NAADA FORUM EXAMINES LAND-GRANT FUTURE
"The Role of Agriculture in the 21st Century Land-Grant Institution" was the title of a forum Sunday, June 12, that kicked off the 30th annual conference of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) in Des Moines. The NAADA conference, which has brought 175 members from around the country to Iowa, was organized by the College of Agriculture and the ISU Foundation. The two-hour forum began with a welcome by Catherine Woteki, dean of the College, and led into a forum moderated by Rick Foster, vice president for programming with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Panelists included ISU President Gregory Geoffroy, James Oblinger, chancellor, North Carolina State University (an ISU agricultural alumnus); and Duane Acker, retired president, Kansas State University (an ISU agricultural alumnus). NAADA provides education and support for professionals, volunteers and student leaders who are dedicated to expanding the human resources and financial support for land-grant colleges of agricultural sciences and related programs.
KOLSCHOWSKYS RECEIVE NAADA PHILANTHROPIST HONOR
Gerald and Karen Kolschowsky were named the recipients of the 2005 Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the opening evening program Sunday of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) annual conference in Des Moines. Gerald Kolchowsky is an ISU 1962 graduate in agribusiness. Gerald and Karen’s support established the Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Program in the College of Agriculture, which works to address food security in rural communities in developing countries.
ALUM NAMED TO FOOD SAFETY COMMITTEE
College of Agriculture alumnus Timothy Freier recently was appointed to the USDA’s National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Freier earned a master’s degree in microbiology in 1986 and his doctorate in microbiology, immunology and preventative medicine in 1991. Irene Wesley, researcher at the National Animal Disease Center and a collaborator with ISU’s Food Safety Consortium, also was named to the committee, which monitors the quality of the nation’s food supply.
AG ENGINEERING ALUM RECEIVES CIVIL ENGINEERING HONOR
Richard G. Allen, an agricultural engineering alumnus (’74) of Kimberly, Idaho, is the recipient of the 2005 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was recognized for his research on conjunctive management of groundwater and surface water, evapotranspiration and irrigation systems operation and design in arid lands. He is a faculty member in the University of Idaho’s Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
AG EDUCATION ALUM TO HEAD TEXAS A&M DEPARTMENT
College of Agriculture alumna Christine Townsend has been named head of the Texas A&M University agricultural education department. Townsend joined the university in 1984 as a visiting assistant professor. She earned a doctorate in agricultural education from Iowa State in 1981.
HIGH SCHOOLERS AND MENTORS TO GET HOOKED ON SCIENCE
Hooked on Science is a summer workshop to make high school students and their mentors aware of career opportunities available in food science and human nutrition. A mentor is an individual, such as a high school science teacher who contributes to the education of the participating student and other students. The workshop will include interactive activities and hands-on laboratory experiences in food science and human nutrition. It is scheduled for June 16 and 17 on campus. Contact: Lani McKinney at 4-4432 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More: http://www.fcs.iastate.edu/fshn/hooked.htm.
NATIONAL MEDIA CITE WORK OF LEOPOLD CENTER
The Leopold Center was mentioned in two national publications this month regarding the local food movement. The June edition of Readers Digest quoted Rich Pirog, program manager, in a story about farmers’ markets. The June 6 issue of Business Week cited the center’s consumer survey about local foods.
REGENTS TO CONSIDER PROPOSED SALE OF ISU ANKENY FARM
This week the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will consider approval of an agreement between the City of Ankeny and Iowa State on the sale of the Ankeny dairy farm. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2005/jun/ankenyfarm.shtml
USDA APPROVES PERMIT FOR BIOPHARMACEUTICAL CROP TEST
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has approved a permit for Iowa State to plant a biopharmaceutical corn field trial. The field trial will be grown on less than a quarter of an acre of land leased from the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Des Moines County. The plot is expected to be planted this week. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2005/jun/fieldtrial.shtml
STATE TRACTOR CAMP PROVIDES MACHINERY TRAINING FOR YOUTHS
The Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms will play host later this week to extension’s State Tractor Camp. The camp will train 20, 14 and 15 year olds to operate farm machinery and complete certification needed to work off their home farms. Classroom work and hands-on operating experience will take place Wednesday and Thursday, June 15 and 16. The youth also are involved in activities this week at the 4-H Camp near Boone as part of the program. This is the first time the tractor camp has been in central Iowa. Coordinator Al Grigg, extension director in Osceola and Lyon counties, has been involved in the program in Clay County since 1995.
