Issue: 351

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COLLEGE NEWS
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MISRA NAMED TO HEAD FOOD SAFETY INSTITUTE
Manjit Misra, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Seed Science Center, was appointed director of the Institute for Food Safety and Security (IFSS) effective May 5. He will remain head of the Seed Science Center and the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products. Misra joined Iowa State in 1979 as a faculty member and became professor-in-charge (and later director) of the Seed Science Center in 1991 and BIGMAP director in 2002. He took over for Jim Dickson, who served as the IFSS interim chair.

SEVERAL ISU SWINE EXPERTS IN MAGAZINE’S WHO’S WHO
Several current and former College faculty and staff are among 50 people named to a list of Who’s Who in the pork industry compiled by National Hog Farmer magazine. The magazine commemmorated its 50th anniversary with a special edition published May 15. Lauren Christian, the late animal science professor, and Lanoy Hazel, late animal science professor and department chair, were named in the genetics category. Christian’s brother, Allen, swine teaching farm coordinator, also was listed in the “other” category. Hank Harris, animal science, was named in the health category, as was Richard Ross, former College dean. Emmett Stevermer and Mack Whitaker, former swine extension specialists, made the list in the extension category. College alumni on the Who’s Who list, besides those mentioned, include: Virgil Hays (animal science, PhD, 1957), former ISU swine nutrition faculty member; the late Bernard Ebbing (ag education, BS, 1943), former Rath Packing Co. employee; and Mike Brumm (ag education, BS, 1971), University of Nebraska Extension swine specialist who is involved with an exchange with the ISU animal science department. Current faculty and staff Maynard Hogberg, Max Rothschild, Hank Harris, Tom Baas, Al Christian and Anna Johnson in animal science and John Lawrence in economics contributed to the magazine’s look into the future. More: http://nationalhogfarmer.com/mag/farming_whos/

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS TALK ABOUT COLLEGE PLANS
Kelly Norris, an incoming freshman in horticulture, and Troy Bergfeld, an incoming transfer student in animal science, were scheduled to be interviewed today during WHO radio’s noon show. They are the recipients of the Machine Shed Lee Kline and Machine Shed Keith Kirkpatrick scholarships, respectively.

CIAG GENOMICS RESEARCH GRANTS AWARDED
Three innovative research projects have been awarded grants by the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics. The grants were awarded to ISU faculty through a competitive program that provides seed money for animal, microbial and comparative genomics research. Learn more:
http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/ciagrants.html

ISU SEEKS PERMIT TO CONDUCT BIOPHARMACEUTICAL CROP RESEARCH
Iowa State has applied to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for a permit to plant a biopharmaceutical corn field trial. The proposed research is part of Iowa State's work to evaluate the safe use of plants for the production of proteins for pharmaceuticals and industrial products. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2005/jun/permit.shtml

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 23: Research and Demonstration Farm Field Days begin, Southeast farm, 1:30 p.m., more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 6-8: Agricultural policy summit, "New Directions in Federal Farm Policy: Issues for the 2007 Farm Bill," more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/aps.html
July 12: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Ames, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/may/151101.htm
July 13-15: International Symposium on Genetics of Animal Health, Scheman Center, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/events/gah/GAH2005.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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AG ONLINE SURVEY RESPONDENTS LIKE STATUS QUO
Ag Online will continue to be sent by e-mail without pictures, after tallying responses to a survey about the newsletter. The survey asked about whether a short e-mail with a link to the newsletter on the Web would be preferable, but 88 percent of readers who responded to the survey either said no or had no opinion. For 94 percent of the respondents, e-mail was still the preferred way to receive Ag Online. More than half (53 percent) didn’t want pictures in the e-mail newsletter and 10 percent had no opinion. Most, nearly 76 percent, thought that the weekly distribution was the right frequency.

IS IT FARTHER OR FURTHER?
The traditional distinction is to use farther for a physical distance, as in "We drove farther north to see the autumn foliage;" and further for figurative distance, "Let's examine this further," or "Look no further." (The Chicago Manual of Style, 2003, 15th edition)

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INFOGRAZING
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AG SECRETARY AT ROUNDTABLE THURSDAY IN MINNESOTA
Mike Johanns, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will lead a roundtable discussion Thursday, June 9, in St. Paul regarding the safety of beef and the changing infrastructure of the U.S. beef industry since the discovery of a cow with BSE. The roundtable discussion, titled "The Safety of North American Beef and the Economic Effects of BSE on the U.S. Beef Industry," will bring together USDA officials, producers, packers and others to discuss the science of BSE, the safety of North American cattle and beef and the economic impacts of the detection of BSE on the U.S. cattle and beef industry. The event is open to the public, who are invited to participate in an open comment period. The event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Classroom Office Building, Room B45, University of Minnesota Campus, St. Paul.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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SUMMER’S PROMISE
“Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.”
- Hal Borland (1900-1978) outdoor writer

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MARGINALIA
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SHEDDING LIGHT ON PRODUCE TASTE AND QUALITY
Lasers are being tested as a substitute for probes in measuring the quality of fruit or vegetable flavor, according to the USDA Agricultural Research Service. The detector focuses four laser beams, each a different light wavelength, into one sharp beam that shines into individual fruits. Laser light photons momentarily scatter all the way to the fruit's core and back. The amount of light bounced back after interacting with tissue reflects firmness. Scattered light also indicates the amount of light absorbed by the fruit, and that absorption is affected by sugar levels in the fruit, meaning the technology can be used to predict flavors, such as sweetness in apples. Machine vision prototypes have been developed that "taste" every single piece of produce from right after harvest to when it passes by on the packing line. The tester should work with any produce that is at least as large as an apple or peach. More: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/may05/apple0505.htm

Next issue: June 13

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AG ONLINE
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