Issue: 298

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ISU ALUMNI DAYS BEGINS THURSDAY
A reception for College of Agriculture alumni attending ISU Alumni Days will be held Friday, May 21. The reunion of the classes of 1954, 1949, 1944, 1939, 1934 and 1929 will begin Thursday, May 20. Department chairs are invited to speak to the alumni from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Agronomy Courtyard. Ken Larson (BS Ag Ed, '54), emeritus professor of agronomy, is chair of the Class of 1954 planning committee. Other alumni involved in the committee are: Roger Mitchell (BS Agronomy, '54), Beverly (McKee) Newell (BS Animal Science, '54) and Gib Stanek (BS Agronomy, '54).

SUMMER LECTURESHIP ON GLOBAL FOOD NEEDS
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend “Meeting Future Global Food Needs,” a summer lectureship in food science and human nutrition beginning next month. Speakers include Helen Jensen, economics; Norman Borlaug, Nobel laureate and Iowa native; Kristen Hessler, ISU Biotechnology Office; Hank Fitzhugh, founding director, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya; and Chris Dowswell, Sasakawa Africa Association. The class is open to undergraduate and graduate students for one hour of credit. Class times are 10 a.m. to noon, June 28 to July 2 in 1352 Gilman. The tentative schedule is for Fitzhugh to speak July 28, Borlaug on June 29, Dowswell on June 30 and Jensen and Hessler on July 2. For more information: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu. The class is sponsored by the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition and the ISU Nutritional Sciences Council.

IOWA STATE RESEARCH FARM FIELD DAYS BEGIN IN JUNE
On June 17, the summer season of ISU farm field days begins at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville. A highlight of this year’s field days will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Northwest Farms. The farms’ Sutherland location will start the celebration on June 30 and the Doon location will follow on Aug. 25. The Horticulture Station near Gilbert will be the site of three specialty field days featuring fruit and vegetables, turfgrass and aquaculture. Also planned are Demonstration Home Garden field days at 10 farms beginning in July. The gardens will feature varieties of sweet corn, beets, cucumbers and potatoes as well as plants for attracting birds. The schedule of field days can be found at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html

LAUREN CHRISTIAN PORK CHOP OPEN PLANNED
The Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be held July 13 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. This annual event benefits the Lauren L. Christian Endowment, which provides financial support for ISU undergraduate and graduate students and for ISU swine and pork educational opportunities. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/may04/may0406.html

ASAS TO HONOR TWO ISU ANIMAL SCIENTISTS
The American Society of Animal Science will present awards to two Iowa State animal scientists at its annual professional meetings in St. Louis in July. Rich Robson has been named a Fellow of the society and Lloyd Anderson has been named the recipient of the Animal Growth and Development Award.

HARRIS TO RECEIVE ISU ALUMNI’S WALLACE AWARD
Hank Harris, animal science, has been selected as the 2004 recipient of the Henry A. Wallace Award for significant contributions to agriculture. The award will be presented at the ISU Alumni Association annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on Oct. 8.

BEGHIN PRESENTS TO NRC PANEL ON UPPER MISSISSIPPI
John Beghin, economics, participated on a National Research Council panel May 13 in Red Wing, Minn. The panel was reviewing the Corps of Engineers' Restructured Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Navigation System Feasibility Study. Beghin’s presentation focused on forecasting U.S. grain exports.

TWO NEW ISU FACULTY POISED TO HELP IOWA FARMERS
One is from Illinois. One is from Zimbabwe. One studies insects, the other studies plant diseases. Both are new to the College of Agriculture and both will play key roles helping Iowa corn and soybean producers fight insects and diseases. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-05-13&f...

PENN STATE WINS NASA CENTER PRODUCT COMPETITION
A team from Penn State University took home top honors in a product development contest for a vegetable spread for astronauts. The annual competition is sponsored by the ISU’s NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/nasa.html

DEAN WOTEKI LEADS VEISHEA TASK FORCE
A 31-member task force, chaired by Dean Woteki, will address issues arising from this year’s Veishea disturbances. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2004/may/veisheatask.shtml

ISU PART OF EFFORT TO ADDRESS SOYBEAN RUST CONCERNS
An Iowa team is developing an action plan to prepare for a new soybean disease. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/rust.html

WAGENINGEN SCIENTIST TO PRESENT STANIFORTH LECTURE
Martin Kropff, director general of the Plant Science Group and professor of crop ecology and weed science at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, will deliver the 2004 Staniforth Lecture at 4:10 p.m., June 4, in 118 Horticulture Hall. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/staniforth.html

IPIC SPREADSHEETS SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD
A new version of the Sow Longevity Calculator -- updated by Ken Stalder, ISU Extension swine specialist, and Curt Lacy, extension economist, University of Georga, has been distributed to swine producers and consultants around the world. More than 200 copies have been sent to users in more than 25 countries. The users have indicated they have direct control or influence over a total in excess of 20 million sows, said Stalder. The pair of spreadsheets help producers use information from their own herds to better manage their sows and was released in March. It is offered through the Iowa Pork Industry Center: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ipic/subjects.html#management

