Issue: 283

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COLLEGE NEWS
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BIRT GIVES PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE TUESDAY NIGHT
Diane Birt, chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, will speak on “Is Cancer Preventable?” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Spring 2004 Presidential University Lecture. Birt’s presentation will be held in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. A reception and student poster display will begin at 7 p.m. in the Campanile Room. The Presidential University Lecture Series highlights faculty excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.

TEST OF CROP BIOTERRORISM ALERT SYSTEM SUCCESSFUL
A soybean rust simulation exercise designed to test a bioterrorism attack on U.S. crops passed its first trial last month. Forrest Nutter, Iowa State plant disease epidemiologist, organized the exercise that was conducted Jan. 14 and 15 to test the diagnostic and regional communications capabilities in Iowa and Illinois. A simulated soybean rust disease sample in the form of a photograph was delivered to the ISU Plant Disease Clinic triggering the exercise that involved the plant disease clinics at Iowa State and the University of Illinois, both state’s agriculture departments, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the National Plant Diagnostic Network. Key Iowa State participants were extension specialist Mark Carlton who served as the first detector for the simulated soybean rust sample, and diagnostician Paula Flynn. The exercise was overseen and evaluated by Carla Thomas, assistant director of the Western Plant Diagnostic Network, who gave high marks for all personnel involved in the exercise.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NATIONAL MANRRS CONFERENCE
Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences national conference, set for March 24 to 27 in Ames and Des Moines. Most shifts run three to five hours. Volunteers can pick times to work beginning at noon March 24, work alone or in groups, can begin shifts at 7 a.m. or work as late as 10 p.m. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and a goodie bag for working eight hours, but will probably have to provide their own transportation and pay for parking. Contact: Linda Wild at 4-7697 or lmwild@iastate.edu.

USDA HONORS COLLEGE RESEARCHERS FOR TECH TRANSFER WORK
Iowa State agronomist Antonio Mallarino is on a team of scientists that was honored Jan. 22 with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service top technology transfer awards for 2003. Mallarino and the other members of the Phosphorus Indexing Program Group were recognized for the development and implementation of a phosphorus indexing procedure to target remedial measures for nutrient management strategies that maintain productivity and protect water quality. Another research team with college connections was presented awards for its tech transfer work in developing a patented method to detect fecal contamination on carcasses during the slaughter process. Animal science collaborator Mark Rasmussen, along with fellow ARS National Animal Disease Center microbiologist Thomas Casey and ISU chemistry professor Jacob Petrich developed the Carcass Inspection System and a hand-held version of the technology, which entered the market in 2002, to reduce food safety issues associated with fresh meat.

SOUTH KOREAN STUDY ABROAD SESSION WILL VISIT ALUMNI
An informational meeting about an upcoming study abroad opportunity to South Korea will take place Feb. 4. The trip is set for May 14 to June 5, sponsored by the College of Agriculture and the natural resource ecology and management department. The group will be hosted by Iowa State alumni and will stay in homes of Korea students and families for nine nights. Dean Catherine Woteki will join the travelers to establish more a formal linkage with Yeungnam University. The college hosted 24 students from Yeungnam University for three weeks last June. The informational meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in 225 Bessey. Contact: Joe Colletti, 4-4912 or colletti@iastate.edu.

MEETINGS TO TACKLE BSE REGULATIONS
New BSE (mad cow disease) regulations will be the subject of four meetings for meat processors sponsored by ISU Meat Science Extension, the Iowa Meat Processors Association and the Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The USDA has published the rules to enhance the safeguards against BSE. All plants must comply with the new regulations. The meetings also will review plants’ HACCP plans to ensure they meet regulatory standards. They are scheduled for Feb. 10 in Iowa City, Feb. 11 in Independence, Feb. 12 in Atlantic and Feb. 21 in the ISU Meat Laboratory. Contact: Deb Michel at 4-1187 or dmichel@iastate.edu.

DEERE ISSUES RFP TO IOWA STATE RESEARCHERS
Deere & Co. is seeking proposals for research in applying virtual reality, visualization and other emerging information technologies to challenges in the company’s product and manufacturing process development. The deadline for proposals is March 31. ISU researchers are encouraged to contact Deere personnel to discuss ideas and formulate effective research plans. Those needing help with finding an appropriate Deere contact may contact Jerry Duncan at DuncanJerryR@JohnDeere.com. Proposals are limited to three pages and must use an outline and budget template available from Jim Oliver (oliver@iastate.edu), who can also answer questions. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Lynette Sherer at lks@vrac.iastate.edu.

AG AND THE ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE SET FOR MARCH 1 AND 2
The brochure and registration material for the Agriculture and the Environment Conference is now posted on the Web. The conference is set for March 1-2 at the Scheman Building. Participants in the Integrated Farm and Livestock Management (IFLM) Demonstration Program in Iowa will be recognized for their efforts to reduce erosion and commercial fertilizer use. Poster sessions on water quality will be part of the program. The conference is sponsored by the College of Agriculture, ISU Extension, the Iowa State Water Resources Research Institute, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Division of Soil Conservation-Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. More at: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/aged/Water/default.htm

AG COMM WORKSHOP FEB. 10 LOOKS AT SUCCESS STORIES
“Practices, Assignments and Activities that Work in Technical Courses” is the subject of next Ag Comm workshop. Professors will share successes in incorporating communication exercises in their courses. The session will begin at noon Feb. 10 in 8 Curtiss. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP Cheryl Abrams at 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu.

