Issue: 284

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE ALUM TO SPEAK AT PESEK COLLOQUIUM
The fourth John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture will be held March 3-4. Daryll Ray, Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy and director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center at the University of Tennessee, will be the featured speaker at events scheduled for campus and the University of Northern Iowa. Ray's presentation is titled "Agricultural Policy for the 21st Century and the Legacy of the Wallaces." More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/pesek.html

SPANISH COURSE BEGINS FEB. 17
A beginning Spanish language course will be offered to faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture starting Feb. 17. It will be taught 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight weeks in 19 Curtiss. To register, please send check or intramural for $50 (payable to Iowa State) by Feb. 16 to Global Agriculture Programs, 104 Curtiss. Contact: Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972 or ebecerra@iastate.edu.

PARRISH NAMED 2003 HONORARY MASTER PORK PRODUCER
F.C. Parrish, retired professor of animal science and food science and human nutrition, was named the 2003 Honorary Master Pork Producer at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet on Jan. 28. The honor is given to those who have made significant contributions to the pork industry. Parrish retired from ISU in 2001. During his 37-year career, he taught more than 5,000 students and coached the meat judging team.

GAMMA SIGMA DELTA AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
The Iowa Beta Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta seeks nominations for its annual awards program. March 12 is the deadline for the alumni membership award, alumni award of merit, faculty membership award, mission award and distinguished service to agriculture award of merit. Award submission forms can be found at the Gamma Sigma Delta web site: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/gsd/awards_forms.html

SOUTH KOREAN STUDY ABROAD SESSION WILL VISIT ALUMNI
There is still time for students to apply for a study-abroad course 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 a more a formal partnership with Yeungnam University. Contact: Joe Colletti, 4-4912 or colletti@iastate.edu.

NEXT GENERATION OF PHYTOREMEDIATION TOPIC OF SEMINAR
Louis Licht, the founder and owner of Ecolotree Inc., a phytoremediation company, will speak at a seminar Thursday, Feb. 12. The firm grows poplar trees and other plants to clean up pollutants in soil and water. Licht, an Iowa State alumnus, owns and manages 450 acres of crop and forestlands in Iowa. The seminar will begin at noon in 110 Davidson Hall.

SEMINAR DEALS WITH INFLUENCING POLICY
“Selective Entry, Persistent Contact: Reflections on How to Work the Hill” is the title of the next presentation of the Science and Policy Seminar Series. Larry Burmeister, associate professor of community and leadership development at the University of Kentucky, will speak at 4 p.m., Feb. 19 in 2020 Agronomy. A reception will precede the presentation at 3:30 p.m. in the Agronomy Commons, second floor. The series is supported by the Global Agricultural Science and Policy Initiative through an endowment to the agronomy department. Supporting departments include agronomy, economics, plant pathology, political science, sociology and the Office of Biotechnology. Contact Ann Finan, 4-8012 or afinan@iastate.edu.

VALUE CHAIN PROGRAM PROMOTES NEW OPPORTUNITIES
A Leopold Center program created by a $560,000 W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant has leveraged more than $280,000 in additional funds for projects aimed at creating new opportunities for Iowa farmers and rural communities. Value Chain Partnerships for a Sustainable Agriculture will hold a first-anniversary event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Jischke Honors Building. The event is open to the public. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/leopold/news/anniversary_020904.html

SEED SCIENCE CENTER WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCE FEB. 16-18
The 26th annual Seed Technology Conference will be held Feb. 17 at the Scheman Building. On Feb. 16, a workshop, “All About ISO: Is ISO-9001 Right For You?” will be held at the Seed Science Center. On Feb. 18, the Seed-Applied Insecticide Workshop will focus on chemical combinations and equipment that affect the performance of insecticide strategies. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/seedconf.html

CORN-SOYBEAN ROTATION STILL MAKES SENSE
Concern over aphids, nematodes and diseases that attack soybean fields, plus increasing corn yields, have led some producers to consider changing from a corn-soybean rotation to either continuous corn or two years of corn followed by one year of soybean. Palle Pedersen, ISU soybean extension agronomist, says research shows the corn-soybean rotation is still best. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at:
http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-02-05&f...

