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UNI at the Capitol, UNI students lobby legislators, UNI's ABIL research program leaders speak to Iowa Assembly ag committee

February 10, 2003

Jeff Scudder, president, Northern Iowa Student Government, (319) 273-2650
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Lou Honary, director, ABIL, (319) 352-1252

Through several events, UNI representatives will be at the Capitol. Those events and the individuals who can best address them, are listed.

The Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG), led by President Jeff Scudder, has organized a series of lobbying efforts for the spring semester. They are:

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Cedar Valley Day at the Capitol, Embassy Suites in Des Moines, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

(Planning van trip with 7-15 students.)

Saturday, Feb. 15, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon.

Monday, Feb. 17, NISG meeting with student governments of Iowa State University and the University

of Iowa, State Capitol noon.

Wednesday, March 5, Regents Student Rally, State Capitol, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Goal is to have charter bus with 50+ students.)

Friday, March 7, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 29, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, April 5, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon.

Lou Honary, director of UNI Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants research program, will make a presentation to the House Ag Appropriations Committee at 10:30 am., and the Senate Agricultural Committee at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Honary will highlight the three business transitions key to understanding ABIL's growth, ending with the development of 25 industrial soybean-based products, four base oils and a viscosity modifier -- each licensed to market.

Also speaking will be Blake Hollis, owner/operator of Lanehaven Farms in Northeast Iowa, and manager of a soy pilot plant production site. He will discuss the USDA on-farm processing/manufacturing project, awarded to ABIL in 2000, that created three production pilot plants on local farms and one cooperative. During the course of this project, these pilot plants were provided an outlet for soybean oil, and established grease-processing procedures, capacities and capital requirements for production.