- Roy Reiman kicks off entrepreneurial lectures today
- ISU's Ag Week features student-led events, Nov. 3-9
- Reception for Russ Wilson on Oct. 28
- ISU leads Iowa-Ukraine high school exchange
- International seminars on Costa Rica, Yucatan
- Successful Grantsmanship: External funding
- Thirty teams compete in state FFA soil judging event
-Vision 2020 bus trip to DMACC, Southwestern
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Communications tips on Ag Info web site
- Henry A. Wallace on the defense of soil
- More farmers coming to the defense of soil
- Dealing with the monster in Africa -- food security
- Dealing with the Dumpster in America -- food waste
- People and places of India captured in photos
C O L L E G E N E W S
ROY REIMAN KICKS OFF ENTREPRENEURIAL LECTURES TODAY
The Reiman Entrepreneurial Lecture Series begins today (Friday),
2-3:30 p.m., Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. The guest speaker
is Roy Reiman, head of Reiman Publications and a long-time ISU
and College of Agriculture supporter.
ISU'S AG WEEK FEATURES STUDENT-LED EVENTS, NOV. 3-9
Events for Ag Week, Nov. 3-9, will include a panel discussion
on getting started in farming and a tailgater open to ISU ag alumni.
On Nov. 5, "Back to the Farm: Challenges and Opportunities"
will be held in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union, at 7 p.m.
On Nov. 8, an 11 a.m. tailgate gathering will be held before the
ISU-Colorado football game. ISU ag alumni are welcome. For tickets,
call Stacy Konz, 296-1211, by Nov. 5, or visit 119 Kildee or 1126
Agronomy. Other Ag Week events include a volleyball tournament,
mock job interviews, a hay ride at the Ag 450 Farm, a dance, a
campus display of agricultural equipment, and a formal banquet
for faculty, staff and students. All events are sponsored by student
clubs. For more information: Minde Jo Hibma, 233-8872.
RECEPTION FOR RUSS WILSON ON OCT. 28
Development director Russ Wilson has transferred from the College
of Agriculture to the ISU Foundation, where he now develops scholarships
for the university. The foundation is conducting a search for
a new director of development for agriculture. In appreciation
of his eight years of fund-raising for the college, a reception
for Wilson will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, 142 Curtiss, 9:30-11
ISU LEADS IOWA-UKRAINE HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE
A group of Iowa high school students will travel to Ukraine to
study environmental issues in farming in an exchange coordinated
by ISU. The exchange is based on an ongoing ISU environmental
education program with Iowa FFA chapters. The exchange begins
next spring, when 30 students and nine teachers from Kiev will
arrive in Iowa to stay with families in three school districts.
The same number of Iowa students and teachers will fly to Kiev
at the end of May. The exchange is funded by a $190,000 grant
from the U.S. Information Agency. For more information: 4-8454.
INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS ON COSTA RICA, YUCATAN
Two international student seminars will be held next week -- on
Costa Rica, Tuesday, Oct. 28, and on Yucatan, Thursday, Oct. 30.
Both will begin at noon in 8 Curtiss. For more information: Eduarda
SUCCESSFUL GRANTSMANSHIP: EXTERNAL FUNDING
"How to Obtain External Funding for Your Research Program"
is the topic of the next Successful Grantsmanship seminar, 6:30
p.m., Nov. 10, at Holiday Inn Gateway Center. IPRT director Joel
Snow will speak on future directions in funding, followed by presentations
on successful strategies by faculty members in zoology/genetics,
entomology, animal science, CCUR and the Rural Health Center.
Executive associate dean Colin Scanes will conclude with perspectives
on the research funding process. RSVP by Nov. 6 by contacting
Carla Persaud, 4-9376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIRTY TEAMS COMPETE IN STATE FFA SOIL JUDGING EVENT
Thirty high school teams participated in the 16th annual Iowa
FFA Soil Career Development Event on Oct. 18. Agronomist Gerald
Miller coordinated the contest and extension field specialist
Virgil Schmitt handled scoring. Sponsors included ISU Extension
and the ISU agronomy department. Soil pits for the contest were
located at ISU's Rhodes Research Farm. Montezuma, Emmetsburg,
Orient, Goose Lake and Denison qualified for the International
Land Judging Career Development Event in Oklahoma next May.