FROST-TOLERANT CORN DEVELOPED AT IOWA STATE
Iowa State researchers have discovered a way to increase corn's frost resistance by incorporating a tobacco gene that activates corn's natural defense systems against cold temperatures. Kan Wang, associate professor of agronomy and director of the Center for Plant Transformation, led the research team. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/jan/wang.shtml

PET FOOD GUIDELINES UPDATED IN NEW BOOK
A group of 10 animal nutrition experts worked for two years to produce a new book on the nutrient requirements of dogs and cats. Leading the effort was Don Beitz, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and animal science and biochemistry professor at Iowa State. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-01-29&f...

ISU SOCIOLOGISTS TO STUDY A DECADE OF CHANGE
Sociologists from Iowa State will be studying changes in rural communities during the past 10 years. The researchers received a USDA grant for $210,000 to survey residents about the quality of life in their communities. In 1994, researchers selected 100 Iowa communities to participate in a study of rural life in Iowa. Those same communities will be surveyed again. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/sygma.html

COLLEGE AWARDS TO FACULTY, STAFF AT CONVOCATION
Annual awards to faculty and staff were presented at the College of Agriculture spring semester convocation last Tuesday. Learn about the award winners at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/awards.html

ISU RELEASES SOYBEAN APHID MANAGEMENT INFO ON CD-ROM
The Crop Adviser Institute at Iowa State has released a soybean aphid-training continuing education course for Certified Crop Advisers and soybean producers. The course, available on CD-ROM, provides details on the insect's life cycle, identification, damage potential, geographical distribution and management. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/caicd.html

ISU POULTRY SPECIALIST INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
An Iowa State emeritus professor of animal science has been inducted into the American Poultry Historical Society Hall of Fame. Jerry Sell, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, was honored Jan. 28 during the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association award ceremony at the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/sellhof.html

ISU STUDENTS TO TEST SPACE BLENDER AT NASA
Iowa State students who are building a blender for space will travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston this July to test their device on the Boeing KC-135A. An honors seminar addressing space food systems introduced senior biology major David Chipman to food preparation in space. He pulled together a team to develop the blender. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/jan/space.shtml

ISU HOSTS 2004 BIOBASED INDUSTRY OUTLOOK CONFERENCE
Iowa State will host the 2004 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference March 7-8 at the Scheman Building in Ames. The conference, targeted to those interested in the bioindustry, will give an overview of the current state of the industry and its future. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/jan04/jan0418.html

ISU FIELD DAY TO FEATURE BRED HEIFER WINTER GRAZING
The Iowa Beef Center is hosting a field day on winter stockpile grazing at the Beef Nutrition Farm 2-4 p.m. Feb. 25. Research continues to show the benefits of stockpile grazing not only in money saved, but in reduced time and labor. There is no charge for the field day, and no pre-registration is required. For information, contact Dan Morrical, 4-2904 or morrical@iastate.edu.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Feb. 2: Miller Faculty Fellowship Proposals due in 138 Curtiss
Feb. 6: Deadline for nominations for the University-wide Grant Writers' Workshops, to Elena Polush by Feb. 6 at 133 Curtiss or elenap@iastate.edu, more: http://grants-svr.admin.iastate.edu/Funding/GrantSupport.html
Feb. 11: Deadline to register for the Community of Science database training on Feb. 16, contact Sreeparna Mitra at mitra@iastate.edu or Diane Meyer at meyerd@iastate.edu
Feb. 21-28: National FFA Week
Feb. 28: 33rd Annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference, Ottumwa, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/jan04/jan0406.html
Feb. 27: University Professional & Scientific Award nominations due
March 1-2: Agriculture and The Environment Water Quality Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/aged/Water/default.htm
Feb. 27: Proposal deadline to college for computer projects sought by Computation Advisory Committee, more: http://www.iastate.edu/~cac_info/CAC_RFP_Rev1.htm

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COMMUNICATION KIOSK
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NO CHARGE FOR DISPLAY EQUIPMENT AT AG COMMUNICATIONS
Exhibit and display equipment is available at no charge to College of Agriculture faculty and staff, agriculture student groups and college students participating in professional meetings. Four table-top and two floor-standing exhibits can be reserved, as well as easels, laser pointers, a portable public-address system and digital cameras. Descriptions of the equipment are at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/exhibits.html

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INFOGRAZING
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CAST ISSUE PAPER ON FOOD SAFETY
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology last week released the issue paper, "Intervention Strategies for the Microbiological Safety of Foods of Animal Origin." It examines practices at the farm, production, processing, and retail levels, and suggests that additional strategies should be identified to decrease the incidence of foodborne illnesses associated with foods contaminated by animal wastes. Michael Doyle of the University of Georgia led the 13-person task force that wrote and reviewed the paper. More at : http://www.cast-science.org.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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MISSING A REGULAR CONTACT WITH FARMERS
"There's a growing interest on the part of the non-farm consumer to know more about our food supply and how food is grown. Farmers looked to us to be their voice in the city and the suburbs, and I think people in Chicago are going to miss that regular contact with farmers." Orion Samuelson, farm broadcaster at Chicago’s WGN, on the demise of his noon rural affairs show after nearly 50 years on the air (Chicago Tribune, Jan. 21).

Next issue: Feb. 9

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AG ONLINE
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