Issue: 329

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE CONVOCATION SET FOR JAN. 12
The College of Agriculture Convocation will begin at 3 p.m. Jan. 12 with refreshments and a program set for 3:30 p.m. The program will recognize College award winners and new faculty members. It will take place in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

WOTEKI ELECTED AAAS FELLOW
Dean Catherine Woteki has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. She and two professors at Iowa State, Carl Chang, professor and chair of computer science; and Nenad Kostic, professor of chemistry, were elected fellows last month. Woteki was cited for her contributions to research and public service on food safety, dietary guidelines and human nutrition. The 308 new fellows will be honored in a ceremony at the society's annual meeting in February. More: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2004/dec/aaas.shtml

MORE THAN $1 MILLION GOES TO SCHOLARSHIPS A YEAR
The College of Agriculture and its departments awarded more than $1 million in scholarships for the 2004-2005 academic year. More than 750 students received scholarships through the college and its 15 departments. In November donors were recognized for their support at a donor recognition event. "Support for students allows our academic departments to recruit and retain the best and the brightest students," said Dean Catherine Woteki. "Helping these young men and women is an investment in our future." More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/scholarships.html

AG STUDY ABROAD TRIP TAKES STUDENTS TO ANTARCTICA
College students often spend their holiday breaks in search of warm weather. But a group of 12 students participating in an Ag Study Abroad program is doing the opposite -- to the extreme. They headed to Antarctica on Christmas Day and are returning Jan. 8. Average temperatures on Antarctica's coast this time of year are just below freezing. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/antarctica.html

NATURAL RESOURCE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OFFICES MOVE
The administrative offices of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management have moved to 339 Science II. The phone number for the main office, 4-1458, stays the same.

LEOPOLD CENTER SEMINAR SET FOR JAN. 17
The Leopold Center is sponsoring a seminar Jan. 17 to examine the role that public policy can play in reintegrating crops and livestock. Stewart Smith, professor of sustainable agriculture policy in the Department of Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine will present “Science, policy and feedback loops: Applying ecological principles to sustainable agriculture policy” at noon in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. The public is invited to a reception following the seminar.

CHANGES DUE FOR IOWA CROP PERFORMANCE TESTS
Several changes are in store this year for the Iowa Crop Performance Tests for corn and soybeans, the statewide program that evaluates the performance of crop varieties. Program changes for 2005 include: redrawing testing districts for both corn and soybeans, with the goal of achieving a better representation of the production areas of the state; better integration of tests with ISU's extension and research programs; and improved presentation of individual location results. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/icia2.html

LIVING MULCH SYSTEMS IN CROP PRODUCTION WORKSHOP JAN. 26
Growing cover crops with row cropping systems is the subject of a workshop set for Jan. 26 at the North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. Ken Moore and Rick Cruse, agronomy, will be among the four presenters. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and ISU Extension are conducting an on-farm demonstration project in Northeast Iowa to educate farmers about using kura clover as living mulch in grain crop production. More: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/special/kura.html

IOWA SEED DIRECTORY PUBLISHED FOR SMALL GRAINS AND SOYBEANS
The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) recently published the Iowa Seed Directory as a resource for finding quality seeds of barley, native prairie species, oat, soybean and triticale. The directory contains seed production information from more than 100 producers and seed conditioners. It also lists fields that were inspected for seed quality and genetic purity during the 2004 season. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/seedoptions.html

PATENTING LIFE: ISU BIOETHICS RETREAT JAN. 7
Iowa State faculty and ISU Extension staff are invited to a Jan. 7 bioethics retreat on "Patenting Life: Implications for Agriculture in Iowa and the World." Daniel Kevles, Yale University history professor, is the keynote speaker. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Scheman Building. Registration is free; register online by today, Jan. 3, or contact Kristen Hessler, 4-7576, khessler@iastate.edu. More: http://www.bioethics.iastate.edu/retreat.html

4-H CONFERENCE WORKSHOP IDEAS DUE WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, Jan. 5, is the deadline to submit workshop topics for the 2004-2005 State 4-H Council. "Get in the Groove" is the theme for the conference to be held June 28-30 on the ISU campus. One of the goals for the conference, is to showcase the university and help in recruitment efforts. Workshop proposals are due to Brenda Allen, bsallen@iastate.edu or 4-1567. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/StateConference2005.htm

ECONOMIST COLLABORATES ON BIOENERGY ISSUE PAPER
Paul Gallagher, economics, contributed to a bioenergy issue paper released by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. “Bioenergy: Pointing to the Future” is a collection of five reports presenting research and the potential of agricultural energy production. Gallagher wrote the section titled, “Economics and Rural Development of Bioenergy.”

