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Council Highlights from Milwaukee

The four ASAE councils held business meetings at the ASAE Annual International Meeting in Milwaukee in July. Highlights from each council are listed below:

Meetings Council:

* Formed ad hoc committee to improve the quality of the annual meeting program.

* New speciality conferences approved for 2002 are: Automation Technology ATOA 2002, Third Annual International Conference on Air Pollution, Total Maximum Daily Load and Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference and Exhibition (AETC).

* Endorsed partnering program for the ASAE/CIGR Annual International Meeting in Chicago, 2002. A number of ASAE members in the United States and Canada will be asked to volunteer to serve as partners with overseas guests in this new program.

Membership Development Council:

* Approved a new dues fee structure for international members from developing countries to be sent to the ASAE Board of Trustees for final approval.

* Endorsed the concept of a career fair by the Preprofessional Advisory Board of the Preprofessional Organizations Committee to be held at the 2001 annual meeting.

* Accepted the recommendation of the Section Steering Committee to lift the existing section voluntary dues limit of $10 per member with stipulations.

* Recommended the Foundation fund an industry outreach program to build industry relationships.

* Recommended the Foundation fund establishment of an environmental student design competition. The competition would link professional engineers, regulatory agencies and students to provide engineering solutions to real-world problems.

Publications Council:

* Unveiled prototype of new Web delivery system for full-text technical publications.

* Approved a recommendation from the Forward Planning Committee to investigate online peer-review process and plans for marketing institution access to full text system.

* Refereed Publication Committee decided to discontinue printing of individual divisionals from Transactions for 2001 material unless member demand increases.

* Membership Publications suggested the concept of occasional theme issues in Resource magazine in 2001.

* Textbook and Monograph Committee discussed impact of electronic delivery. A new text, Off-Road Vehicle Engineering Principles and two monographs, Pesticides in Groundwater from Rural Domestic Wells and Advances in Soil Dynamics, Volume 2 are currently in the review process.

Standards Council:

* An all day workshop on standards development was well attended by ASAE standards development leaders. Recommendations to the council included improving standardization procedures and constituent relationships, using the internet and other electronic means of development, and increasing ASAE standards staff to aid members in the development process.

* Endorsed electronic access to standards as a benefit of ASAE membership. ASAE Standards will be available online beginning Jan. 1, 2001.

* Recognized La Verne Stetson as the first recipient of the Evelyn E. Rosentreter Standards Award.

Four Receive Leadership Citations

The Leadership Citation recognizes service to ASAE by those who would not otherwise receive recognition. The citation is for performance, not position. It recognizes service above and beyond the norm. Citations may be awarded by chairs of councils, technical divisions or institutes.

This year, four recipients were honored for outstanding service to the Society in 1999-2000. The following individuals were presented mahogany clocks with engraved brass plaques:

Michael D. Senneff was honored by Standards Council Chair Barrie L. Smith, for leadership he has provided within ASAE on standards development. He is the current chair of PM-03/13 US TAG ISO/TC23/SC7 Equipment for Harvesting.

Melissa Miller was honored by Randall C. Reeder, Publications Council chair. Miller, an ASAE staff member, developed an outstanding agricultural technology and systems management career guidance publication titled Explore.

Stephen W. Searcy was honored by Peter P. Ling, IET Division chair, for providing exemplary leadership to the IET Division.

Murray Madsen was honored by L. Dale Baker, P&M Division chair. As chair of PM-03/11 Forward Planning Standards Committee, Madsen created a concept for getting more ASAE members involved in the standards development process.

Nominations for 2001 are due at ASAE headquarters by April 1 for M-102 Award Coordinating Committee approval.

Presidential Citations for 2000

The following Presidential Citations were presented by Larry F. Huggins, ASAE President, during the ASAE Annual International Meeting.

Jan C. Jofriet, for his dedicated support and involvement with the Preprofessionals and activities at the 1999 Annual International Meeting in Toronto.

John F. Reid, for his tireless enthusiasm and successful efforts towards the revitalization of sections.

Carroll E. Goering, for his dedication, leadership and technical knowledge in the development of electronic access to ASAE publications and as chair of the Publications Forward Planning Committee.

