Issue: 558

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
June 22, 2009 No. 558

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ISU HOSTS REGIONAL MEETING OF PHYTOPATHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
The North Central Division of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) is meeting at Reiman Gardens this week. The meeting, which began Sunday and lasts through Tuesday, includes more than 170 registrants from 12 states. Dean Wendy Wintersteen welcomed the group at a reception Sunday night. She said the college's roots in plant health science began with Charles Bessey (see more on Bessey in External Voices item below) and Louis Pammel, who established the first seed-testing laboratory in the United States. The Dean said the College continues to build on that foundation with research and education in areas that include plant response to bacterial pathogens, identifying genes essential for the soybean plant's defense against diseases and offering the first course in the United States to address crop bioterrorism.

PLANT PATHOLOGISTS PRODUCE BOOK ON PERENNIAL DISEASES
Mark Gleason and Daren Mueller, plant pathology, recently completed a new book, "Diseases of Herbacious Perennials." The book, available through APS Press, is described as "a beautifully illustrated, practical, scientifically reviewed reference book that will help you identify and solve plant disease problems specific to these valuable ornamental plants." More: http://www.shopapspress.org/diofhepe1.html

SOCIOLOGY GRAD STUDENT NAMED BORLAUG PROGRAM FELLOW
Bernard Obaa, sociology graduate student, has been selected as a fellow for the Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program. This prestigious award comes with a $20,000 scholarship and an opportunity to do dissertation research in another country. Obaa will conduct his research in Uganda, working with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

FSHN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TEAM TAKES SECOND NATIONALLY
The Food Science and Human Nutrition Product Development Team earned second-place honors at the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting earlier in June in Anaheim. The ISU team gave an oral presentation and a poster session and answered questions from judges at both events. The beverage created by the team also was put through a sensory test. The team submitted a final report, which included the formulation and production plans, a marketing plan and statistics on the beverage. The Product Development Team will look into patenting its product on the advice of two competition judges. (Two companies already have offered to produce the team's beverage.) Members of the team are: Megan Wiley, Zara Nazareth, Yanjun Liu, Devin Dutilly, Candace Ilg, Janelle Brewer, Tony Haun, Huey Shin (Rachel) Gan and Charlwit Kulchaiyawat. The team is advised by Mark Love, food science and human nutrition.

FSHN COLLEGE BOWL TEAM PLACES SECOND NATIONALLY
The FSHN College Bowl team won second place in national competition at the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting this month. The ISU team was one of six teams. College Bowl team members are: Jose Gerde, Stephanie Volk, Charlwit Kulchaiyawat, David Manu, Molly Mayer, Marne Parriott and Emily Griep. The team is coached by Patricia Murphy and Mark Love, food science and human nutrition.

AGRONOMY STUDENT WINS FIRST PLACE AT GMAP SYMPOSIUM
Dedrick Davis, agronomy graduate student, won first place during the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) portion of the third annual Graduate Minority Assistantship Program (GMAP) Research Symposium. Davis received the award for his presentation on coupled heat and water transfer in wettable and nonwettable soils. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight the research contributions of minority students receiving GMAP funding.

STUDY OF WEED CONTROL IN ROUNDUP READY CROPPING SYSTEMS
Weed scientists from six universities, including Iowa State, have been examining grower weed management practices and developing programs to evaluate and improve the sustainability of weed control in Roundup Ready cropping systems. This multistate research project is now in its fourth year. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/jun/161602.htm

CORN SOYBEAN INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP REACHES GROWERS
One of the best ways Iowa State University can help corn and soybean growers is to strengthen partnerships with private-sector agribusinesses. That's the theory behind the Corn and Soybean Initiative. Since late 2004, the initiative has been connecting with agribusinesses, retailers, commodity organizations, farm media and others to reach growers with Iowa State research, extension and educational resources. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/jun/121701.htm

