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C-FAR funded research projects on exhibition at Southern Illinois
Illinois Correspondent

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR) members are invited to participate in the organization’s annual C-FAR Day, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale.

Seven C-FAR funded research projects taking place at SIU will be spotlighted during the event, allowing members and others a rare opportunity to hear from university researchers how C-FAR’s state-appropriated funds are being utilized.

Research to be highlighted includes:

•Hoop Structures For Finishing Hogs in Southern Illinois: Gary Apgar, assoc. professor of animal science

•Enhancing Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Milk: Amer Abu Ghazela, asst. professor of animal science

•Cost and Environmental Benefits of Conservation Tillage: Luba Kurkalova, asst. professor of agribusiness economics

•Vegetable Crop Diversity in Illinois: Alan Walters, assoc. professor of horticulture

•Fescue Toxicosis in Beef Cattle: Karen Jones, assoc. professor of animal science

•Health Benefits of Soy Products: Bill Banz, professor of food and nutrition

•Protein Source and Weight Loss: Alan Higganbotham, asst. professor of food and nutrition

“C-FAR Day has proven to be a very meaningful event to directly connect stakeholders with C-FAR-funded researchers. There is no substitute for having researchers present their work at their research facilities,” said Nels Kasey, C-FAR research chair. “Researchers, in turn, appreciate having the opportunity to make such presentations for the stakeholders they serve.”

John Russin, associate dean for research of the SIU College of Agricultural Sciences, said that within C-FAR, scientists and stakeholders partner together to identify practical solutions to everyday challenges.

“(C-FAR research) is clearly a win-win collaboration that benefits all citizens of Illinois,” Russin said.

Invitations to C-FAR day are being mailed to members during mid-October. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP the C-FAR office by Monday, Nov. 6. C-FAR can by contacted by phone at 217-244-4232, by fax at 217-244-8594, or via e-mail at

This farm news was published in the Oct. 18, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.