UPDATED PORK NICHE MARKET PUBLICATION AVAILABLE
An ISU publication on pork niche market groups in Iowa has been updated to reflect market, industry and organizational changes. The publication offers a comparison of five existing niche market groups in Iowa. The publication can be downloaded from the Iowa Pork Industry Center Web site: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ipic/information/IowaPorkNiche.pdf.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 4-6: Sixth Annual Pet Pig Symposium, Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine, http://www.vetmed.iastate.edu/departments/vdpam/swine/petpigs/symposium2...
June 25: Tree Steward Conference, all day, campus, more: http://www.forestry.iastate.edu/one_steward/steward_one.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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TIPS FOR ARCHIVING DIGITAL DATA ON CD
Storing digital photos and data on compact disks or CDs offers a new set of opportunities and problems. According to archivists, the Gold CD-R will not oxidize and will retain data for up to 300 years. Other CDs have a life expectancy from 5 to 80 years and will eventually oxidize. Archivists advise against using CD labels because they contain acidic adhesives that will eventually destroy digital information. Ink-jet printer inks used for printing CD labels and regular markers should not be used. To label CDs, use acid-free CD markers made for that purpose and only mark the hub (the clear center portion). Store CDs in thick jewel cases. The slim jewel cases or paper envelopes rub against the CD surface and will destroy data.

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INFOGRAZING
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EXTENSION COMBINES WITH MAGAZINE TO OFFER GARDENING TIPS
ISU Extension and Iowa Gardening Magazine are producing weekly televised “Gardening in the Zone” segments that appear during the 5 p.m. Friday newscasts on KCCI-TV Channel 8, as well as on stations in Cedar Rapids and Omaha/Council Bluffs. The episodes also are available on the Web: http://129.186.89.193/gardening/

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INTERNAL VOICES
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AGRICULTURE’S ROLE IN AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE
“With the encouragement of this committee’s [U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee] hard work over many years, and particularly the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000, and the landmark Energy Title of the Farm Security and Reinvestment Act of 2002, the promise of biomass energy is beginning to be realized. Evidence of these first steps toward a bio-based economy includes rapidly increasing numbers of ethanol and biodiesel plants converting corn and soybeans to transportation fuels, anaerobic digesters producing electricity from manure, and the development of a host of innovative technologies to produce biomass energy and complementary products from lignocellulosic feedstocks. This evidence underscores the fact that biomass energy is a real alternative, and that agriculture can play a significant role in America’s energy future.” Tom Richard, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, in his presentation on Capitol Hill on May 6.

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MARGINALIA
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MORE CAREER PLANS OF SPRING GRADUATES
Here are a few more selected career, educational and other plans reported by College of Agriculture graduating seniors at the May 8 college convocation:
- Ag loan officer, First State Bank in Lybbvukke
- Agronomy sales, Top of Iowa Coop
- Moving to Chicago to pursue a career in music
- Seed production trainee, Monsanto, Constantine, Mich.
- Farming with father and grandfather near Davenport
- Financial officer, Farm Credit Services, Sheldon
- Graduate school to study equine behavior
- Applying to veterinary school
- Attending ISU College of Veterinary Medicine
- Graduate school to obtain a license in equine chiropractics and acupuncture
- Working in the animal nutrition department at Cargill in Sioux City
- Attending nursing school at the University of Arkansas
- Working at Cargill Meat Solutions in Kansas
- Employed at the National Animal Disease Center
- Graduate school in swine reproduction physiology at University of California-Davis
- Seeking certification as a therapeutic riding instructor for disabled children and starting a riding center
- Working at the Biological Quality Control Department at Fort Dodge Animal Health
- Staff member at Wildlife Care Clinic and attending ISU College of Veterinary Medicine this fall
- Quality control engineer, Hormel Foods, Rochelle, Ill.
- Herdsman for a 350-cow dairy in California
- Working at the Iowa Beef Center
- Swine nutrition consultant, Cargill, West Branch
- Assistant superintendent, Knollwood Golf Club, Lake Forest, Ill.
- Working at Timber Pine Nursery, Earlham
- Interning at Bob Lenc Landscaping, Des Moines
- Graduate school in horticulture at the University of Missouri
- Working at Seed Savers Heritage Farm, Decorah
- Going to work for conifer and ornamental tree nursery in Oregon
- Apprentice at Manchester Country Club, Manchester, N.H.
- Position at Oakland Hills Country Club
- Assistant golf course superintendent, Greensboro, N.C.
- Starting a floral business
- Working at Echo Valley Country Club, Des Moines
- Grounds crew at the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, Denver
- Assistant grounds keeper at Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen, Md.
- Advertising and marketing manager, Barn Nursery and Landscape Center, Cary, Ill.
- Working for ISU Agronomy Extension this summer
- Managing fertilizer pant at Cooperative Elevator Association, Hartley

Next issue: May 24

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AG ONLINE
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