RESEARCH EXAMINES DDGS FOR FORAGE-BASED BEEF SYSTEMS
ISU Extension beef specialist Dan Loy, animal science, is exploring the costs and advantages of feeding dried distillers grains as a supplement with forage or pasture-based systems. The multiyear research and demonstration project is supported by the Leopold Center. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2009/061709_DDGs.html

LEOPOLD CENTER SEEKS PROJECT IDEAS FOR 2010 AND BEYOND
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is seeking ideas for new projects that will contribute to the development of profitable farming systems and conserve natural resources. The 2009 Request for Pre-proposals explains in detail the priorities that will guide the selection of innovative new projects as part of the Center's long-running competitive grants program. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2009/062209_rfp.html

ISU HOSTS SUSTAINABLE AG EDUCATION CONFERENCE JULY 15-17
The third national conference on "Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education" will take place July 15-17 at Iowa State. Participants will share experiences, student learning ideas, program development and exchange resource materials. Fred Kirschenmann, distinguished fellow with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State, and Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska Extension specialist in holistic resource management, will address the conference. Early registration deadline is July 1. Register online, https://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/sustain/quickregister.html. For more information: http://sustainableaged.org/, or contact Amber Anderson amberada@gmail.com.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 21-23: North Central Division American Phytopathological Society meeting, Reiman Gardens, http://www.apsnet.org/members/div/northcentral/
June 23: "GOstruct: Utilizing the Structure of the Gene Ontology for Accurate Protein Function Prediction," 1 p.m., Gilman Hall, room 1352, Asa Ben-Hur, computer science, Colorado State University
June 30: "CoGe: Making Comparative Genomics Easier," 11 a.m., 1352 Gilman Hall, Eric Lyons, plant and microbial biology, University of California, Berkeley
June 24: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, noon, near Crawfordsville, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php
June 25: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., Kanawha, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php
June 30: Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9 a.m., near Sutherland, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php
July 7: Retirement reception from 2:30-4 p.m. for Ardella Krull, Gloria Lant and Helen Kepler
July 21: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/may/151401.htm

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu
July 13: Urban Forest Health Information Center; one award, $220,000. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/synopsis.do;jsessionid=SWpKK2vQGsJ1vd8G18cn...
July 15: Innovative Food Defense Projects (R18); $62,500, four awards, $250,000 available. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=FnJfK2vCyq4WXXfsTJz7s2...
July 24: Susan Harwood Training Grant (occupational safety and health training); average award $250,000, $6.9 million available. More: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/ote/sharwood.html
July 31: Requests for seed money associated with WiDAD Research Initiative; three to four awards, $75,000 available. More: For a copy of the RFP or to submit a proposal, contact Roxanne Clemens (rclemens@iastate.edu or 4-8842)
Aug. 5 (Letter of Intent): Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD); 10 to 20 awards, $6 million available. More http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09566/nsf09566.htm?govDel=USNSF_25
Aug. 14 and Dec. 14 (Letter of Intent): NHLBI Systems Biology Collaborations (R01); award size and duration will vary. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-214.html
Nov. 16: Clean Air Research Centers; $8 million award ceiling, $32 million available. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=47876

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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RAINS CREATE A SLEW OF SLOUGHS
Slew, slough and slue have similar pronunciations, but different meanings. Slew is an informal word equivalent to many or lots: "You have a slew of cattle." It is sometimes misspelled slough, a noun meaning "a swamp." And a verb, slue (or slew), means to "swing around." (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003)

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INFOGRAZING
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IOWA WOMEN IN AG CONFERENCE SET FOR JULY 30
Women with a connection to agriculture are invited to the third annual Iowa Women in Ag Conference July 30. It will be at the BioFuture Conference Center, Monsanto's Research Facility near Huxley. The conference theme is "Keeping Up with Changing Times." More http://www.iowawomeninag.org/

USDA FUNDS LABORATORY UPGRADES IN 29 STATES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is distributing $176 million in Recovery Act funding to upgrade laboratory buildings and support facilities at research locations across the country. Included in the funding is $10.5 million for the National Animal Disease Center in Ames. More: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2009/090619.2.htm