Donna Hull, for her vision and dedication to the development of electronic access to ASAE publications and her commitment to fiscally sound solutions.

Gary D. Bubenzer, for his many years of outstanding leadership to the Publications Council during its formative years and for laying the foundation for the launch into electronic publications for the Society.

Herbert W. Cooley, for exceptional execution of his responsibilities as national Preprofessional secretary. By recognizing a critical need for effective communication with and among his fellow national officers, he created and sustained an environment that enabled the organization to achieve its goals.

Joel L. Cuello, for the concept and successful execution of a project to identify and publicize the most outstanding agricultural engineering achievements of the 20th century.

Lalit R. Verma and Loren E. Bode, for their outstanding leadership in bringing forth new ABET program criteria for those educational programs for which ASAE is the lead society. These criteria embrace the diverse missions of the education institutions this profession encompasses. The criteria also communicates to the general public a consistent theme and an understanding of the unique knowledge domain for which graduates of our engineering programs acquire.

John Hood, for his successful conversion of the Society's numerous computer systems into an integrated set of services with online private access by members to their personal information with secure e-business capabilities.

Comments Sought on Proposed Revisions to ANSI Lawnmower Standard

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has formally sent to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for public review, comment and canvass review proposed revisions to the 1998 Lawnmower Standard (ANSI B71.l - 1998). ANSI requires a public review period for the revisions, which anyone may comment on.

Anyone who wishes to review and comment on the revisions should contact ASAE member John F. Liskey, director of statistical and technical services, OPEI, 703-549-7600. The comment period for review ends Dec. 18, 2000. Liskey is the ANSI B71 and OPEI liaison to the ASAE Turf and Landscape Equipment Systems Committee (PM-52).

The B71.1 standard is referenced by ASAE standards and covers safety specifications for various types of mowers. Major proposed revisions to the standard include revised stability requirements, additional safety pictorials and numerous other changes.

2000 Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Recipients

These awards recognize outstanding effort and achievement in developing noteworthy educational materials.

I. Films, Satellite Conferences, Videotapes, Slide Sets or Overhead Transparency Sets

"Livestock Safety for Kids," by Carolynn MacAlister, Ray Huhnke, Craig Woods and Kathy Conry.

"On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems: Constructed Wetlands," by Bruce Lesikar, Austin Moore and Jerrold Summerlin.

"Well Plugging: Plugging Abandoned Wells in Texas," by Bruce Lesikar, Austin Moore and Jerrold Summerlin.

"Surviving the Storm: Coordination, Communication and Cooperation," by Carol Lehtola, Al Williamson, Charles Brown and Chris Eversole.

"Helping Four-Legged Friends Survive the Storm," by Carol Lehtola, Al Williamson, Charles Brown and Chris Eversole.

"Oklahoma Poultry Waste Management Education," by Tami Krehbiel and Doug Hamilton.

II. Extension Methods

"Land Application Training and Demonstration Center," by Ronald Sheffield, Karl Shaffer, L.T. Woodief Jr., Mike Adcock and Freddie Aldridge.

"Transition Dairy Cattle Management," by Mike Hutjens, Kevin Janni, Lee Kilmer, Randy Sharer and Jim Barmore.

III. Publications: Fact Sheets

"Salt/Salinity Tolerance," by John Bischoff and Hal Werner.

"Movement of Odors Off Farm," by Douglas Hamilton and J.D. Carlson.

"Nutrient Management for Georgia Agriculture," by Mark Risse and the Nutrient Management Task Force.

"River Course: Application of the Rosgen Stream Classification System to North Carolina," by William Harman and Gregory Jennings.

IV. Publications: Circulars

"IPM Control of White Mold in Irrigated Dry Beans," by Richard Meronuck, Kasia Duellman, Linda Kinkel, Jerry Wright, George Rehms and Mel Wiens.

"Sludge Management and Closure Procedures for Anaerobic Lagoons," by Ronald Sheffield, James Barker and Karl Shaffer.

"Private Wells -- Safe Location and Construction," by Danny Rogers, G. Morgan Powell and Barbara Dallemand.

"Land Use and Water Quality," by Jane Frankenberger.

"Water Resources of Clinton County," by Jane Frankenberger and Sarah Brichford.

