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

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Hightail Creamery


Hightail Delivery credits Annie's Project for flourishing creamery

Karl Kerns and his graduate students


Cell sorter technology at Iowa State ‘opens new doors’ for research

Iowa v. California Class


Iowa vs. California: Students explore two states' food systems

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

  • Three students hold a check in front of a red background

    Students take on the Food Insecurity Challenge

    Students across Iowa State University teamed up to tackle food insecurity in the second annual Food Insecurity Challenge. The competition, hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Ivy College of Business and the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, aims to teach undergraduate and graduate students about the multitude of issues those who are food insecure face by challenging them to find reachable solutions. 

  • Megan Decker in a black tank top and maroon pants standing at a railing in front of a large grassy area

    Decker recognized for outstanding achievements

    Megan Decker, senior in agricultural and rural policy studies, and international agriculture, credits her success at Iowa State University to the peers and mentors she had to lean on and draw inspiration from. She is the fall 2023 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Council Outstanding Senior Award.

  • Grace Spindler standing outside. Trees with brownish red leaves are in the background.

    Driven to care for others

    Volunteering has been an important part of Grace Spindler’s life since she was 13. She has continued giving back to others as an Iowa State University student, resulting in her being selected for the CALS Council Distinguished Service Award.