VISION 2020 BUS TRIP TO DMACC AND SOUTHWESTERN
Sign up by Oct. 31 for the next Vision 2020 bus trip to community
colleges. The Nov. 6 trip will visit Des Moines Area Community
College, Ankeny, and Southwestern Community College, Creston.
To register, contact the 2020 office: 4-2092, or email@example.com.
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
Oct. 29: Course offering materials (for schedule of classes) for
next summer session due, 23 Curtiss.
Nov. 3: College and university award nominations deadline, 130
Nov. 3-9: Ag Week.
Nov. 4: Changing Expectations of Faculty Roles and Responsibilities,
21st Century Land-Grant Universities seminar series downlink,
116 Pearson, 10:30 a.m., 4-2092.
Nov. 6: Vision 2020 bus trip to DMACC, Southwestern, 4-2496.
Nov. 10: Successful Grantsmanship: How to Obtain External Funding
for Your Research Program (RSVP by Nov. 6), 4-9376.
Nov. 11: Ag Career Day, Memorial Union.
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
COMMUNICATIONS TIPS ON AG INFO WEB SITE
Giving a speech in the near future? Thinking about writing a letter
to the editor? Tips and advice about those and other communications
opportunities can be found on Ag Information's Web site. The speech-making
information includes a checklist and outline forms to help in
preparing. There are tips about how to be an effective spokesperson
when a reporter calls. Writing letters, chairing meetings and
serving as an emcee also are covered. The Communication Skills
home page is: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/communication.html
Contact Ag Info, at 4-5616, if you have questions.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
HENRY A. WALLACE ON THE DEFENSE OF SOIL
Last week, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Wallace Genetic
Foundation established the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for
Sustainable Agriculture in the College of Agriculture. Here's
what Wallace, then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, had to say in
1939 about the importance of conserving natural resources: "On
its lands and natural resources a nation will rise or fall. Our
nation has come to a stage where conservation of our basic wealth
is vital. Upon the conservation of what we have today, our civilization
may project itself into the future with continual progress in
democracy and high standards of living."
MORE FARMERS COMING TO THE DEFENSE OF SOIL
For the first time, U.S. farmers are planting more acres using
conservation tillage than traditional intensive tillage. The Conservation
Technology Information Center reports conservation tillage systems
accounted for 110 million acres of the 295 million cropland acres
planted this year. Conventional intensive tillage acres totaled
108 million acres. Reduced-till accounted for the rest of the
cropland. Iowa was the top state in conservation tillage acres
in soybeans and ranked second in corn.
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
DEALING WITH THE MONSTER IN AFRICA -- FOOD SECURITY
"The food security problem in Africa is a monster, and sometimes
it feels like we're dealing with it with a ping-pong paddle. But
I noted two encouraging signs from today's symposium. One, there's
greater collaboration among groups with the expertise to address
the problem, including closer relationships with the private sector.
And two, U.S. AID plans to focus more attention on Africa. If
that's where the monster problem is, that's where government resources
should be focused." -- A.S. Clausi, at the conclusion of
last week's World Food Prize Symposium on food security in sub-Saharan
Africa. Clausi is past president of the Institute of Food Technologists
Foundation and a member of the prize's Council of Advisors.
DEALING WITH THE DUMPSTER IN AMERICA -- FOOD WASTE
The USDA estimates that 96 billion pounds of the 356 billion pounds
of food available for human consumption in America is lost or
wasted each year. The lion's share is thrown out by restaurants,
commercial food services and families. At a national summit on
gleaning and food recovery, Robert Hahn of the American Enterprise
Institute suggested that waste is a sign of societal success rather
than failure. "If ever there was a non-issue this is it.
The primary reason so much gets tossed is that America has the
cheapest food in the world." (New York Times, Sept. 15)
M A R G I N A L I A
PEOPLE AND PLACES OF INDIA CAPTURED IN PHOTOS
"In High Places," a collection of photos by assistant
professor of entomology Bryony Bonning, is on display through
Nov. 4 in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. Bonning took the photos
of the people, places and cultures of northern India while hiking
in the Himalayas.