowers and vegetables. Heirloom varieties over 100 years old are being showcased in honor of extension's centennial celebration.

TWO DENMARK NATIVES ARE NEW HIRES IN COLLEGE
Two new assistant professors in the College of Agriculture are natives of Denmark. Palle (pronounced Pella) Pedersen is the new soybean extension agronomist in a state that annually leads the nation in soybean production. Kristjan Bregendahl has a research and teaching appointment in poultry nutrition in a state that leads the nation in egg production. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-05-08&f...

EXPLORE SPACE WITHOUT LEAVING THE GROUND
NASA Johnson Space Center will bring the excitement of space flight to ISU, May 22-25. Visitors will board an interactive display and see how astronauts live and work on board the International Space Station. Astronaut Peggy Whitson, a native Iowan, will be with the trailers May 24-25, and giving a presentation May 24. Sponsoring organizations include the 4-H Youth Development, Iowa 4-H Foundation, Iowa Space Grant Consortium and the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/may03/may0309.html

STUDY SHOWS LABELING WITH BENEFIT CONSUMERS AND PRODUCERS
Congress last year passed a law requiring that by September 2004 all fruits and vegetables, beef, lamb, pork and fish sold in the United States include a label showing where the food originated. A new study by faculty at five universities shows country-of-origin labeling -- often referred to as COOL -- would have significant benefits for consumers. C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor Neil Harl of Iowa State assisted with the study, which concluded the actual cost of record keeping for the new labeling would be less than one-tenth of a cent per pound. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/cool.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
May 12: Iowa State registration deadline, Plant Sciences Institute Symposium on Transposition, Recombination and Application to Plant Genomics to be held June 5-8, more information: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433p.html
May 14-16: Alumni Days
May 16: Reception for College alums attending Alumni Days, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall
May 30: RFP deadline for Leopold Center special research and education projects
June 24-26: 4-H Youth Conference, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/apr03/apr0308.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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BOTHERSOME BUZZWORDS
Buzzwords soon become cliches and prevent actual communication. Then they irritate every time we hear them. According to a recent survey of company directors in the United Kingdom, here are some buzzwords whose time has passed:
"Let's touch base"...............28%
"No-brainer"......................19%
"Synergy"..........................16%
"Outside the box".........….14%
"Let's take this offline"…....6%
"Playing hardball"..….........6%
Source: The Sixth Annual Aziz Management Communications Index, December 2002.

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INFOGRAZING
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FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECTS
The North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program has funds available to support projects to increase producer and rancher profitability, improve the environment and strengthen rural communities. Preproposals are due June 10. Successful preproposal authors will be invited to submit full proposals by November. Call the NCR-SARE at (402) 472-7081 for information or follow guidelines on the Web at http://www.sare.org/ncrsare/cfp.htm. Or contact Jerry DeWitt, ISU sustainable agriculture extension coordinator, 4-1923, or jdewitt@iastate.edu.

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INTERNAL VOICES
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A BEEF IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM THAT’S HARD TO BEAT
In May, the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity cooperative marks its 20th anniversary of collecting growth and carcass data on members' cattle. No county fair project, this year the Iowa-based program has 614 consigners from 11 states with about 9,600 head of cattle. What type of cattle was most profitable in the feedlot? That's the primary question, explains project leader Darrell Busby, Extension beef specialist with Iowa State University. “We're not just focusing on production efficiency," Busby says, however. A wider view is dictated by the best interest of consignors. "We're looking at quality, gain, the effects of a sound-preconditioning program, risk management, length of time on feed and how to pull the trigger at the right time on marketing . . . . One of the Georgia producers says this is about people helping people. Everyone trying to interact, share information and make a little better system-that philosophy may be even more powerful than the profit incentive." From a recent article in Drovers Magazine, http://www.beefquality.biz/030416.htm.

Next issue: May 19

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AG ONLINE
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