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Jan. 4: Foreign travel grant applications due, 138 Curtiss

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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WHAT WORKS ON PAPER DOESN'T WORK ON THE WEB
People don't read Web copy the way they do paper copy, so writers shouldn't write the same way for the two media, according to Maria Veloso, author of “Web Copy That Sells: The Revolutionary Formula for Creating Killer copy Every Time.” To hold reader's attention on the Web, you have to write and format for scanning. Studies show 79 percent of Web users scan; only 16 percent read word-for-word. (Writing That Works, December 2004)

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INFOGRAZING
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EXTENSION PARTICIPATES IN CONFERENCES FOR RURAL WOMEN
ISU Extension is involved in two conferences this month aimed at women in agriculture. On Jan. 14-15 a conference, called Women in Denim, is designed to give women involved in agriculture a chance to gather and network. It will be held on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Details at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/dec04/dec0419.html. Extension also helped organize the Overall Conference for Rural Women, Jan. 21 to 22 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel. The conference was planned by nine women connected to agriculture in southeast Iowa along with extension staff. More at: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/overallwomen/home.html

SPECIALTY CROP BUSINESS PROGRAM SET FOR JAN. 15
A business-planning program designed for farm businesses and people who are interested in raising specialty livestock, poultry, vegetables, herbs, flowers or prairie and native grass seed will be held at Iowa State beginning Jan. 15. "Grow Your Small Market Farm" is sponsored by the Iowa Small Business Development Center, an outreach unit of Iowa State's College of Business. More at: http://www.iowasbdc.org/workshops/dsm.

PRACTICAL FARMERS OF IOWA TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS
The Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference and 20th Anniversary Celebration will be Jan. 14 and 15 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. Saturday there will be dual keynote speakers featuring Stewart Smith, University of Maine agricultural economist; and Woody Tasch, CEO of the Investors’ Circle, a national network of investors and entrepreneurs seeking financial, social and environmental returns. A 20th anniversary program will take place Jan. 14 and an all-Iowa buffet will be served on Jan. 15. More at: http://www.practicalfarmers.org.

IOWA ENERGY CENTER REQUESTS CONFERENCE PROPOSALS
The Iowa Energy Center seeks conference and small demonstration projects proposals throughout the year. Proposals are for funds to develop and present conferences, workshops, exhibits, events and demonstrations that support the center’s mission of energy efficiency and renewable energy. More at: http://www.energy.iastate.edu/funding/gp-conference.html

GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR BIOMASS PROJECTS ANNOUNCED
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy seek proposals for research, development and demonstrations on biobased products, bioenergy, biofuels, biopower and related processes. Pre-applications due Feb. 15. More: http://www.bioproducts-bioenergy.gov/

BIOTECH CORN PROJECTED TO BE HALF OF 2005 CORN PLANTINGS
The 2005 planting season marks the 10th year biotech corn hybrids have been commercially available to American farmers. The National Corn Growers Association projects biotech seed could be planted on half of all corn acres. The adoption rate for biotech corn has climbed steadily since 2000, when 25 percent of corn acres were planted to biotech hybrids. That grew to 45 percent in 2004. Adoption of Roundup Ready soybeans was much more rapid by comparison. USDA's figures show that in 2000, 54 percent of all soybean acres were planted to Roundup Ready beans, growing to 85 percent of soybean acres in 2004. (Successful Farming, http://email.agriculture.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/elNr044bA0TM0GMyB0AA)

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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GOOD IDEAS RISE TO THE TOP
"All the good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow."
--Grant Wood

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MARGINALIA
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AMARANTH PLANT GROWN AT ISU CERTIFIED WORLD'S TALLEST
Guinness World Records declared an amaranth plant grown in 2004 at the North Central Plant Introduction Station, a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility affiliated with Iowa State, the tallest ever. It was 15.1 feet tall, more than 3 feet taller than the former record holder. David Brenner, station plant germplasm curator, hoped publicity of this record would encourage research with amaranths for biomass and forage use. More: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/index.asp?ID=52944

Next issue: Jan. 10

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AG ONLINE
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