Issue: 305

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COLLEGE NEWS
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SEMINAR TO ADDRESS POVERTY MONITORING
“Developing a local-specific approach to poverty monitoring in rural East Indonesia” is the title of a seminar set for Friday, July 9. The speaker will be Hamonangan Ritonga, who works for Indonesia’s statistics agency. He earned a doctorate in consumer economics and management at Iowa State in 1994. The seminar will begin at 2 p.m. in 8 Curtiss Hall. It is sponsored by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and the Office of Global Agriculture Programs.

JULY 14 SEMINAR FEATURES WHAT WORKS FOR HOPS GROWERS
The head of a Washington state hops growers group will share an innovative way that returns value to farmers during a July 14 seminar at Iowa State. Brendan O’Connell, chief operating officer for Yakima Chief Inc., will present “Value Chain Relationships That Sustain Farmers” at 6:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. Hops growers have faced many of the same issues as Iowa’s corn and soybean farmers. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2004/hop_070104.htm

PRE-PROPOSALS SOUGHT BY LEOPOLD CENTER
The Leopold Center requests pre-proposals for its Marketing and Food Systems Initiative. The deadline for pre-proposals is Aug. 24. Contact: Rich Pirog, 4-1854 or rspirog@iastate.edu. More at: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/marketing_files/marketingRFP_070...

CORDRAY PRESENTED MEAT PROCESSING AWARD
Joe Cordray, animal science, was presented the Meat Processing Award last month by the American Meat Science Association. The award was presented during the 57th Reciprocal Meat Conference in Lexington, Ky. Cordray coordinates several annual meat science short courses held at the Meat Laboratory.

NEW PLANT SCIENCES INSTITUTE RESEARCH TARGETS IOWA AG ISSUES
The Plant Sciences Institute will redirect more than $3 million to fast track research that will enhance the value of Iowa crops and target specific challenges facing Iowa agriculture. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/jul/psiinitiatives.shtml

STRONG SUMMER LIVESTOCK PRICES EXPECTED TO CONTINUE
Iowa livestock producers are having a good year when it comes to market prices for hogs and cattle. John Lawrence, economics professor and director of the Iowa Beef Center, expects the good times to continue. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-07-01&f...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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 28: deadline for abstracts for the 13th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference to be held Sept. 16-19, Scheman Building, more at: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433.html
July 30: Allee Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 11 a.m., Newell, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Aug. 6: Abstracts due for an international scientific symposium on alternative swine housing systems, which is set for Sept. 15, http://www.abe.iastate.edu/ABLS/
Aug. 23: Registration deadline for the 13th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference to be held Sept. 16-19, Scheman Building, more at: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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DISSECTING THE URL
The URL is the Uniform Resource Locator or Internet address. An example: http://politics.ap.org/states/mi.html. The “http:” is the protocol or method of transfer, “//” indicates the computer name follows, “politics” indicates the server, “ap.org” indicates the domain, “/states” is the folder, “/mi.html” indicates a file and “.html” is the file type. When the URL does not fit entirely on one line, break it into two or more lines without adding a hyphen or punctuation mark. (Associated Press Style Book, 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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ALUMNI OFFICES MOVING FROM UNION
The Iowa State University Alumni Association (ISUAA) and Student Alumni Leadership Council (ISUSALC)offices will move to the Fisher-Nickell Building in the Richardson Court residence neighborhood on the Iowa State campus this week. The offices are relocating to accommodate a planned renovation in the Memorial Union, but Alumni Association will not return to the union following renovation, in anticipation of potential construction of an alumni center. The proposal for building an alumni center will be presented to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Aug. 3-4. The Alumni Association and Student Alumni Leadership Council will begin doing business from their new location July 12. After that time, constituents may contact the ISUAA and ISUSALC at Fisher-Nickell Building, 214 Richardson Court, Ames, IA 50011-1370. All phone numbers and e-mail addresses will remain the same.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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UNDERNUTRITION DECLINING SLOWLY
"Rates of undernutrition are not declining quickly enough. If we invest more resources in child nutrition interventions, we can potentially save millions of young lives."
--Laura E. Caulfield, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, an author of a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/80/1/193

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MARGINALIA
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COOL WEATHER BEING BLAMED FOR LOW WATERMELON PRICES
Florida watermelon farmers are blaming the cool, wet weather we are experiencing for a glut that has lowered prices. "If they get rainy weather up north and it's not good and hot, people don't buy watermelon," grower Eddie Higginbotham told the Gainesville Sun. About half of the nation's supply of watermelon is grown in Florida, and some growers say prices this year are about half what they typically are because of over production and lagging sales. Higginbotham said he currently is getting about six cents a pound for seedless watermelon, about half the usual price. (Associated Press, July 4)

Next issue: July 12
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AG ONLINE
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