Issue: 45

COLLEGE NEWS

- More Curtiss Hall offices relocate next week

- New course in precision farming offered

- More than 400 from 25 countries visit college

- Leopold deadline for conference-workshop support

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Praise for International Ag Programs' Web site

INFOGRAZING

- Field day season begins: A few ISU farm facts

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Competing with Cornells, Purdues, Iowa States

MARGINALIA

- Milk ads the cream of the crop

C O L L E G E N E W S

MORE CURTISS HALL OFFICES RELOCATE NEXT WEEK

Next week a few more College of Agriculture offices will relocate

as renovation of Curtiss Hall's first floor begins. Phone numbers

remain the same. Send campus mail to old office addresses -- except

for the Ag Development Office, which moves to Agronomy Hall. Here

they are, by date of move:

June 3: Ag Experiment Station Budget and Fiscal Office (Del Koch,

Barb Martin, Josie Niemand, Laurie Vold) will move to 225 Curtiss.

Ag Career Services (Roger Bruene, Karen Klaiber) will move to

322 Curtiss.

June 4: Ag Development Office (Russ Wilson, Donna Evans) will

move to 2303 Agronomy.

NEW COURSE ON PRECISION FARMING OFFERED

A new experimental course on precision farming will be offered

by the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

in the fall. The three-credit course is open to faculty, staff

and students. Precision agriculture involves the use of technologies

like Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical Information

Systems (GIS) to better manage crops and soil. For more information,

contact U. Sunday Tim, 4-0466 or tim@iastate.edu.

MORE THAN 400 FROM 25 COUNTRIES VISIT COLLEGE

By the end of June, about 400 visitors from more than 25 countries

will have visited the College of Agriculture since last July,

according to International Agriculture Programs. The number is

up from recent years when there were 200 to 300 visitors. About

100 of this year's visitors came from Japan and China.

LEOPOLD DEADLINE FOR CONFERENCE-WORKSHOP SUPPORT

The next deadline for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture's

Conference and Workshop Support Program is July 1. Requests of

up to $2,500 may be made from Iowa educational and nonprofit organizations.

For details, contact Rich Pirog, 4-1854.

C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

PRAISE FOR INTERNATIONAL AG PROGRAMS' WEB SITE

"Radiant" was the term used to describe International

Agriculture Programs' Web site in the April/May newsletter of

NAFSA: Association of International Educators. "It is comprehensive

(with links to banks and government home pages and a listing of

all exchange groups in the state), has broad scope (listing international

opportunities for students and faculty and speaks skillfully to

various audiences," stated the reviewer. You can find the

site at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/international/

I N F O G R A Z I N G

FIELD DAY SEASON BEGINS: A FEW ISU FARM FACTS

June begins a season of field days at ISU's Research and Demonstration

Farms around the state. Here's a few statistics about the 11 farms:

Number owned or leased by local nonprofit groups: 7

Total acreage of the farms: 6,141

Size in acres of smallest farm, Muscatine Island: 40

Size in acres of largest farm, McNay: 1,968

Number of major soil associations in Iowa: 20

Number of major soil associations covered by the farms: 12

Age of newest farm, Southwest Swine Farm: 1

Age of oldest farm, Northern: 66

Number of visitors to Northern's first summer field day in

1935: 40

Number of visitors to Northern's summer field day in 1995:

251

Number of temporary employees hired to work on the farms

this summer: 29

Number of those who are ISU students: 13

Number of lambs born in February to a Romanov-cross ewe at

McNay farm: 6

Average number of lambs born to Romanov ewes: 3.8

E X T E R N A L V O I C E S

COMPETING WITH CORNELLS, PURDUES AND IOWA STATES

A May 16 press release from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

described an increase in grants received by SIU agriculture faculty.

Tony Young, associate dean for research, said SIU got a lucky

break in hiring these new profs. "In the past, we'd identify

the best Ph.D.s coming out into the job market, but we would be

competing with the Cornells, the Purdues, the Iowa States. Then

about five years ago, a lot of institutions had to start cutting

back on positions, which put us in the driver's seat. We were

able to have our pick of the best in the nation, and we're now

beginning to see the benefits of that."

M A R G I N A L I A

MILK ADS THE CREAM OF THE CROP

The most popular print ads of 1995 were those ubiquitous photos

of celebrities sporting milk mustaches, according to an annual

survey of 20,000 U.S. consumers. Jay Schulberg, creator of the

ads for the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, said

the milk mustache pushed a lot of powerful buttons with consumers.

"It's a universal symbol of people who drink milk. It's something

every single person on earth can identify with. It conjures up

memories of youth." And, he adds, it would look surprising

and funny on a celebrity's upper lip. In just a year, the campaign

has wormed its way into popular culture, turning up in parodies,

the David Letterman show and as a question on Jeopardy ("Name

an ad that features Vanna White, Nastassja Kinski and Naomi Campbell").

(Wall Street Journal, May 20)

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