V. Publications: Bulletins

"Understanding Your Water Test Report," by Michael Bradshaw and C. Morgan Powell.

"Managing Texas Groundwater Resources Through Groundwater Conservation Districts," by Guy Fipps.

"Wellhead Protection for Safe Drinking Water in Indiana," by Barbara Cooper, Jane Frankenberger, Fred Whitford and Larry Theller.

"Residue Management Choices," by John Pingry, Ronald Schuler, Richard Wolkowski and Bruce Webendorfer.

"Manure Management Choices for Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Cattle Operations," by Bruce Webendorfer, Renae Anderson, Edward Odgers, Gail Puzach and Robert Wilson.

"On-Site Wastewater Treatment Series," by Bruce Lesikar, Russell Persyn, Juan Enciso, Diane Bowen and Jerry Nucker.

"Sand Bioreactors for Wastewater Treatment," by Karen Mancl and Don Rector.

"Reducing Spray Drift' by H. Erdal Ozkan.

"Marine Container Transport of Chilled Perishable Produce," by James Thompson, Patrick Brecht, Tom Hinsch and Adel Kader.

VI. Publications: Manuals or Workbooks

"Start Your Engines," by Margaret Sage, Angie Muchow, Ronald Schuler and Ann Rund.

"Farm Rescue: Responding to Incidents and Emergencies in Agricultural Settings," by William Field, L. Dale Baker, Rollin Schneider, Clair Young and Dennis Murphy.

"Poultry Waste Management Handbook," by Eldridge Collins Jr., James Barker, Lewis Carr, Herbert Brodie and John Martin Jr.

VII. Publications: Periodicals or Newsletters

"The Neuse Letter," by Andy Fisher, Mitch Woodward, Bill Hunt, Greg Jennings, Craven Hudson, Bill Lord, Mike Regans, David Hardy, Deanna Osmond and Steve Hodges.

VIII. Models or Instructive Displays

"Household Septic System Education," by Kathryn Farrell-Poe.

IX. Computer Programs

"Tractor Operation: Gearing Up for Safety," by Roger Tormoehlen, Richard Fox, Ernie Sheldon and Craig Personett.

X. Web Pages

"Safe Water for the Future" Web site, by Jane Frankenberger, Brent Ladd, Barbara Cooper, Matthew Dennis and Carol Sikler.


A Member Driven Society

ASAE President Harmon Towne, Brock Mfg.

ASAE has become a member driven society since its reorganization. There have been a number of actions by members that show this to be true. A new biological division was formed in a matter of weeks following the annual meeting in Toronto. At the annual meeting this July in Milwaukee, Robert Bottcher at North Carolina State felt there should be a student contest in the environmental area. Plans are ongoing to make this a reality. And what about the quarter-scale tractor pull? A group of ASAE members got together and started something that has grown to be very successful.

These are examples of ways members have been able to make changes or additions to ASAE without a lot of oversight. This speaks well of the way we operate. You, the members, have a lot to say about how our Society will grow.

The trends the past three years show that we have done a reasonably good job in recruiting new members. However, we must work hard to retain these and our current members. When the number of new members is only slightly more than the number we lose, we don't grow much. How can we change this trend?

My experience has been that individuals will normally say more to people that they know than they will in surveys. If you know of someone who has not maintained their membership in ASAE ask them why. Do we need to make some changes or add some programs to keep them in the Society? Or maybe you feel that your needs are not being met and wonder why you stay. Rather than not renewing your membership, address the needs you have with others in the Society. You may also find that nonmembers have the same needs, and by meeting those needs, the Society grows. Remember, in a member driven society, you have a lot of latitude in determining what the society looks like and how it meets your needs.

ASAE has taken a giant step in meeting member needs with the electronic publications initiative. I like to refer to it as electronic connectivity because I see it going beyond just publications. As it comes online in January 2001, all paid members will have access to the site as a benefit of membership. The councils felt this access should be a membership benefit with no additional cost to members.

This is a big step for ASAE. For example, in publication sales alone, the publications council gave three possible scenarios as to the financial impact to the Society. The first says that because of sales of site licenses to universities and others it could be a break-even situation. The worst case says the Society could lose more than $200,000. The most likely case says we could have about a $70,000 shortfall.

