Issue: 301

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE FACULTY TO LEAD P.O.R.K. ACADEMY SESSIONS
Several College of Agriculture faculty members will lead sessions Wednesday, June 9, at the P.O.R.K. (Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge) Academy, a daylong program that precedes the World Pork Expo in Des Moines. Presenters include Palmer Holden, animal science, on The Pig in America; James McKean, animal science, on Feed Additives in Swine Rations; Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering, on Sow Housing Options for Gestation; Ken Stalder, animal science, on Risk Factors Associated with Female Culling/Removal; and Wendy Powers, animal science, on Nutrient and Energy Recovery. Robert Burns of the University of Tennessee, who will join the agricultural and biosystems engineering department in August, will present with Powers. And Tom Baas, animal science, will serve as master of ceremonies for one P.O.R.K. Academy session. The World Pork Expo is scheduled from Thursday, June 10, to Saturday, June 12, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

RICHARD CARTER’S RETIREMENT RECEPTION SET FOR JUNE 11
A retirement reception for Richard Carter, director of the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer and professor of agricultural education and studies, will be Friday, June 11. The reception will be 2 to 4 p.m. in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union, with a program set for 3 p.m. Carter has been an Iowa State faculty member for 33 years, including five years as department chair. He also led the development of the Brenton Center.

UNIVERSITY HOSTS FFA CAREER EVENTS
Nearly 300 high school students from across Iowa traveled to Iowa State on June 3 to participate in FFA Career Development Events (CDE). Events included contests in agriculture communications, agriculture mechanics, agronomy and food science. “Having the opportunity to host these FFA activities at ISU is a great recruitment tool by getting these kids on campus and familiar with Iowa State” said Michael Retallick, adviser in the agricultural education and studies department and university coordinator of the agriculture communications CDE. More information: http://www.agiowa.org/

FAREWELL OPEN HOUSE FOR FIVE ABE RETIREES
Five members of the agricultural and biosystems engineering faculty are retiring at the end of June. The five have served a combined 127 years at Iowa State University. They are Stu Melvin, 34 years; Dwaine Bundy, 31 years: Jim Baker, 31 years; Jeff Lorimor, 22 years; and Graeme Quick, nine years. A farewell open house will be held Friday, June 25 at Reiman Gardens from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A barbecue buffet will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will not be a program. RSVP by June 14 to Sue Ziegenbusch, sziegenb@iastate.edu, 4-1434.

NORTHWEST FARM TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY JUNE 30
The 50th anniversary celebration of the ISU Northwest Research and Demonstration Farms will take place June 30 at the Sutherland location. An open house and a field day will be held at the farm. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the field day, followed by a free lunch. The field day will include research plot tours, 1954 research work and demonstrations of 50-year-old machinery. Speakers for the field day include: Elwynn Taylor, agronomy, discussing current weather patterns; Walter Fehr, agronomy, reviewing soybean breeding at Iowa State; Antonio Mallarino, agronomy, summarizing findings of phosphorus and potash placement research; and extension specialists Paul Kassel and Joel DeJong, discussing agronomic issues. During lunch, there will be a panel discussion by leaders and researchers from earlier years. Another celebration of the farms’ has been scheduled for the Doon location on Aug. 25. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/fielddays.html

NOVEMBER CONFERENCE TO LOOK AT ANIMAL AGRICULTURE
Animals in the Food System is a conference designed to enhance analysis and understanding of animal utilization in sustainable food systems. It is scheduled for Nov. 3 to 4 at the Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, Mich. Tours are planned for Nov. 5. The conference will explore the financial realities, ethical responsibilities, ecosystem service possibilities, health implications, scale factors and policy needs for producing, processing, marketing, distributing and consuming animal food products. Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center director, and Lorna Michael Butler, Henry Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, are serving on the conference planning committee.

OFFICIALS EXPLORE NEW USES FOR PASTURES
Officials are exploring new uses for land that's served as pastures for horses used in ISU classes. The horses will move to greener pastures. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/jun/pasture.shtml

FUTURE USE OF DAIRY TEACHING FARM STUDIED
The "decommissioning" of the former site of the Dairy Teaching Farm is under way. Officials plan to retain the farm's 170 acres for future university activities. Details:
http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/jun/dairyfarm.shtml

ISU EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON THE FLOODS OF 2004
People who lived in Iowa in 1993 have been drawing comparisons between then and now because of recent heavy rains and extensive flooding. But an Iowa State expert in agricultural meteorology doesn’t think 2004 will be another 1993. Details in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-06-03&f...

NUTRITION LECTURE SERIES RECEPTION JUNE 30
There will be a public wine and cheese reception to honor the five speakers of the Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, which is set for June 28 to July 2. The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. June 30 in the LeBaron Hall lounge and courtyard. Contact Don Beitz, dcbeitz@iastate.edu or 4-5626. More information: http://www.cdfin.iastate.edu

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 17: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., Crawfordsville, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
June 23: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., Kanawha, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
June 24: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1:30 p.m., Nashua, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
June 25: Tree Steward Conference, all day, campus, more: http://www.forestry.iastate.edu/one_steward/steward_one.htm
June 28: Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, 10 a.m. to noon, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu
June 29: Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, 10 a.m. to noon, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu
June 30: Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, 10 a.m. to noon, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu
June 30: Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9 a.m., Sutherland, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 2: Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, 10 a.m. to noon, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu
July 12: Horticulture Station fruit and vegetable field day, TBA, Gilbert, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 13: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, Veenker Memorial Golf Course, details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/may04/may0406.html
July 20: Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 5 p.m., Fruitland, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 22: Horticulture Station turfgrass field day, 9 a.m., Gilbert, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 23: Horticulture Station aquaculture field day, 6 p.m., Gilbert, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 30: Allee Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 11 a.m., Newell, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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DON'T CONFUSE YOUR PRINCIPLES WITH THE PRINCIPAL
Principal is a noun and adjective meaning someone or something first in rank, authority, importance or degree: She is the school principal. He was the principal player in the trade. Money is the principal problem. Principle is a noun that means a fundamental truth, law, doctrine or motivating force: They fought for the principle of self-determination. (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002)

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INTERNAL VOICES
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GRADUATING WITHOUT REGRETS
"ISU's been a fun, great time," he said. "I've had fun while I can, and when I get home, I'll have nothing to regret."
--Dustin Bollig, agricultural studied major, who plans to return to the family farm after graduating from this summer (Des Moines Register, June 7, http://www.dmregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?SearchID=73173950361382...)

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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OLD IDEAS HARD TO ESCAPE
"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds."
--John Maynard Keynes, British economist (1883-1946)

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MARGINALIA
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TRAVELING PIG BROUGHT IN TO ATTRACT FAIRGOERS
Harley, a 1,020-pound pig, was the star attraction at the San Fernando Valley Fair, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. For four months of the year, Harley travels the West Coast in a mobile pigpen with a high-powered fan blowing on his reddish skin. He spends the rest of his time in Florida. Fair organizers hoped the “obese oinker” would boost attendance at the four-day event, which began Thursday, June 3, and was expected to attract 60,000. (Los Angeles Times, June 4)

Next issue: June 14

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AG ONLINE
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