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Dr. Paul Lasley, Professor Iowa State University

Dr. Paul Lasley, Professor and Department Chair, Iowa State University

BS, MA, PhD University of Missouri

103 East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-0937
FAX: (515) 294-0592
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Lasley's research focuses on the organization of U.S. agriculture and how changes in agriculture affect rural communities. A major focus of his research examines trends in rural culture and what these trends suggest about the future of rural communities, families and social organizations. Lasley is a co-investigator of the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, a series of statewide surveys among farm operators on major agricultural and rural development issues. Areas of research and extension expertise include rural development, community development, sustainable agriculture, and leadership in agriculture.


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Other Voices: Reducing obesity requires unified action - Sioux City Journal

The tailgating season is in full swing with Thanksgiving around the bend — a transition from one celebration of caloric cornucopia to another. It’s as good a time as any to take stock of the recently reported national rankings of obesity and to discuss reasonable approaches to healthy eating.

Twenty-nine percent of Iowans and 28 percent of Nebraskans are obese, according to national CDC data, earning Iowa 18th place and Nebraska 21st in state rankings. Personal choices and lifestyles clearly have an impact on obesity. But when nearly a million Iowans and half a million Nebraskans are characterized as obese, it must be viewed and addressed as a social and cultural problem, as well. More