Catching Up with CALS — Nov. 29, 2017
Dean's Message — Reinvesting Royalties
The Idaho Wheat Commission is one of CALS’ integral partners in supporting agricultural research. A new agreement between the commission and U of I creates a new model for reinvesting a larger share of royalties back into the research program that generated them.
With royalties from newly released wheat varieties expected to total a significant sum in 2017, the commission made a sustained and effective argument. Its case was boosted by its decades of support for research at the university.
CALS administrators were supportive of the commission’s position and appreciated the fresh approach by university leaders, including President Chuck Staben, Vice President for Research and Economic Development Janet Nelson and University Counsel Kent Nelson, to update the royalty distribution structure.
The key advance is the new five-year agreement with the commission specifically designates that 60 percent of wheat variety royalties will be reinvested in the variety development program.
All the faculty involved in wheat research and variety development will benefit from this new agreement. It will broaden the support for our program and expand our flexibility in wheat-related research initiatives.
The commission’s continued support for individual faculty-generated research grants is incredibly important. The additional financial support from royalties will move the entire wheat program forward.
The royalty agreement with the Idaho Wheat Commission will help the university and the college reassess other agreements focused on potatoes, oilseeds and beans.
The real impact of the new royalty model will be increasing the ability of CALS researchers to do what they do best, anticipate new scientific approaches to issues or opportunities and pursue them. That is what science does. But it can’t progress without a funding base and we are grateful to the Idaho Wheat Commission for working together in creating a template for the future.
MICHAEL P. PARRELLA
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
By the Numbers
260 holiday hams were sold during the 47th Annual Holiday Ham Sale sponsored by the U of I Livestock and Meats Judging Teams, Vandal Brand Meats and the Block and Bridle Club in 2016. The tally, which ranged from 240-300 in recent years, included about 115 bone-in, 95 boneless and 50 semiboneless hams that were shipped to 17 states. Holiday meat and cheese gift boxes shipped to more states.
Our Stories — Growing Sustainable Small Farms
Helping a new generation of farmers take root is the goal of a University of Idaho Extension workshop series, “Starting Your Sustainable Small Farm in Idaho.”
The workshop series will begin with an introductory webinar Jan. 8 from 6-7 p.m. PST, three all-day in-class sessions, a wrap-up event and two farm tours.
The all-day sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13; Saturday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pacific Time at several locations including: Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Cascade, Driggs, Moscow, Sandpoint, Kamiah and Weiser. The wrap-up event will be March 29. The farm tours will be scheduled locally with participants at each location.
"The workshop series will help those aspiring to operate small farms and ranches take a realistic look at their goals and resources." said Iris Mayes, UI Extension Latah County small farms and horticulture educator in Moscow.
“The goal is that at each site we build this community,” she said. “That’s very different from just watching a webinar.”
Jan. 6 is the registration deadline for the workshop series. Students will learn about:
- Assessing goals and resources
- Evaluating crop and livestock options
- Completing a whole-farm plan
- Exploring farming and ranching systems
- Consulting with experienced farmers
The course fee is $115 for one registrant, $35 for additional adult registrations and $5 for additional youth registrants. Some partial scholarships are available.
More information and registration instructions are available online at www.cultivatingsuccess.org/syssf. UI Extension faculty in Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Cascade, Driggs, Moscow, Sandpoint, Kamiah and Weiser will organize local sessions.
A $506,122 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture expands on a 15-year effort by the UI Extension Small Farms Program that has enrolled nearly 600 students across Idaho in the Cultivating Success training program.
BYU-I CALS Leaders Visit Moscow to Explore Collaborations
Leaders from the Brigham Young University - Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences visited Moscow Wednesday to explore opportunities for students and expanded collaboration in other areas.
The BYU-I contingent included agriculture Dean John Zenger and department chairs Kerry Huber of animal and food science, Nels Hansen of applied crop science, Steve Christenson of biology and Steve Kimpel of health, recreation, and human performance.
Huber was a U of I professor of food science in the UI - Washington State University School of Food Science before he joined the faculty at BYU-I.
The visitors met with U of I officials including President Chuck Staben, Provost John Wiencek and others in the morning.
They talked about potential collaboration in southern Idaho, including connections with the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. The group also explored graduate school opportunities for students from BYU-I, which does not have a graduate program.
The visit included tours of the Moscow campus-based Palouse Research, Extension and Education Center and presentations by U of I undergraduate and graduate students.
Faculty from both universities spent the afternoon talking about potential collaborations in more depth and touring CALS labs and the Integrated Research and Innovation Center before a gathering to recap the day’s discussions.
Faces and Places
Carly Schoepflin will serve as CALS director of communications and strategic initiatives. She joined the college’s staff in 2012 and was the college’s alumni and donor relations manager.
Auen Foundation and H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation principals Catharine Reed, Ron Auen, Sherrie Auen and CALS Dean Michael Parrella attended the dedication ceremony for a new classroom and office building at the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center near Salmon Nov. 16.
The Idaho Grain Producers Association honored former CALS Assistant Dean for Advancement Kim O’Neill with its inaugural “Idaho Grain Service” award during its recent meeting. Outgoing IGPA President “Potlatch” Joe Anderson donated the group’s traditional presidential farewell gift to the IGPA Scholarship Fund and donated gifts in his fellow executive board members’ names to the fund, too. The group also contributed proceeds from a donated quilt, bringing the total to $1,850.
- Nov. 30 — U of I CALS Thankful Thursday, Niccolls Building 103 from 8-10 a.m. and E.J. Iddings Agricultural Science Building lobby 2-4 p.m.
- Dec. 5 — Order deadline for Vandal Brand Meats 47th Annual Christmas Ham Sale
- Dec. 7 — U of I SAS (Short and Sweet) Research Speaker Series, Greg Moller, IRIC, 4-7 p.m.
- Dec. 7 — CALS Retirees Luncheon, Ag Biotech Interaction Court, noon
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