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Nov. 7, 1997

Minorities in ag set for April conference

by Steve Jones

Approximately 500 people from around the United States will visit Des Moines in April to attend the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) national conference.

The 13th annual national meeting will be hosted by Iowa State's MANRRS chapter April 1-4 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.

Many of the conference attendees will bus to Ames April 2 to tour ISU agricultural facilities and visit with university faculty and staff. They also will take part in activities acknowledging the contributions of Iowa State alumnus and famous scientist George Washington Carver.

MANRRS was organized in 1985 to promote the agricultural sciences and related professions among under-represented groups, said conference coordinator Mary de Baca, College of Agriculture.

MANRRS membership includes under-graduate and graduate students, and faculty and professionals employed in agriculture and affiliated fields, such as forestry, wildlife biology and ecological studies.

One objective of MANRRS is to increase the number of minority students in agriculture and related fields, said Terrance Campbell, food science major and president of the ISU MANRRS chapter.

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