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

Megan Decker
“I’m the culmination of all the people who believed in me, inspired me, and poured a little of themselves into me.”
Megan Decker, '23 agricultural and rural policy studies, international agriculture

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

  • Elizabeth Macias

    Macias ready to help Iowa State faculty, students organize research data

    Elizabeth Macias, newly hired data analyst, will work with faculty and staff researchers, as well as students to collect, organize, analyze and share their data in standardized formats so it is easy to understand, replicate and reuse in future studies. Her primary focus will be collaborating with CALS researchers, but her services are available to any Iowa State faculty member.

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    Organic Pioneer John Reganold presents 2024 Shivvers Memorial Lecture, March 18

    Award-winning researcher, educator and author John Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology at the Washington State University, will present the 2024 Shivvers Lecture on March 18, at 7:30 p.m., in Room 2226 Bessey Hall, 2200 Osborn Drive, on the Iowa State University campus. 

  • Soc 234 Summer group

    Into the woods: Ethics class immerses students in conservation

    Shawn Dorius' Study USA course SOC 234: Conservation Ethics & Values lets students learn about the history of American conservation in the heart of the Mountain West.