Issue: 310

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COLLEGE NEWS
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UPCOMING FARM SHOWS
Volunteers are needed to staff College of Agriculture and ISU Extension displays at the Farm & Field Fest near Boone, Aug. 26-28, and the Farm Progress Show near Alleman, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. College exhibits include those on soybean rust, low-linolenic soybean oil, student recruitment and College information. The Iowa State American Society of Agricultural Engineers quarter-scale tractor team will hold tractor-pulling demonstrations at the Farm & Field Fest. The hours of the Farm & Field Fest are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first two days and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the last day. The Fest will be located half a mile north of the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 17. The Farm Progress Show’s hours will be 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, located a mile east of the Alleman corner on U.S. Highway 69, six miles north of Ankeny. For more information or to volunteer: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/shows/

GRADUATE STUDENT TAKES ON AFGHANISTAN ASSIGNMENT
Graduate student Randy Frescoln left last week for a six-month assignment in Afghanistan to serve as a USDA senior agricultural technical adviser on a military reconstruction team. Frescoln will work to help the country increase agricultural growth and rural incomes as one of 10 USDA employees involved in the mission, according to an article in the Fairfield Ledger. Frescoln graduated from Iowa State in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in farm operations and is working on his master's degree in agriculture. The Norwalk resident has more than 20 years of federal service, including previous development work in Honduras, Ukraine, Russia and Ethiopia.

ALUMNA TO HEAD POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD
College alumna Pat Boddy last week was named the executive director of the Polk County Conservation Board. Boddy, a local media consultant and owner of Boddy Media Group, has long been involved in environmental issues. She is a licensed engineer who earned two degrees at ISU: a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering in 1980 and a master's degree in water resources in 1990. Boddy will oversee 40 full-time employees and six park and wildlife areas that cover more than 10,000 acres. Boddy will begin her new job Aug. 16.

WETLAND RESEARCH FIELD DAY AUG. 24
The On-Farm Conservation and Water Quality Field Day will be held Aug. 24 at the Iowa State Swine Nutrition Farm near Ames. Field demonstrations will begin at 9 a.m. Several speakers will present information on the Conservation Reserve Program farmable wetlands, wildlife management, drainage, nitrate reduction, tillage research, vegetative filters and water quality monitoring. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/kelley2.html

IPTV TO RERUN KIRSCHENMANN INTERVIEW
Iowa Public Television is rebroadcasting an interview Des Moines Register reporter David Yepsen conducted with Fred Kirschenmann, director of the Leopold Center, as part of its Imagine Iowa series. The entire series will air from 3 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 15 Kirschenmann’s interview also will air at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. The series was broadcast earlier this summer focusing on how to improve the state’s future. Others interview subjects includes Dianne Munns, head of the Iowa Utilities Board; Michael Gartner, head of the Vision Iowa board; and entrepreneur John Pappajohn.

DAIRY SCIENCE STUDENT WINS NATIONAL COMPETITION
Daniel Bolin, senior in dairy science, recently won the National Dairy Jeopardy Contest at the National Holstein Convention in Omaha, Neb. The all-day competition consisted of questions about dairy cattle, dairy products and the dairy industry. Daniel beat 32 other participants to receive the contest. More at: http://www.holsteinusa.com/html/convention.html.

STUDENT A WINNER AT PLANT PATHOLOGY ART SHOW
Adriana Murillo-Williams, who is pursuing her doctorate in agronomy at ISU, won one of four $100 awards at an art exhibition at the 2004 American Phytopathological Society annual meeting last week in Anaheim. She earned the best creativity award for “Ghosts” which she created by scanning electron microscopy images from her research. Paul Esker, a doctoral student in plant pathology and statistics at ISU, organized the event.

ABE STUDENTS DO WELL AT PROFESSIONAL MEETING
Several students in the agricultural & biosystems engineering department were honored at the 2004 Annual International Conference of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers in Ottawa, Canada. Undergraduates Jeremy Hanson and Kyle Baumgartner finished first and second in the national K.K. Barnes Student Paper competition. The student team of Tim Shepherd, A.J. Benjamin, Brian Fager, Nick McGrew, John Richardson, Barrett Reed, Matt Anderson and Josh Breuer received the Best Application of Electronics Award in the Gunlogson Student Design Competition's Fountain Wars, a hands-on, real-time design competition. The ASAE Student Branch was judged to be third in the country and the Agricultural Systems Technology Club was ranked second. Tim Shepherd was elected vice president for the National Preprofessionals Council that represents undergraduate students in the profession.