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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BESSEY NAMED TO NEBRASKA HALL OF FAME
Charles Bessey's contributions to botany will be recognized June 26 when he is inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. He will be the 25th inductee, joining the likes of frontiersman William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Boys Town founder Father Flanagan and writer Willa Cather. Bessey is known as an outstanding motivator of students and an innovator in the study and application of botany. Bessey breathed life into the study of botany, which, in the 1890s, was chiefly focused on reading books and cataloging plants by species, said John Carter, a senior research historian for the Nebraska State Historical Society. His students went into the field, got their hands dirty and used microscopes and chemistry to learn a plant's structure and function. Bessey wrote a textbook that became the standard for what was called "new botany." Bessey's biographer, Ronald C. Tobey, wrote that Bessey "transformed the dry, girls' school subject of basic botany into a gospel course for the scientific, laboratory method." Buildings are named after him at both the University Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University, where he taught before moving to Lincoln. For more go to: http://www.omaha.com/article/20090621/NEWS01/706219880, Omaha World-Herald, June 21.

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MARGINALIA
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HORSES RAISED IN ISU HORSE BARNS ON WINNING STREAK
Race horses raised in ISU's Horse Barns have been on a recent winning streak at Prairie Meadows. Brava Darby, a three-year-old filly, won her first two races and then ran second in her third, losing by a nose in a photo finish, reported Codi Burris, who heads the horse breeding program in the Department of Animal Science. Bravo Cyclone, a four-year-old gelding, won a race on June 5. Cycloneontheoasis, a three-year-old gelding, won its race June 8. According to the Thoroughbred Times Web site, this year's earnings for the horses consist of: Brava Darby, $50,782; Cycloneontheoasis, $26,850; and Bravo Cyclone, $19,969. The horses were raised in the ISU horse breeding program.

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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EDITOR
Ed Adcock, edadcock@iastate.edu
Phone: (515) 294-5616 Web site: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/

SUBSCRIBE
Ag and Life Sciences Online, the newsletter for faculty and staff in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is e-mailed every Monday. To subscribe, send your name, e-mail address and the message "Ag and Life Sciences Online subscribe" to edadcock@iastate.edu. To unsubscribe, send "Ag and Life Sciences Online unsubscribe."

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 3210 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

PLANT PATHOLOGISTS PRODUCE BOOK ON PERENNIAL DISEASES
Mark Gleason and Daren Mueller, plant pathology, recently completed a new book, "Diseases of Herbacious Perennials." The book, available through APS Press, is described as "a beautifully illustrated, practical, scientifically reviewed reference book that will help you identify and solve plant disease problems specific to these valuable ornamental plants." More: http://www.shopapspress.org/diofhepe1.html

SOCIOLOGY GRAD STUDENT NAMED BORLAUG PROGRAM FELLOW
Bernard Obaa, sociology graduate student, has been selected as a fellow for the Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program. This prestigious award comes with a $20,000 scholarship and an opportunity to do dissertation research in another country. Obaa will conduct his research in Uganda, working with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

FSHN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TEAM TAKES SECOND NATIONALLY
The Food Science and Human Nutrition Product Development Team earned second-place honors at the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting earlier in June in Anaheim. The ISU team gave an oral presentation and a poster session and answered questions from judges at both events. The beverage created by the team also was put through a sensory test. The team submitted a final report, which included the formulation and production plans, a marketing plan and statistics on the beverage. The Product Development Team will look into patenting its product on the advice of two competition judges. (Two companies already have offered to produce the team's beverage.) Members of the team are: Megan Wiley, Zara Nazareth, Yanjun Liu, Devin Dutilly, Candace Ilg, Janelle Brewer, Tony Haun, Huey Shin (Rachel) Gan and Charlwit Kulchaiyawat. The team is advised by Mark Love, food science and human nutrition.