Due to the Society's strong financial reserves, the board of trustees has said it was willing to take the approach of seeing what happens. After having a better idea of the financial impact, it will then be determined what the best approach is to ensure the Society remains financially neutral. One aspect could be a modest dues increase, but the overall financial impact on the members would still cost less as all information is available electronically as a benefit of membership.

What else does ASAE need to do to meet member needs? It is up to you, the members, to identify new needs or changes. You should take an active role in seeing that they happen. Remember, ASAE is now a member driven Society.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas or concerns about your Society. Either email them to, phone 219-658-4191, fax 219-658-4133 or write to ASAE, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659.

Auction Earns $6,597

The second annual Silent Auction, sponsored by the ASAE Foundation, provided $6,597 toward endowing the ASAE Foundation Scholarship Fund. The auction was held at the ASAE annual meeting in Milwaukee.

This year's receipts of $7,954 which includes the auction proceeds plus other contributions made this year, brings the fund total balance to $12,026. An endowed fund of $20,000 will provide an annual stipend of $1,000 to a student majoring in agricultural or biological engineering.

The auctioned items were donated by members, employers and others. Items included a lawn mower, vacation packages, pedal tractor, model tractors and trucks, golf equipment, clothing, cases of roast duckling, California wines and a Lake Michigan fishing trip.

The Foundation provides funds for Society projects not funded by the annual budget. For more information on how your contribution could increase the effectiveness of ASAE, contact one of the Foundation trustees or Foundation Administrator Duffy Beaty at ASAE headquarters, 616-429-0300, ext. 312,


Price Named Student Engineer of the Year

Kevin A. Price, a 2000 graduate of the agricultural and biological engineering department at Purdue University, was the 2000 recipient of the ASAE Student Engineer of the Year Scholarship Award. Price was presented with the $1,000 scholarship at an awards banquet April 27.

As a student member of ASAE, Price held the office of vice-president for the Purdue University Student Branch. He was the student branch team captain for the Quarter-Scale Tractor Design Competition and served as a member of the ASAE National Preprofessional Advisory Board.

Price plans to pursue a master's degree in agricultural engineering.

Yakimishen Receives Adams Scholarship

Ryan W. Yakimishen, a biosystems engineering student with an emphasis in agricultural machinery product design at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, was the 2000 recipient of the William J. and Marijane E. Adams Jr. scholarship. Yakimishen was presented with the $1,000 grant at the North Central Sections joint ASAE/CSAE conference in September.

Yakimishen was secretary of the student council for the biosystems and engineering department and held membership in both ASAE and CSAE. For two years, he was a university team member in the Quarter-Scale Tractor Design Competition.

Apply Now for These $1,000 Scholarships

Student Engineer of the Year

Entries due Feb. 15

This scholarship is presented to an outstanding engineering undergraduate ASAE student member enrolled in an engineering department in the United States or Canada. Applicants must complete an application form available from ASAE, detailing pre-senior activities and accomplishments. Entrants are also required to prepare a paper, not to exceed 500 words, on the theme, "My Goals in the Engineering Profession."

A $1,000 scholarship cash award is given to the winning student designated by the P-120 Student Organizations Committee. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Roger R. Yoerger through the ASAE Foundation.

Adams Scholarship

Entries due April 15

This scholarship is intended for an undergraduate student who has a special interest in agricultural machinery product design and development and is a major in a biological or agricultural engineering program accredited by ABET or CEAB; is a student member of ASAE; is in at least the second year of study towards a degree; and no more than a junior at the time of application. The student must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 and can attest to the need for financial aid.

A $1,000 scholarship cash award is given to the winning student designated by the P-120 Student Organizations Committee. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Adams Jr. through the ASAE Foundation.

For more information concerning these scholarships visit the ASAE Web site or contact Carol Flautt at, 616-428-6336.

2000 ASAE Paper Award Winners

Superior Paper Award Winners:

G.J. Riley and K.G. Gebremedhin, "Axial and Rotational Stifihess Model of Metal-Plate-Connected Wood Truss Joints," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No.3.

J.G. Tharra, Y Tao, J. Walker and C. Griffis, "Internal Temperature of Cooked Chicken Meat Through Infrared Imaging and Time Series Analysis," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 5.

J. Arogo, R.H. Zhang, G.L. Riskowski and D.L. Day, "Mass Transfer Coefficient for Hydrogen Sulfide Emission From Aqueous Solutions and Liquid Swine Manure," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 5.

H. Zhou and H. Xin, "Effects of Heat Lamp Output and Color on Piglets at Cool and Warm Environments," Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Vol. 15, No.4.

L. Tian, J.F. Reid and J.W Hummel, "Development of a Precision Sprayer for Site-Specific Weed Management," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 4.

R.R. Ruan, Z. Long, K. Chang, P.L. Chen and I.A. Taub, "Glass Transition Temperature Mapping Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 4.

S. Kang and S.R. Deiwiche, "Moisture Diffusion Modeling of Wheat Kernels During Soaking," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 5.

A. Bechar, I. Shmulevich, D. Eisikowitch, Y. Vaknin, B. Ronen and S. Gan-Mor, "Modeling and Experiment Analysis of Electrostatic Date Pollination," Thansactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 6.

Honorable Mention Paper Award Winners:

M.D. Matlock, D.E. Storm, M.D. Smolen, M.E. Matlock, A.M.S. McFarland and L.M. Hauck, "Development and Application of a Lotic Ecosystem Trophic Status Index," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 3.

M.D. Buser, M.L. Stone, G.H. Brusewitz, N.O. Maness and D.P. Whitelock, "Thin-Layer Drying of Marigold Flowers and Flower Components for Petal Removal," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 5.

N.L. Klocke, D.G. Watts, J.P. Schneekloth, D.R. Davison, R.W Todd and A.M. Parkhurst, "Nitrate Leaching in Irrigated Corn and Soybean in a SemiArid Climate," Thansactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 6.

T.S. Stombaugh, E.R. Benson and J.W Hummel, "Guidance Control of Agricultural Vehicles at High Field Speeds," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 2.

C.T. Altendorf, R.L. Elliott, E.W. Stevens and M.L. Stone, "Development and Validation of a Neural Network Model for Soil Water Content Prediction with Comparison to Regression Techniques," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 3.

D.M. Temple, "Flow Resistance of Grass-Lined Channel Banks," Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Vol. 15, No. 2.

S.T. Drummond, C.W Fraisse and K.A. Sudduth, "Combine Harvest Area Determination by Vector Processing of GPS Position Data," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 5.

D.B. Parker, D.E. Eisenhauer, D.D. Schulte and J.A. Nienaber, "Seepage Characteristics and Hydraulic Properties of a Feedlot Runoff Storage Pond," Transactions of the ASAE, Vol. 42, No. 2.

New Foundation Administrator

Duffy Beaty joined ASAE headquarters staff in August as ASAE Foundation administrator.

Beaty was previously employed for nine years by an international aerospace investment-casting corporation as a customer service representative. Prior to that position, she was a recreation assistant in Augsburg, Germany, where she planned and implemented fund-raising leisure activities for Americans living overseas. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland, European Division, with a bachelor's degree in business management.

"I am looking forward to future opportunities in planning and implementing fun, informative and interesting fund-raising programs. ASAE has such a large and successful member base, that any opportunity to get together and exchange ideas, raise awareness and funds to further promote and secure the profession is a win-win for all involved."

Beaty can be contacted at 616-429-0300, ext. 312 or for information on giving to the ASAE Foundation.

Young Joins Membership Dept.

Linda Young joined headquarters staff in June as membership administrator.

Young updates member data, works with dues invoicing, and provides member information and service.

For the past 15 years, Young has been employed in education, where she managed a bookstore and was athletic director secretary.

"I feel very privileged to be working in a society with members who have the opportunity to eventually solve the problems of world hunger. I am learning so much about the dedication and hard work our members put into helping people worldwide. Every day is a learning experience and an opportunity to help our members in this vital industry."

Young can be contacted at 616-429-0300, ext. 306 or

CIGR Playing an Important Role Worldwide

Bill A. Stout, 1999-2000 CIGR President

Nowhere is the need for agricultural engineering technology greater than Eastern Europe. The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has had a profound impact in the former Soviet Republics as well as surrounding countries. The Russian economy is struggling.

In the June 2000 issue of the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR) electronic journal, Dmitry Strebkov writes, "The development process in Russian agriculture has been severely undermined by lack of money for investment, a high inflation rate and the decline in the output of agriculture and the machinery industry. Since 1991 the volume of agricultural production has decreased by 50 percent."

Salaries for agricultural engineers and other professionals in Russia are unacceptably low. A high-level agricultural engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture told me he earns about $35 U.S. dollars a month. His wife, a medical doctor, earns only slightly more. The transition from a centrally planned economy to a free enterprise system is painful and uncertain.

Low salaries are not limited to Russia. In Estonia a dean said he earns $7,000 a year. Young assistant and associate professors earn perhaps half that amount. Highly qualified young agricultural engineers can double or triple their salaries in industry. Consequently, there are few young faculty members, a fact that can limit future development. The situation is similar in Latvia.

CIGR is helping Russians and others in the region in this difficult transition period. At an April 2000 meeting on Ecology and Agricultural Machinery in St. Petersburg, the Euro-Asian Association of Agricultural Engineers (EAAAE) was formed with charter members Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. EAAAE will operate under the CIGR global network as its sixth regional association. ASAE is one of the regional associations. While the working language of CIGR is English, EAAAE will operate in Russian with the goal of serving Russian speaking areas of the former Soviet Republics, the Baltic States and other East European countries. Selected CIGR publications will be translated to Russian and distributed to EAAAE members.

Consider the situation in other East European countries. Many of Poland's exports prior to 1991 went to the Soviet Union. Now there is little money available to purchase Polish machinery and other manufactured goods, so Polish exports have dried up causing a devastating impact. Unemployment is high. Downsizing of agricultural engineering institutes is common. The situation is similar in Estonia and Latvia.

Information processing and management is receiving great attention in Poland and worldwide. CIGR is making plans to add a seventh technical section on information technology. A task force is developing a mission statement, goals, objectives and operating procedures. The executive board is expected to implement the task force recommendations at the CIGR World Congress in Tsukuba City, Japan later this month.

Despite the sluggish economy and frustrations, I found much optimism that life will get better. Most everyone wants to forget the hardships of life under communism. Many people told me, "We wasted 50 years of development under communism. We will never regain the position we had prior to World War II."

I was told about chronic shortages of food and other basic necessities. One person described the lines at the supermarket to purchase bread, meat and toilet paper. After standing in line for a couple of hours, the supply was often gone and the wait was wasted time.

The frustrations sometimes include decisions by local politicians. One Baltic country is considering abandoning domestic agriculture and relying completely on imported food. The result would mean downsizing of agricultural engineering and other agricultural programs. What happens in the event of a disruption of food imports? If the agricultural infrastructure is abandoned, it will be difficult to rebuild if wiser politicians have a change of heart. CIGR is working with local agricultural engineers to resist unwise policies that could jeopardize food supplies and raise prices.

I asked an agricultural engineer in Estonia what was the number one problem his institute was addressing? He said, "The lack of profitability of agricultural production." When will governments learn that cheap food to please urban voters is bad policy? Every link in the food chain must be profitable if food supplies are to be adequate for all.

The need for a professional organization supporting agricultural engineers in Eastern Europe and worldwide has never been greater. CIGR services like the five-volume handbook published by ASAE, the peer-reviewed CIGR electronic journal and the CIGR/FAO global e-mail network have created interest.

CIGR is doing well and growing. Members services are improving and generating much interest in CIGR. New member countries include Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Czech Republic, Iran, Mexico, Philippines and Turkey. EAAAE is expected to attract additional Russian-speaking countries in the future.

The author, ASAE Fellow Bill A. Stout, is a professor in the agricultural engineering department at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-2117, USA; This article is based on a five-week visit to Hungary Poland, Russia, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.

For more information about CIGR see


ASAE Fellow Marvin E. Jensen, retired agricultural engineer, was recently inducted into the ARS Science Hall of Fame for his achievements in irrigation scheduling techniques. Those inducted are nominated by their peers for making major contributions to agricultural research. The scientists must be retired or eligible to retire to receive the honor.