NORTHWEST RESEARCH FARM ANNIVERSARY CONTINUES AUG. 24
The 50th anniversary of the Northwest Iowa Experimental Association will continue Aug. 24 with a field day at the Northwest Research Farm beginning at 9 a.m. A lunch and celebration start at noon. The first part of the anniversary was held June 30 at the association farm near Sutherland with about 500 people attending. The association owns two farms in northwest Iowa and leases them to the College of Agriculture to conduct research and extension.

PUBLIC GETS FIRST LOOK AT AQUACULTURE FACILITY
The new Aquatic Research Facility at the Horticulture Station near Gilbert was introduced at a field day on July 23. Joe Morris, Richard Clayton and Len Kring, NREM department, led the program, which was attended by 35 people. The facility features six, 0.2-acre ponds for research fish, a well, wetland and staging area. The ponds are stocked with catfish. Bass and walleyes are planned for future experiments. Research focuses on aquaculture (fish farming), aquatic ecology, fish management and water quality.

NEW WEB SITE OFFERS DETAILED INFORMATION ON IOWA LAKES
An Iowa State team has launched a new Web site that gives water quality measures and recreational information for Iowa lakes. It is part of the Iowa Lakes Valuation Project, which is gathering information about lake usage, water quality and perceptions. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:”
http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-08-05&f...

ISU PROFESSOR IS PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL FARM SAFETY INSTITUTE
Chuck Schwab, associate professor in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department and extension safety specialist, is the 44th president of the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS). He was named the organization's head at the annual NIFS business meeting. Schwab has held a combined research and extension position at ISU since 1990. He is the second Iowa State extension safety specialist to be elected president. Norval Wardle was the first president of NIFS and the first extension safety specialist at Iowa State.

NEW LEOPOLD CENTER REPORT RECAPS 22 PROJECTS
The 2004 Center Progress Report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture features summaries of 22 projects completed in 2002 and 2003. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2004/cpr_080504.htm

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Aug. 10: Demonstration Home Garden Field Day, Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm, 6:30 p.m., near Doon
Aug. 14: Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture presentation, 4 p.m., Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines
Aug. 23: Registration deadline for the 13th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference 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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AN ITEM ON A TOPIC CONCERNING ‘A’ AND ‘AN’
Use the indefinite article "a" before any word beginning with a consonant sound, such as “a utopian dream.” Use "an" before any word beginning with a vowel sound, as in “an officer” or “an honorary degree.” The word “historical” and its variations may cause missteps, but since the "h" in this word is pronounced, it takes an "a,” as in “an hourlong talk at a historical society.” Likewise, an initialism (whose letters are sounded out individually) may be paired with one article, while an acronym (which is pronounced as a word) beginning with the same letter is paired with the other, such as “an HTML document describing a HUD program.” (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, 2003)

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INFOGRAZING
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GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT RECRUITMENT, RETENTION IDEAS
Professional & Scientific employees who are involved in programs that promote student retention and recruitment may be eligible for funding from the P&S Council. The funds available for the upcoming year total $30,000. Grants from the fund will be awarded to programs that foster and promote student retention and recruitment. The grant application deadline is noon Sept. 1. Funded proposals will be announced Sept. 15. More at: http://www.pscouncil.iastate.edu/RandR.html

SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INFORMATION ON THE WEB
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management office publishes a newsletter every other month and offers other resources pertaining to disaster and terrorism information in the state. More at: http://www.iowahomelandsecurity.org

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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FARMLAND VIBRANT WITH COLOR AND GREAT POSSIBILITY
"Last year, my two biggest crops were grasshoppers and thistles. Today, that very same land is vibrant with color and with great possibility."
--Ken Ritter, Saskatchewan farmer and Canadian Wheat Board chairman, looking forward to a bumper crop after three years of drought (Reuters, Aug. 5)

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MARGINALIA
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HIGH-CARB DIET BEGAN EARLIER THAN THOUGHT
Cereal grains were used by prehistoric people earlier than previously thought, according to research reported last week in the journal Nature. People were processing the wild relatives of wheat and barley 10,000 years before they raised them as crops indicates evidence from the northern Israel. When the water level in the Sea of Galilee dropped in 1989, archaeologists excavated Ohalo II, an ancient human settlement that yielded starch grains of grass seeds, mostly from wild barley and possibly also from wheat. This evidence pushes back the date for the processing of close wild relatives of domesticated wheat and barley, a key step in cultural development, to 23,000 years before the present era. (Nature, Aug. 5)

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AG ONLINE
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