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Student members of the Block and Bridle Club assembled care packages that were delivered to quarantined students during the fall semester.
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CALS Holiday Greeting

Thank you! Your support and commitment to our land-grant mission throughout 2020 has empowered us to be resilient, innovative, and create opportunities despite significant challenges. It is with great pride we share this video with scenes from campus during this extraordinary year. What our faculty, staff, and students were able to achieve is truly remarkable. Thank you for making it all possible!

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty and staff can contact the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Response Team to request assistance, report a problem, or share an idea of a creative, innovative approach to a recent challenge at or 515-294-0705. Self-report a case of COVID-19 using this online form.

Check Iowa State University's COVID-19 page for regular updates, FAQs, public health links, travel updates and more on this fast-developing issue.

Howard Tyler and Angelia Intini

Crossroads: From Surviving to Thriving

Almost as quickly as the pandemic descended upon Iowa State University last March, donors reached out to step up their support for students in need. By September, more than $320,000 had been distributed to 183 CALS students in need of financial support, including animal science student Angelia Intini. “I have no idea how I can thank you. I don’t know if I ever can, but I know someday I wish to pay it forward," Intini wrote in an email to Howard Tyler, CALS assistant dean of student services.

Innovation in Action

Male and female standing next to a tractor

Resources Available for Community Supported Agriculture

During the 2020 pandemic, as customers scrambled to sign up for weekly pickup or delivery of boxes of produce fresh from the farm, many CSA farmers who had been struggling for subscriptions were suddently struggling to manage overwhelming demand. The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has pulled together a list of top resources for CSA farmers. These resources focus on COVID-19 management and best practices for safe food and easy online ordering.

$4 mil. in scholarships are offered to students annually through CALS and its departments.
98% of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduates reported they were working, continuing their education or serving in the military within six months of receiving their diplomas.
4% Iowa State University’s agricultural programs rank in the top 4 percent worldwide among other agriculture and forestry institutions, according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings.