Issue: 598

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COLLEGE NEWS <br>
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MORTON NAMED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF LEOPOLD CENTER<br>
Lois Wright Morton, sociology, has been named interim director of the Leopold Center following a nationwide search that ended without a candidate being selected. Morton will begin her appointment on July 1. She will fill the position currently held by Jerry DeWitt, who is retiring after 38 years of service to the university. More: <a href="/news/releases/839/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/839/</a> <br>
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ISU ALUM TO SPEAK ON SERVING HUMANITY THROUGH FOOD SCIENCE<br>
Alex Buchanan, international food technologist and ISU alumnus, will present &#147;Food Science and Humanitarianism&#148; on Wednesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. Buchanan has developed such products as infant foods and high-protein biscuits for use in developing countries and disaster relief. He received his master&#146;s degree in dairy bacteriology and agricultural economics from ISU in 1960. CALS, Food Science and Human Nutrition, the ISU Committee on Lectures and the Midwest Dairy Association sponsor the lecture. More: <a href="/news/releases/837/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/837/</a> <br>
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ALUMNI AND ASSOCIATION HONORED AT DISTINGUISHED AWARDS CELEBRATION<br>
The ISU Alumni Association and the ISU Foundation recognized alumni, friends and an association with its most prestigious honors during the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration Friday, April 16. Nancy Cox (1970 bacteriology) and Roy Reiman (1957 agricultural journalism) received the distinguished alumni award, which honors alumni who are nationally and/or internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their professions or life&#146;s work. The Iowa Egg Council received the Order of the Knoll award recognizing outstanding generosity to the university by a corporation, foundation or association. More: <a href="http://www.foundation.iastate.edu/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=9997">http://www.foundation.iastate.edu/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&amp;id=999... <br>
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GRADUATE PROGRAMS SCORE AMONG TOP 20 IN U.S. NEWS RANKINGS<br>
ISU graduate programs in agricultural engineering and statistics rank among the country&#146;s top 20 programs, according to the latest &#147;America&#146;s Best Graduate Schools&#148; rankings by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Agricultural engineering ranked sixth overall and fifth among public universities. Statistics ranked 20th overall and 13th among public universities. More: <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/apr/gradrankings">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/apr/gradrankings</a> <br>
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CULINARY SCIENCE STUDENTS CREATE NEW ISU DINING RECIPES<br>
Curtis West, a freshman in culinary science, served a pizza casserole recipe he created to diners in the Union Drive Marketplace last week. Students enrolled in the &#147;Intro to Professional Skills in Culinary Science&#148; course are required to become paid ISU Dining employees, where they work with the chefs and cooks in the kitchen on a new recipe to be served to students in the dining hall. If the new dish is well received and cost-effective to prepare in large quantities, it may be considered for ISU Dining&#146;s regular menu rotation. More: <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/apr/newrecipes">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/apr/newrecipes</a> <br>
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RESEARCHER HELPS IDENTIFY GENE RESPONSIBLE FOR HEALTHIER CORN IN DEVELOPING AREAS<br>
Maria Salas-Fernandez, agronomy, worked with a group on how to introduce more vitamin A into corn hybrids to help cultures that depend on corn as a dietary staple. Vitamin A is one of several micronutrients that are deficient in the diets of many people, particularly those in Africa, according to Salas-Fernandez. More: <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/apr/salas">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/apr/salas</a> <br>
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HAIL DAMAGE LINKED TO INCREASED CORN EAR ROTS AND MYCOTOXINS<br>
New research on hail-damaged corn shows that hail damage during grain fill increases the risk of ear rot diseases and mycotoxin contamination. The findings are important because hail-damaged corn is often used to feed livestock, which can become ill or refuse feed if mycotoxin concentrations are too high. The study was conducted by Alison Robertson, plant pathology, Charles Hurburgh, Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, Gary Munkvold, Seed Science Endowed Chair, and Steve Ensley, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. More: <a href="/news/releases/840/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/840/</a> <br>
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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM, APRIL 20<br>
The University Honors Program is coordinating the fourth annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression on Tuesday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Seventeen students from CALS, representing nine majors, will be sharing their research with the university community and other guests through oral presentations. More: <a href="http://www.undergradresearch.iastate.edu/">http://www.undergradresearch.iastate.edu/</a> <br>
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PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGIST TO SPEAK ON MAIZE, APRIL 21<br>
The molecular genetics of kernel maturation and protein quality in maize is the topic of a food science and human nutrition departmental seminar to be held Wednesday, April 21, 4:10 p.m. in 2432 Food Sciences. The speaker is David Holding, plant molecular biologist from the University of Nebraska. He is also available to meet with faculty and students during the day on April 21. More: Clark Ford, cfford@iastate.edu <br>
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RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR SOCIOLOGY FACULTY AND STAFF, APRIL 28<br>
A retirement reception for sociology faculty and staff will be held April 28, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. Retirees are Beverlyn Allen, associate professor; William Woodman, university professor; and Ramona Wierson, office manager. <br>
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RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR MARY DE BACA, MAY 7<br>
CALS is hosting a retirement reception for Mary de Baca, director of CALS Diversity Programs, on May 7, 1 to 3 p.m. (program at 1:30) in the Gallery, Memorial Union. <br>
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DAIRY NUTRITIONIST NAMED TO NEW ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP<br>
Lance Baumgard, who specializes in dairy nutritional physiology, will fill a newly endowed professorship in the animal science department. Baumgard was recognized April 15 at a medallion ceremony as the first holder of the Norman L. Jacobson Endowed Professorship in Dairy Science. More: <a href="/news/releases/844/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/844/</a> <br>
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WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS FOOD SYSTEMS RESEARCH, COLLABORATION<br>
Local and regional food systems are not only alive and well in Iowa, they also can be profitable for farmers and the communities they serve. That&#146;s the message from the Leopold Center&#146;s 2010 Marketing and Food Systems Initiative Workshop, held April 1 in Ames. More: <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/041410_foodsystems...">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/041410_foodsystems... <br>
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CHARLES HALL CONFERENCE ROOM DEDICATED IN HORTICULTURE<br>
Charles Hall, emeritus professor in horticulture and former department head (1974-1990), and his family attended a conference room dedication on April 16. The horticulture department dedicated and named a conference room after Hall for his contributions to the department and Iowa State University. Hall had an illustrious career creating watermelon varieties. He worked to create watermelons that were round in shape, attractive, sweet and disease resistant. One of his widely known varieties is the Crimson Sweet. Hall and his wife Elsie now live in Manhattan, Kan. <br>
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STUDENTS AND STAFF MEET WITH FEEDSTUFFS MAGAZINE<br>
A group of students and staff from animal science met with Trent Loos and Sarah Muirhead, editor and publisher of Feedstuffs Magazine, on March 29 to discuss issues and challenges facing animal agriculture. The discussion focused on interacting with the media to positively place the message of agriculture before the public. Students also had an opportunity to offer their input on what issues they find most challenging. More: Brad Skaar, skaar@iastate.edu, 4-2242<br>
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DEADLINES AND REMINDERS<br>
April 21: GPSA Research Symposium, Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design, <a href="http://www.sust.ag.iastate.edu/gpsa/symposium.html">http://www.sust.ag.iastate.edu/gpsa/symposium.html</a> <br>
April 27: Sever Storm Spotter Training, 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Gallery, Memorial Union. To register, ksgodfr@iastate.edu, 4-2193.<br>
April 27-28: BIGMAP Symposium on Food, Feed and Fuel for the World, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/mar/bigmap">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/mar/bigmap</a> <br>
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EXTERNAL FUNDING<br>
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CHANGE IN SUBMISSION DATES FOR NSF DIRECTORATE FOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br>
Beginning in July 2010, NSF BIO programs will be using deadlines instead of target dates for proposal submissions unless explicitly noted in a solicitation or announcement. Proposals received after deadline dates will not be accepted for review. A deadline date may be waived only in extenuating circumstances and only with the written approval of the cognizant NSF Assistant Director/Office Head or designee. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=BIO">http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=BIO</a> <br>
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FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS<br>
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu<br>
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May 3 (preproposals): Illinois Component Conservation Innovation Grants; seven awards, $75,000, 50 percent required match, $640,000 total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53804">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53804<...
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May 7 (letter of intent): Center of Excellence for School Food Safety Research; one award, $800,000. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53770">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53770<...
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May 10 (letter of intent): Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation; 18 Scientific Software Elements awards of $300,000 to $500,000 total for three years, four Scientific Software Integration awards up to $1 million per year for three to five years, $11.4 million total anticipated funding in FY2010. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503489&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503489&amp;WT.mc_id=USNS... <br>
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May 12 (pre-application): DoD Breast Cancer Concept Award; 85 to 90 awards, $75,000 direct costs for one year, $150 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53343">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53343<...
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May 14 (pre-application): DoD Gulf War Illness Investigator-Initiated Research Award; three awards, $600,000 for up to three years, $2.88 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53736">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53736</a> <br>
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May 25: National Cancer Institute Cancer Education and Career Development Program (R25); $100,000 total direct costs annually for up to five years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-165.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-165.html</a> <br>
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May 25: Resource Program Grants in Bioinformatics (P41); $1.75 million direct costs per year for up to five years. More: <a href="http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-180.html">http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-180.html</a> <br>
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June 5: Academic-Industrial Partnerships for Translation of in vivo Imaging Systems for Cancer Investigations (R01); up to five years, not limited in amount. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-169.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-169.html</a><br>
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June 5: Investigational Nutrigenetic Studies for Cancer Prevention (R01); awards not limited in dollars, not to exceed five years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-220.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-220.html</a> <br>
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June 15 (preproposals): Surpassing Evolution: Transformative Approaches to Enhance the Efficiency of Photosynthesis - a joint Ideas Lab activity between NSF and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in the UK; 10 awards of up to $4 million for U.S. researchers and $2 million for proposals not developed through the Ideas Lab. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10559/nsf10559.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10559/nsf10559.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&amp... <br>
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June 16: AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03); $100,000 total costs for up to two years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-168.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-168.html</a><br>
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June 26: Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program; two to eight full center awards, four to 12 planning grants, $10 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09565/nsf09565.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09565/nsf09565.htm</a> <br>
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July 2: Endangered Species Program FY2010 Recovery Implementation Fund; 25 awards, species response to climate change included as one of the funding application ranking criteria in FY2010. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53678">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53678</a> <br>
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July 7: Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis; six to eight awards, $125,000 to $150,000 per award, $1.2 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10557/nsf10557.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10557/nsf10557.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&amp... <br>
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July 13: Long Term Research in Environmental Biology; 15 to 20 awards, $450,000 per award, $2 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53745">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53745</a> <br>
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July 15: EPA Computational Toxicology: Biologically-based Multi-scale Modeling; Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Program; four awards, $750,000 per award, $3 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53800">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53800</a> <br>
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July 16 (letter of intent): The International Neuroscience Fellowship (F05); up to three years of support for research training. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-167.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-167.html</a> <br>
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Sept. 23: Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering; one to three years, average award $100,000 for individual investigators, $200,000 for multiple investigators. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501024">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501024</a> <br>
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Sept. 30: Fiscal Year 2010 Endangered Species Candidate Conservation Action Funds; 25 awards, species response to climate change included as one of the funding application ranking criteria in FY2010. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53699">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53699<...
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Oct. 16: Preliminary Clinical Studies in Preparation for Large Interventional Trials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies (R34); $450,000 total direct costs over three years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-163.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-163.html</a> <br>
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April 13, 2011 (concept papers): USAID Brazil Partnership Development Program; five awards, up to five years, $2 million. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53741">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53741</a> <br>
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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK<br>
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WHO-TV INCREASES AGRI-BUSINESS REPORTS <br>
WHO-TV is now broadcasting Iowa AgriBusiness reports at 5:50 a.m. during Today in Iowa and at 12:50 p.m. during Channel 13 News at Noon. These reports, airing Monday through Friday, are produced and anchored by veteran farm broadcaster Ken Root. More: <a href="http://www.whotv.com/about/station/who-agribusinessreportsrelease-040110...">http://www.whotv.com/about/station/who-agribusinessreportsrelease-040110... <br>
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INFOGRAZING<br>
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EARTH WEEK, APRIL 19-25<br>
Iowa State is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), with several activities during Earth Week (April 19-25). A complete calendar, including Ames community events, is online. All events are free unless noted. More: <a href="http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2010/0415/earth.php">http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2010/0415/earth.php</a> <br>
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REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS BY APRIL 23<br>
The deadline to register as a volunteer for the Special Olympics Iowa summer games is Friday, April 23. A variety of shifts and responsibilities are available by signing up online. The event, which takes place May 20-22 in Ames, draws more than 3,000 athletes statewide. More: <a href="http://www.visitames.com/ISO-Registration/Volunteer-Form.asp">http://www.visitames.com/ISO-Registration/Volunteer-Form.asp</a> <br>
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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT RELEASES ANNUAL DIGEST OF STATISTICS<br>
The U.S. Education Department&#146;s National Center for Education Statistics has published its annual compilation that gathers data released over the last 12 months about all levels of education. Among other things, the &#147;Digest of Education Statistics, 2009&#148; includes data on the number of colleges, college enrollments and college graduates; on federal and other spending on public and private education; on education attainment levels; on tuition, fees and student aid; and on a range of faculty and staff employment issues, including tenure, part time vs. full time and pay. More: <a href="http://chronicle.com/blogPost/US-Education-Department/22372/?sid=at&utm_...">http://chronicle.com/blogPost/US-Education-Department/22372/?sid=at&amp;... <br>
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INTERNAL VOICES<br>
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UPDATE FROM ISU RESEARCH FARM IN SOUTHWEST IOWA<br>
Bernie Havlovic, superintendent of the Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis, provides this April 18 update on research farm activities: The compost was spread for the organic experiments as well as getting the oat plots planted. The rest of the week was spent applying liquid nitrogen to the corn ground and working tillage plots that required it. A third planting date of corn was put in. Herbicide was applied to Miscanthus plots. Corn planting will start this week. The initial grape pruning was completed last Monday and by Thursday the final cuts were made to the vines based on the initial pruning weights. Lime sulfur was applied to the vines on Friday and the first cultivars began to leaf out on Saturday (bud break). Repairs to the trellis wires began at week&#146;s end but still has a ways to go before completion. Cabbage, broccoli, green onions, carrots and snapdragons were planted in the high tunnel. The second planting of tomatoes were planted on Friday and the row covers and walls-o-water came off the tomatoes planted in March. Asparagus harvest has started for the year. Repairing winter damage to pasture fences continues. Calves in the feedlot continue to do well.<br>
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MARGINALIA<br>
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LAWNMOWER&#146;S SERVICED: 195<br>
The Agriculture Systems Technology Club serviced 195 lawn mowers during its annual Lawnmower Service Days, held April 9-10. The club has been offering this service for approximately 30 years. <br>
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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE<br>
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EDITOR<br>
Julie Stewart, jstewart@iastate.edu<br>
Phone: (515) 294-5616 Web site: <a href="/aginfo/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/</a><br>
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