CORNBELT COW-CALF CONFERENCE FEB. 28
The 33rd annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference will be held Feb. 28 at the Coliseum in Ottumwa. The convention focuses on management and production practices that apply to the cow-calf industry. The conference provides an opportunity for researchers, cattle producers and more than 70 industry representatives to explore current topics and issues. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/feb04/feb0405.html

HORTICULTURE STUDENT EARNS NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
An Iowa State horticulture student who hopes to own a floral shop someday will gain experience this summer through a national internship program. Danielle Prevette, a junior from West Des Moines, is a recipient of a Mosmiller Scholar Program internship. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/prevette.html

ISU EXTENSION OFFERS TWO FIELD CROP SCOUT COURSES
People who plan to work as crop scouts this summer may want to attend one of two upcoming ISU Extension field crop scout schools. The curriculum aims to build basic diagnostic skills required for recognizing crop problems. The schools will be held Feb. 26 and March 6 in the Scheman Building. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/feb04/feb0404.html

PROGRAM FOCUSES ON RENEWING IOWA'S COUNTRYSIDE
ISU Extension entomologist and photographer Jerry DeWitt will present stories and slides from the recently published book, “Renewing the Countryside -- Iowa,” at Reiman Gardens on Feb. 19. Joining Dewitt, who provided most of the book’s photographs, will join several others who contributed to or were featured in the book. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium. Admission is free.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Feb. 10: Ag Comm Workshop, noon, Room 8 Curtiss, RSVP Cheryl Abrams at 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu
Feb. 11-13: Horticulture Club’s spring bulb sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Curtiss Hall on Feb. 11; Beardshear Hall, Feb. 12; and Horticulture Hall, Feb. 13
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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PORE AND POUR
The verb “pore” means to gaze intently or steadily. (She pored over her books.) The verb “pour” means to flow in a continuous stream. (It poured rain. He poured the coffee.). (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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ISU BIOTECHNOLOGY DIRECTORIES ON THE WEB
ISU’s Office of Biotechnology has its faculty/staff resource directory and facilities directory available online: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/Current_Research/tablecontents.html and http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/service_facilities/

LATEST CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE DATA ONLINE
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released preliminary state and national demographic data from the 2002 Census of Agriculture. All reports are available free at http://www.nass.usda.gov/census/. (See “Marginalia” item below.)

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROPOSALS SOUGHT
The USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service seeks proposals for its annual competitive Scientific Cooperation Research Program. Proposals are requested for joint international activities in food security, sustainable agriculture and natural resources management, and science and trade. Applications must be received by March 12. More: http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/USDA/FAS/FAS/USDA-GRANTS-013104-001/...

AG IMPORTS MAY OUTPACE EXPORTS
Although U.S. agricultural exports continue to rise, imports are increasing at nearly twice the pace. Horticultural products such as vegetables, fruits, juices, nuts and cut flowers, as well as cheese, bakery products, pasta, candy, vegetable oils, wine, beer and coffee, are part of the increase. More at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Amberwaves/February04/Features/USTradeBalance.htm.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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EXTENSION EDUCATION A CRITICAL RESOURCE
“The whole basis of the university is to help free individuals and society as a whole from the constraints of limited knowledge, the constraints of limited concepts, and the constraints of limited vision. That makes Extension education a critical resource in any society that believes in human freedom. Most university presidents and faculty want their university to be ‘world class.’ A loyal alumnus of such a world-class university recently cautioned, however, that a university may be that, as perceived by the academic community, yet not be relevant to its state's goals or citizenry. A comparably strong Extension program will help ensure that relevance.”
- Duane Acker, Iowa State alumnus and Atlantic farmer, who delivered the Seaman A. Knapp Lecture, titled “Knowledge, Wisdom and Freedom: The Role of Extension,” at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges last November. The speech can be found at: http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/awards03/knapplec.htm)

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MARGINALIA
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FARMING BY THE (CENSUS) NUMBERS
Included in the preliminary data for the United States and Iowa in the 2002 Census of Agriculture (see item in Infograzing):
Average age of American agricultural producers in 2002: 55.3 years old
Average age of Iowa’s agricultural producers in 2002: 54.3 years old
Average age of Iowa’s agricultural producers in 1997: 52.3 years old
Number of Iowa farms in 2002: 90,635
Number of Iowa farms in 1997: 96,705
Average size of Iowa farms in 2002: 350 acres
Average size of Iowa farms in 1997: 334 acres
Percentage of women U.S. agricultural operators in 2002: 27.2 percent
Percentage of women Iowa agricultural operators in 2002: 22.1 percent
Iowa farm operators of Spanish, Hispanic or Latino origin in 2002: 335
Iowa farm operators of Spanish, Hispanic or Latino origin in 1997: 202

Next issue: Feb. 16

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AG ONLINE
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