Issue: 348

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COLLEGE NEWS
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TWENTY IN COLLEGE TENURED OR PROMOTED
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved promotions or tenure for 71 ISU faculty members during the board meeting May 5. In the College of Agriculture, 10 tenured faculty members were promoted to professor and 10 were granted to associate professorship with tenure. The promotions go into effect July 1. Tenured faculty account for 57.3 percent of Iowa State faculty. The names are listed at: http://www.provost.iastate.edu/faculty/pt/PT-2005.html

AGRICULTURAL POLICY SUMMIT AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY JULY 6-8
The agenda is being finalized for an agricultural policy summit July 6-8 at Iowa State. The conference is titled "New Directions in Federal Farm Policy: Issues for the 2007 Farm Bill." Current federal farm program legislation, adopted in 2002, will expire in 2007. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/aps.html

ON-FARM RESEARCH PILOT PROGRAM UNDERWAY
Iowa State has created an on-farm research program in Sioux, Lyon and Osceola counties. The Research and Demonstration Farms are partnering with ISU Extension and the Northwest Iowa Experimental Association, owner of the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farms at Sutherland and Doon, in this pilot program. Joel DeJong, ISU Extension crops field specialist in Northwest Iowa, will line up farmers and other cooperators to do on-farm research. Alumnus Josh Sievers, an agricultural specialist, has been hired to work with the on-farm research project and help with the operation of the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farms. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/onfarm.html

LAUREN CHRISTIAN PORK CHOP OPEN JULY 12
The Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be July 12 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. This annual event benefits the Lauren Christian Endowment. The open raises more than $9,000 annually for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships and professional development. Contact: John Mabry, jmabry@iastate.edu. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/may/151101.htm

STUDY SHOWS POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FARMERS’ MARKETS
Farmers’ markets not only are a great place to get fresh produce, flowers and baked goods, they also may generate an estimated $20.8 million in sales and more than 325 jobs for the Iowa economy. These figures are from an economic analysis prepared for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Iowa State economist Daniel Otto and student Theresa Varner used information collected during the 2004 market season for the analysis. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2005/markets_051005.htm

IOWA’S BEEF PRODUCERS SURVEYED
Iowa’s beef producers are looking forward to the future, but know there are challenges, according to a recent survey conducted by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The survey information will be used to better target research, education and policy efforts. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/may/071301.htm

MUFFINS AREN'T JUST FOR BREAKFAST — THEY'RE SPACE FOOD!
A muffin developed by a team of graduate students at Oklahoma State University took first place in the 2005 NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center Product Development Competition at Iowa State University. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/muffins.html

BEEF CENTER CELEBRATES MAY BEEF MONTH
The Iowa Beef Center has compiled news and resources for May Beef Month. Radio sound bites, news releases and the animal science department’s Animal Industry Research Report are available. Included is a news release on research at the Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm to compare beef cattle performance in hoops to conventional open feedlots. More: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/content/maybeefmonth05releases.htm

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
May 16: Tailoring Lignocellulosic Feedstocks for Bioenergy and Biobased Products Conference, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/ccur/lignocellulose/home.htm
May 18: 78th Annual Conference on Soil Management and Land Valuation, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2005/apr05/apr0516.html
May 19: "Agriculture of Northern Italy: Cropping Systems and Collaboration," Paolo Sambo, professor of vegetable crop production at University of Padova, Italy, 10:30 a.m., 8 Curtiss Hall
June 23: Research and Demonstration Farm Field Days begin, Southeast farm, 1:30 p.m., http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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DIGITAL CAMERA CHECKLIST HELPS SHOPPERS
If you’re looking to upgrade your digital camera, you’ll soon find dozens of models with an almost endless array of features. You might want to check MacWorld.com’s shopping guide to determine what is the best fit for you. Its checklist helps sort out the types of camera, megapixels, batteries, lenses and many other features. You can download the list to stay focused when shopping around. And most of the information can be applied to PC users. More: http://www.macworld.com/2004/11/features/camerashoppingguide/index.php

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INFOGRAZING
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ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER CONFERENCE ON DIVERSITY IN AUGUST
The National Summit on Diversity in the Environmental Field is scheduled for the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment from Aug. 28-30. It is intended to bring together about 250 people from environmental nonprofits, government environmental agencies, students, foundations and corporations to discuss diversity and to think of how to proceed in the future. More: http://www.sitemaker.umich.edu/meldi.

TEAMS NEED NEW AND ESTABLISHED MEMBERS
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a "universal recipe" for building "dream teams," according to the NewScientist.com. "All the best teams seem to have certain number of newcomers," said researcher Luis Nunes Amaral. "The successful teams also have a fair number of people who are established." The idea is that newcomers bring with them a fresh perspective that is tempered by surrounding the new members with established colleagues who know the ropes. After studying the production teams responsible for Broadway musicals between 1877 and 1990, and scientific research teams between 1955 and 2004, the scientists found that
they could predict success by looking at just two parameters – whether there was a newcomer in the mix and whether some team members had collaborated previously. (NewScientist, April 28, http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7322)

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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AGRITOURISM NO LONGER A NOVELTY
"It's no longer seen as a novelty. We're now looking at the farm as something that has assets beyond just what it grows."
--Desmond Jolly, director of the University of California Small Farm Center in Davis, about agritourism (Fertile Fields for Tourism, Los Angeles Times, May 12)

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MARGINALIA
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TIME USE SURVEY FINDS LESS READING, MORE TV WATCHING
Americans' top three activities are, in this order, sleeping, working and watching TV, according to an American Time Use Survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. AdAge.com reported that the results aren't too surprising, but they do provide solid evidence for common assumptions. The survey found that women spend more time on housework (an hour a day vs. 15 minutes for men) and adults without children have more leisure time (5.6 hours) than those with children (4.2 hours a day). Time spent reading appears to be diminishing, with older people (age 75+) reading about 72 minutes a day while teens spend just seven minutes a day with written material (not counting homework or time on the Internet). Young adults and the middle-aged didn't do much better: those age 20-34 read 10 minutes a day and 45- to 54-year-olds read 19 minutes. There was plenty of time for TV: college-educated workers spend about 1.4 hours a day in front of the tube, while unemployed high school graduates watch four hours a day. And telecommuting is taking off: nearly one in five consumers works at home at least some of the time, and higher educated workers are more likely to find themselves telecommuting, with about a third of college graduates doing their jobs at home. (AdAge May 2, http://www.adage.com/news.cms?newsId=44895)

Next issue: May 23

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AG ONLINE
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