"Jensen developed techniques that allow field-specific irrigation," says ARS Administrator Floyd Horn. "This has helped farmers worldwide save water and energy, improve yields and reduce leaching of agricultural chemicals into groundwater."

Jensen joined ARS in 1955 and served as the national program leader for water management research from 1978 until his retirement in 1987. He has been a member of ASAE for 49 years.

"I am honored to have been selected for the ARS Science Hall of Fame, It is especially meaningful to me since it has been 13 years since I retired from ARS. I spent 32 years with the agency, but continue to pursue related studies of interest. I am grateful to my peers for taking the time to nominate me."

Daryl B. Lund, former dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, will become the executive director of the North Central Regional Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors on Jan. 8, 2001. His office will be located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a 28-year member of ASAE.

Harold T. Wiedemann, P.E., 66, agricultural engineer at Texas A&M University Research and Extension Center, retired Aug. 31. During his 42 years with Texas A&M, he served as adult education specialist, instructor, project leader and professor of agricultural engineering specializing in range-land and crop improvement practices. He earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M in 1956 and his master's degree in agricultural engineering in 1969. In 1977, he became associate professor at Texas A&M and full professor in 1988. One of Wiedemann's most significant inventions was a planting/metering device for chaffy grass seed. More than 85 percent of today's grass drills use his metering concept.

A 41-year member of ASAE, his awards include the ASAE Engineering Concept of the Year in 1990 and the Texas section Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award and ASAE publication award, both in 1994.

Wiedemann and his wife, Janet, will be moving to College Station, Texas.

ASAE Fellow Lalit R. Verma, P.E., has been named head of the department of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He was formerly with Lousiana State University (LSU) for 21 years in the department of biological and agricultural engineering, the last eight years as department head. A specialist in the processing of rice and other agricultural crops, he was appointed to the first H. Rouse Caffey Professorship at LSU AgCenter in 1996. A member of ASAE for 25 years, Verma was elected ASAE fellow in 1999. He recently received a President's Citation at the 2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting.

ASAE Fellow M.G. "Ron" Britton, RE., has been appointed to the newly created position of associate dean, engineering design in the faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba. Britton is responsible for implementing a faculty wide program to produce design-ready engineering graduates. In meeting this challenge, the faculty intends to develop closer links with the engineering design community by bringing professional engineers into classrooms and laboratories to add their perspectives on the reality of careers in engineering. Britton has been a member of ASAB for 34 years.

Digvir S. Jayas, P.E., associate dean research, faculty of agricultural and food sciences, University of Manitoba has been appointed chair of the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. This national organization regulates the profession of engineering in Canada and licenses the country's professional engineers.

Jayas graduated from G.B. Pant University, India, the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan. He has managed 40 research grants and contracts totaling $7 million. He conducts research in physical properties of agricultural products; controlled atmosphere storage of grains, oilseeds, potatoes and meat; mathematical modelling of stored grain ecosystems and digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the agri-food industry. He has been a member of ASAE since 1982.


ASAE Fellow Lawrence H. Hodges, P.E., 80, ASAE president in 1973-1974, died Aug. 27, 2000, at his home in Racine, Wis. He had been a member of ASAE for 57 years.

Hodges graduated in 1943 from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. He served in the European Campaign Artillery Division during World War II, retiring as lieutenant colonel.

In 1951, he received a second bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1952, he joined J.I. Case in Rockford, Ill., where he served as plant manager. Moving to Racine in 1959, Hodges later served as vice president of technical affairs for J.I. Case.

Establishing a technical affairs consulting business in 1981, Hodges specialized in agricultural, mechanical, construction and industrial industries. He worked as a consultant and expert witness until his death. Hodges was honored with many awards throughout his lifetime. He received the ASAE Wisconsin Engineer of the Year Award in 1975 and the ASAE Cyrus Hall McCormick Medal in 1985. He was named ASAE fellow in 1980. In 1985, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Mayo, a daughter, Lynn of Madison, Wis., two granddaughters and a sister. Memorials may be made to Rosehill Cemetery, Tulia, Texas 79088.
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