NEW RESPONSIBILITIES, BOUNDARIES FOR LIVESTOCK SPECIALISTS
As change has occurred in the way Iowa's livestock producers operate, change also has taken place in the way ISU Extension provides assistance to those producers. The most recent change is a new staffing plan that shifts some personnel from being livestock generalists to being specialists in one of three species -- beef, dairy or swine. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/extension.html
RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION FARM FIELD DAYS BEGIN JUNE 23
Asian soybean rust will be a prime topic at the Research and Demonstration Farms six summer field days scheduled to begin June 23. In addition, a specialty field day is set for July 28 at the Horticulture Station and seven late summer field days begin Aug. 24. There also will be nine demonstration garden field days running from July 25 to Aug. 6. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/fieldays.html
VOLUNTARY PROGRAMS CAN HELP IMPROVE WATER QUALITY
A recent report from Iowa State compares two voluntary environmental improvement programs for livestock. “Overall, the results of the survey indicate that both programs were successful in moving producers toward improved stewardship and practices that will better protect water quality,” says John Lawrence, director of ISU’s Iowa Beef Center. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/jun/070603.htm
YOUTH VISIT AMES FOR 2005 IOWA 4-H CONFERENCE
More than 1,000 Iowa youth will arrive in Ames for the annual Iowa 4-H Conference on June 28. Students who have completed eighth through 12th grade are eligible to attend this three-day event on campus. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/jun/300804.htm
HEIRLOOM GARDEN CROPS GET BOOST AT STATE FAIR
Horticulture and food competitions during the 2005 Iowa State Fair have been expanded to include new categories for judging heirloom fruits and vegetables. The competitions are part of a Leopold Center special project to promote the variety of Iowa’s produce heritage. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2005/heirloom_061305.htm
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
A CONCISE RESOURCE FOR WRITING SCIENTIFIC PAPERS
The American Psychological Association's editors found that big style manuals intimidate people who aren't professional writers and editors. Using their experience in editing articles submitted to the association's journals, the editors stripped down the two-pound-plus Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to its most essential parts and published these as, “Concise Rules of APA Style.” The Writing that Works Newsletter staff suggests the publication may be a useful resource for those writing scientific and research papers. More: http://www.apa.org/books/4210000.html. (Writing That Works, May 2005)
COLLEGE HAS HAD MANY IOWA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES FELLOWS
This past spring, Iowa State associate professor of agronomy Lee Burras was named a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Sciences. He was the 35th Iowa State professor to be inducted into the academy and the 11th College of Agriculture professor honored since the society was founded in 1875. The others include: Diane Debinski, ecology, evolution & organismal biology, inducted in 2002; James Dinsmore, natural resource ecology and management, 1999; Donald Duvick, agronomy, 1991; Abraham Epstein, plant pathology, 1999; Thomas Fenton, agronomy, 1998; Kenneth Frey, agronomy, 1957; Earl Hammond, food science and human nutrition, 1963; Erwin Klaas, natural resource ecology and management, 2000; Harold McNabb, Jr., natural resource ecology and management, 1956; John Pesek, agronomy, 1972; and Richard Shibles, agronomy, 1989. C.E. Bessey, professor of botany and zoology, was a founding member and the first president of the academy.
PORK CENTER RELEASES LISTING OF IOWA STATE SWINE EXPERTS
A list of swine extension and research faculty members at Iowa State is available on the Iowa Pork Industry Center Web site. The information includes photos, contact info and main research areas for more than 40 faculty members. The table of contents is organized by subject matter, which ranges from air and water quality to food safety to welfare. The 14-page PDF document is available at: http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/information/swine.researchers.2005.pdf
GUIDEBOOK REVIEWS USDA INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
The USDA has compiled a guide for its international programs, organized by mission area and including links to web sites of the offices and programs. It is available in PDF form at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/qlinks/international/pdfs/guide_intl_programs....
COMMENT SOUGHT ON PLANS OF WORK REVISIONS
The USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service seeks public comment on proposed revisions to Guidelines for State Plans of Work for the Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds. The deadline for submitting comments is July 7. More: http://frwebgate4.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate.cgi?WAISdocID=24287389...
ISU STUDENT FULFILLS DREAM OF ROYALTY
"Ever since I was little, it's kind of been a goal or dream of mine," says Cassidy Greiman, a sophomore in agriculture studies at ISU and the 2005 Iowa Pork Queen, in a June 6 Wall Street Journal story. At one time, at least 20 states had Pork Queens. Now only Iowa and Ohio have them. Iowa's Pork Queen could be the next to go. This year, two members of the Iowa Pork Producers Association proposed replacing the queen and her princess with youth ambassadors -- boys as well as girls. Greiman says she hopes she won't be the last Pork Queen. One night, she says, "some little girl came up to me and said 'I can't wait to be Iowa Pork Queen.' " (the story also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05157/516626.stm)
BY THE NUMBERS: WHERE THE ALUMNI ARE
The following information on College of Agriculture alumni was obtained in May from the ISU Alumni Association:
- Number of living College of Agriculture alumni: 33,612
- Number residing in Iowa: 15,942
- Rank of Story, Polk and Linn counties with the most agriculture alumni: 1, 2, 3 (Story, 1,811; Polk, 1,622; Linn, 480)
- Number residing outside Iowa: 16,701
- Rank of Illinois, Minnesota and California with the most agriculture alumni outside Iowa: 1, 2, 3 (Illinois, 1,697; Minnesota, 1,440; California, 878)
- Number residing outside the United States: 969
- Rank of Canada, Malaysia and Thailand with the most agriculture alumni outside the United States: 1, 2, 3 (Canada, 98; Malaysia, 67; Thailand, 47)
Next issue: June 20
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