FSHN COLLEGE BOWL TEAM PLACES SECOND NATIONALLY
The FSHN College Bowl team won second place in national competition at the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting this month. The ISU team was one of six teams. College Bowl team members are: Jose Gerde, Stephanie Volk, Charlwit Kulchaiyawat, David Manu, Molly Mayer, Marne Parriott and Emily Griep. The team is coached by Patricia Murphy and Mark Love, food science and human nutrition.

AGRONOMY STUDENT WINS FIRST PLACE AT GMAP SYMPOSIUM
Dedrick Davis, agronomy graduate student, won first place during the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) portion of the third annual Graduate Minority Assistantship Program (GMAP) Research Symposium. Davis received the award for his presentation on coupled heat and water transfer in wettable and nonwettable soils. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight the research contributions of minority students receiving GMAP funding.

STUDY OF WEED CONTROL IN ROUNDUP READY CROPPING SYSTEMS
Weed scientists from six universities, including Iowa State, have been examining grower weed management practices and developing programs to evaluate and improve the sustainability of weed control in Roundup Ready cropping systems. This multistate research project is now in its fourth year. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/jun/161602.htm

CORN SOYBEAN INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP REACHES GROWERS
One of the best ways Iowa State University can help corn and soybean growers is to strengthen partnerships with private-sector agribusinesses. That's the theory behind the Corn and Soybean Initiative. Since late 2004, the initiative has been connecting with agribusinesses, retailers, commodity organizations, farm media and others to reach growers with Iowa State research, extension and educational resources. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/jun/121701.htm

RESEARCH EXAMINES DDGS FOR FORAGE-BASED BEEF SYSTEMS
ISU Extension beef specialist Dan Loy, animal science, is exploring the costs and advantages of feeding dried distillers grains as a supplement with forage or pasture-based systems. The multiyear research and demonstration project is supported by the Leopold Center. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2009/061709_DDGs.html

LEOPOLD CENTER SEEKS PROJECT IDEAS FOR 2010 AND BEYOND
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is seeking ideas for new projects that will contribute to the development of profitable farming systems and conserve natural resources. The 2009 Request for Pre-proposals explains in detail the priorities that will guide the selection of innovative new projects as part of the Center's long-running competitive grants program. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2009/062209_rfp.html

ISU HOSTS SUSTAINABLE AG EDUCATION CONFERENCE JULY 15-17
The third national conference on "Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education" will take place July 15-17 at Iowa State. Participants will share experiences, student learning ideas, program development and exchange resource materials. Fred Kirschenmann, distinguished fellow with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State, and Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska Extension specialist in holistic resource management, will address the conference. Early registration deadline is July 1. Register online, https://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/sustain/quickregister.html. For more information: http://sustainableaged.org/, or contact Amber Anderson amberada@gmail.com.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 21-23: North Central Division American Phytopathological Society meeting, Reiman Gardens, http://www.apsnet.org/members/div/northcentral/
June 23: "GOstruct: Utilizing the Structure of the Gene Ontology for Accurate Protein Function Prediction," 1 p.m., Gilman Hall, room 1352, Asa Ben-Hur, computer science, Colorado State University
June 30: "CoGe: Making Comparative Genomics Easier," 11 a.m., 1352 Gilman Hall, Eric Lyons, plant and microbial biology, University of California, Berkeley
June 24: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, noon, near Crawfordsville, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php
June 25: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., Kanawha, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php
June 30: Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9 a.m., near Sutherland, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php
July 7: Retirement reception from 2:30-4 p.m. for Ardella Krull, Gloria Lant and Helen Kepler
July 21: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/may/151401.htm

