Forestry undergraduate student Hannah Hampton collects a water sample from College Creek as part of Dr. Jan Thompson's research.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Discover your passion

Be greater than you imagine as a Cyclone. Explore CALS majors and other degree options designed to inspire, challenge and prepare you to create a better world.

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Nicole Jonas


Annie's Project leads to national reach, local impact



Shobade selected for inaugural innovation in agriculture award

Trevor Clawson


From small town Iowa to NFL stadiums

Joe Van Essendelft
“I came here not knowing anyone, and I’m leaving here feeling like I’m part of a family.”
Joe Van Essendelft, '23 agricultural business

Hands-on approach

From Cyclones in the making to those already formed, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a place for everyone. The innovations made in the labs, the farms, the forests and the fields strive to carry out Iowa State’s original land grant mission: discovering, developing, disseminating and preserving knowledge.

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Recent News

  • Combine harvesting sorghum, part of field cut.

    Exploring new sorghum cultivars’ potential as forage crop for Upper Midwest

    AMES, Iowa – Sorghum is a productive and versatile annual crop used worldwide for livestock feed. Until now, the plant, which originated in the tropics, has done best in warmer regions with longer growing seasons than the Upper Midwest. 

  • Man in dark t-shirt and ball cap and younger man in plaid shirt and ball cap in field of ripe grain.

    Ag professor father and son duo develop proso millet as crop for the future

    Ames, IA — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets, but these crops are unfamiliar to many Iowa farmers.

  • Selfie of Regan Kramer as she stands in a New Zealand pasture with grazing black and white dairy cows in the background.

    A summer among dairy cows in New Zealand

    Regan Kramer, junior in agricultural studies and international agriculture, spent her summer interning on a New Zealand dairy farm owned by Chad and Jan Winke. Of particular use during Kramer’s internship were the lessons learned in the dairy cattle science class she took at Iowa State.