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu
July 13: Urban Forest Health Information Center; one award, $220,000. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/synopsis.do;jsessionid=SWpKK2vQGsJ1vd8G18cn...
July 15: Innovative Food Defense Projects (R18); $62,500, four awards, $250,000 available. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=FnJfK2vCyq4WXXfsTJz7s2...
July 24: Susan Harwood Training Grant (occupational safety and health training); average award $250,000, $6.9 million available. More: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/ote/sharwood.html
July 31: Requests for seed money associated with WiDAD Research Initiative; three to four awards, $75,000 available. More: For a copy of the RFP or to submit a proposal, contact Roxanne Clemens (rclemens@iastate.edu or 4-8842)
Aug. 5 (Letter of Intent): Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD); 10 to 20 awards, $6 million available. More http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09566/nsf09566.htm?govDel=USNSF_25
Aug. 14 and Dec. 14 (Letter of Intent): NHLBI Systems Biology Collaborations (R01); award size and duration will vary. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-214.html
Nov. 16: Clean Air Research Centers; $8 million award ceiling, $32 million available. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=47876

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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RAINS CREATE A SLEW OF SLOUGHS
Slew, slough and slue have similar pronunciations, but different meanings. Slew is an informal word equivalent to many or lots: "You have a slew of cattle." It is sometimes misspelled slough, a noun meaning "a swamp." And a verb, slue (or slew), means to "swing around." (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003)

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INFOGRAZING
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IOWA WOMEN IN AG CONFERENCE SET FOR JULY 30
Women with a connection to agriculture are invited to the third annual Iowa Women in Ag Conference July 30. It will be at the BioFuture Conference Center, Monsanto's Research Facility near Huxley. The conference theme is "Keeping Up with Changing Times." More http://www.iowawomeninag.org/

USDA FUNDS LABORATORY UPGRADES IN 29 STATES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is distributing $176 million in Recovery Act funding to upgrade laboratory buildings and support facilities at research locations across the country. Included in the funding is $10.5 million for the National Animal Disease Center in Ames. More: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2009/090619.2.htm

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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BESSEY NAMED TO NEBRASKA HALL OF FAME
Charles Bessey's contributions to botany will be recognized June 26 when he is inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. He will be the 25th inductee, joining the likes of frontiersman William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Boys Town founder Father Flanagan and writer Willa Cather. Bessey is known as an outstanding motivator of students and an innovator in the study and application of botany. Bessey breathed life into the study of botany, which, in the 1890s, was chiefly focused on reading books and cataloging plants by species, said John Carter, a senior research historian for the Nebraska State Historical Society. His students went into the field, got their hands dirty and used microscopes and chemistry to learn a plant's structure and function. Bessey wrote a textbook that became the standard for what was called "new botany." Bessey's biographer, Ronald C. Tobey, wrote that Bessey "transformed the dry, girls' school subject of basic botany into a gospel course for the scientific, laboratory method." Buildings are named after him at both the University Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University, where he taught before moving to Lincoln. For more go to: http://www.omaha.com/article/20090621/NEWS01/706219880, Omaha World-Herald, June 21.

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MARGINALIA
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HORSES RAISED IN ISU HORSE BARNS ON WINNING STREAK
Race horses raised in ISU's Horse Barns have been on a recent winning streak at Prairie Meadows. Brava Darby, a three-year-old filly, won her first two races and then ran second in her third, losing by a nose in a photo finish, reported Codi Burris, who heads the horse breeding program in the Department of Animal Science. Bravo Cyclone, a four-year-old gelding, won a race on June 5. Cycloneontheoasis, a three-year-old gelding, won its race June 8. According to the Thoroughbred Times Web site, this year's earnings for the horses consist of: Brava Darby, $50,782; Cycloneontheoasis, $26,850; and Bravo Cyclone, $19,969. The horses were raised in the ISU horse breeding program.

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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EDITOR
Ed Adcock, edadcock@iastate.edu
Phone: (515) 294-5616 Web site: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/

SUBSCRIBE
Ag and Life Sciences Online, the newsletter for faculty and staff in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is e-mailed every Monday. To subscribe, send your name, e-mail address and the message "Ag and Life Sciences Online subscribe" to edadcock@iastate.edu. To unsubscribe, send "Ag and Life Sciences Online unsubscribe."

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 3210 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

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